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The Detroit Red Wings have joined Buffalo in the new Atlantic Division

Wednesday, 08.21.2013 / 3:28 PM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)
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This season, the Detroit Red Wings join the brand new Atlantic Division. Let\u2019s take a look at what they\u2019ve been up to this offseason in the Motor City.

This season, the Detroit Red Wings join the brand new Atlantic Division. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to this offseason in the Motor City.

Last Season: 25-17-6, 56 points (7th in Western Conference)
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Defeated by Chicago 4-3 in Western Conference Semi-Finals

Buffalo's All-Time Record vs. Detroit: 52-50-13
Last Meeting: Jan. 16, 2012: Red Wings 5 – Sabres 0 at DET
2013-14 Matchups: Oct. 2 at DET, Nov. 24 at BUF, April 4 at DET, April 8 at BUF

Major Acquisitions: Daniel Alfredsson, Stephen Weiss
Major Subtractions: Carlo Colaiacovo, Valtteri Filppula
Unsigned UFAs: Damien Brunner, Daniel Cleary, Ian White
Unsigned RFAs: None

Detroit’s last season in the Western Conference ended pretty much as dramatically as possibly could have. After sneaking into the playoffs as the seventh seed and then defeating the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, they held a 3-2 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Conference Semifinals. But the Blackhawks rallied back, won Game Seven in overtime and went on to become the Stanley Cup champions.

The Red Wings say goodbye to that Original Six rivalry with Chicago and the Western Conference this season. Now they’ll try to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season, but now as one of the two new members of the Eastern Conference along with Columbus.

They haven’t missed the postseason since 1990. How long ago was that? In 1990, Milli Vanilli won the Grammy for Best New Artist, and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” took home Record of the Year honors.

In their NHL-best 22-year playoff run, the Red Wings have reached the Stanley Cup Final six times and have won hockey’s Holy Grail on four separate occasions (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008).

The Sabres will waste no time in getting to know their new divisional opponent as Buffalo opens the 2013-14 regular season at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 2 on NBCSN. In case you’re wondering, The Joe currently holds the distinction of being the fourth-oldest arena in the NHL.

Daniel Alfredsson may have caused some drama when he decided to leave Ottawa and stay within the division by signing a one-year deal with Detroit. It’s not something Sabres fans were particularly happy to hear. Alfredsson’s scored 84 point in 89 games against the Sabres.

Detroit also added Stephen Weiss, formerly of the Florida Panthers, in free agency. The Red Wings hope bringing them into a stable of forwards that includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist will improve an offense that finished tied for 19th in goals for last season.

On defense, they return Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey, Danny Dekeyser and Brian Lashoff.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard seeks to build on his 2012-13 campaign in which he finished with 21 wins, a .923 save percentage and 2.13 goals against average. Jonas Gustavsson is set to back him up for another season.

How will the Sabres and the other members of the Eastern Conference fare against this perennial contender? We’ll find out soon enough.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82