It might seem hard to believe, but the Detroit Red Wings can and will be better than the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2021 season.
What do the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks have in common? They’re both Original Six teams that achieved massive amounts of success in the early 21st century. A Bowman (Scotty and Stan, respectively) helped to bring the teams their Stanley Cups. Both teams are in the midst of a rebuild — and they’re both earmarked for the bottom of the standings in the 2021 season.
It’s safe to assume that the Red Wings will make a push to improve from their horrific 2019-20 season. With new faces on the roster and a fresh outlook, they’ll be pushing to remain competitive in a newly-realigned Central Division. The Blackhawks, who will hope to do the same, publicly announced their rebuild this fall — and it was quickly met with criticism by the team’s captain.
Injuries, miscommunications, shifting cultures, and loss of long-term Blackhawks Corey Crawford and Brandon Saad have all but doomed Chicago this season. On the other hand, the Red Wings are set to improve on their worst season-to-date. With new faces and the emergence of prospects, the team will work to build on the lessons learned from last year.
With the direction both teams are headed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the Detroit Red Wings will have a stronger season than the Blackhawks.