Detroit Red Wings: Confidence key early on in 2020-21 season

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The Detroit Red Wings have started out their 2020-21 season 2-2-0 which is 15 wins shy of their 2019-20 performance in a 71-game season. This year the Red Wings will only play 56 games, but two games out of the first four look better than last year’s on-ice product.

This year’s team made some additions and has seen some strides from returning players that offer a look into a better hockey team. The short way of putting it is that the Detroit Red Wings look much better than they did in 2019-20 and Steve Yzerman‘s “Yzerplan” is well underway.

The offseason additions have not been all over the scoresheet, well, besides Bobby Ryan. Bobby Ryan leads the team in goals with four and made franchise history. His hot start has also helped build some confidence for not only Ryan but some of the other players.

Amid a COVID-19 season where players are being added to the COVID-19 list left and right, players are happy to keep playing. The Red Wings look like a better team, they look more in-line, and this early in the seasons the morale has not been destroyed yet.

The Detroit Red Wings confidence is key for their 2020-21 season.

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The expectation for the Red Wings should be that they show improvements from their 2019-20 performance.

While this is not asking much, there have to be some concrete changes. For this to happen, confidence and morale will be key.

If the team can stay in good hopes, and squeak out wins here and there, they have a chance to wind up higher in the standings than in 2019-20.

Take that with a grain of salt, they are not about to move up to a contender spot or anywhere near that, but moving out of the depths of the league would be a start.

For example, the Detroit Red Wings should be able to muster up enough wins to finish higher than the Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division.

It has only been four games, but there’s a good chance it is an indicator that the Red Wings are going to show improvements in 2020-21. The roster structure alone is much better than it was in 2019-20 and the team has played that way.

Not to mention the stellar goaltending that the Red Wings have seen so far. With Jimmy Howard moving on from the Red Wings and reportedly from hockey as well, Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss have been keeping the Red Wings in games.

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As the 2020-21 season continues, watch for the Detroit Red Wings to use their confidence to make strides from last year and letting the “Yzer-plan” continue to unfold.