Krupa discusses the ‘pivotal’ points of the preseason

The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa wrote a column suggesting that the Red Wings’ preseason schedule, which includes 8 games to be played over the course of 11 nights, is incredibly important as it will shape the face of the 2018-19 team:

The Red Wings begin arguably their most consequential preseason in a generation Wednesday against the Penguins.

They start with perhaps less established NHL talent than since Steve Yzerman first pulled on the Wings jersey for September games in 1983.

Positions in the lineup are available. A desperate search for the next stars continues. Lines will debut. Several prospects, in whom all hope increasingly rests, will vie for the openings.

It has been 13 years since much, if anything at all, was at stake in the preseason. In September 2005, a well-matured franchise became accustomed to a distinctly acquired taste, Mike Babcock, its new head coach.

Before that, preseasons were largely inconsequential for a decade or more, with a largely veteran lineup set, and preparing to vie for the Stanley Cup.

This preseason is more likely to suggest whether the Red Wings can merely remain competitive.

But much is of consequence, nonetheless. At stake, in part, is a winning tradition and culture of hard work for the team supplanting individual glory.

Krupa continues


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