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DETROIT - The last two seasons have been full of drama for the Detroit Red Wings a€” just not in the way the franchise is accustomed to. Drew Gooden Jersey .Coach Mike Babcocks team has had to scramble to extend its streak to 23 consecutive post-season appearances, and although thats certainly a remarkable accomplishment, the Red Wings were hardly considered major contenders for the Stanley Cup. They havent reached the conference finals since 2009, a year after the team won its most recent championship.Detroit lost a franchise-record 421 games to injury last season, so in a sense it was encouraging that the Red Wings were still able to make playoffs. Younger players like Gustav Nyquist showed promise a€” but a five-game loss to Boston in the first round of the post-season suggested there was a wide gap between Detroit and the elite teams.We have a good team and we proved we can do good things last year. We werent 100 per cent healthy, centre Darren Helm said. This year, were hoping to stay healthy and weve got guys that can hopefully gel together.The Red Wings were unable to add any bona fide stars to their roster this off-season, so theyll hope the experience the younger players gained last season will pay dividends. Theyre also counting on better health, especially for some of their aging standouts. Henrik Zetterberg missed two months recovering from back surgery in 2013-14, and Pavel Datsyuk was bothered by an ailing left knee.Daniel Alfredsson, who tied for the team lead with 49 points last season, was nursing a sore back all off-season, and the 41-year-old wingers future remains in doubt.Detroit hopes the team-wide health problems last season at least left the Red Wings with more experienced depth.If you just look at the kids that came up last year and what they did, Zetterberg said. They basically carried us in the playoffs. Now when everyone is healthy here and we have those guys, it is exciting to see what we will do. Well be a fast team this year with a really good mix of old guys and young kids.Here are some things to watch in Detroit this season:BABCOCKS FUTURE: General manager Ken Holland signed a new deal in the off-season through the 2017-18 season. Now the focus turns to Babcock, who has one year remaining on his contract.Theres no doubting Babcocks status among the games top coaches, and keeping him could be crucial for what has been one of the leagues most stable franchises.UP AND COMING: Nyquist led the Red Wings with 28 goals despite playing only 57 games last season, and 23-year-old Tomas Tatar was second with 19.Youngsters Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff became a big part of Detroits rotation of defencemen.Our younger guys took huge steps last year, said defenceman Niklas Kronwall, who matched Alfredsson with 49 points. DK, Smitty, Lash a€” these guys played in some big games and got a taste of the playoffs.FRANZENS PRODUCTION: Johan Franzen scored 29 goals in 2011-12 a€” but he has only 30 over the last two seasons combined and has had to deal with concussion problems.I want to be a factor up front, Franzen said. We want to spread it out, but still Im one of the guys that should be scoring.IN GOAL: Goalie Jimmy Howard posted a 2.66 goals-against average last season, the second-worst of his career over a full season. His save percentage also dipped from .923 in 2012-13 to .910.UPGRADES?: Despite the franchises rich history and commitment to winning, Detroit has had a hard time luring top free agents over the last few offseasons. One player the Red Wings did sign in 2013, Stephen Weiss, is hoping to rebound after having sports hernia surgery last season and playing only 26 games.Its great to see the guys healthy, Zetterberg said. Just be out here and really have an honest chance to show what he can do. Hes a great player. We all know that. He went through a tough year last year, but he looks good out there and hes going to be good for us this year. Gordan Giricek Jersey . There, I saw a teenaged boy with tears in his eyes, being consoled by strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee. Allen Iverson Jersey . JOHNS, N. https://www.cheapgrizzlies.com/854p-andre-iguodala-jersey-grizzlies.html . You can watch the game live on TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV at 9pm et/6pm pt. Jonathan Huberdeau and Quinton Howden are expected to make their debuts for Team Canada.LeBron James return to the court in Cleveland looks like it could be against the defending champs. According to the Boston Globes Gary Washburn: "Rumor has it that the NBAs season-opening game on TNT will be San Antonio at Cleveland." The NBA schedule is expected to be released in August. A LLeBron-Spurs match-up would keep with recent Opening Day trends in the NBA with having the defending champions tip-off against marquee competition. Yuta Watanabe Jersey. The Miami Heat have played the season opener the past two seasons, hosting the Boston Celtics in 2012-13 and the Chicago Bulls last season. ' ' '