Today’s Red Wings Know: Speed Kills

Nice piece here by Detroit News beat writer John Niyo, who illuminates one of the big reasons why the Red Wings are flying high: speed.

These aren’t your father’s Red Wings. Heck, these aren’t your Red Wings of just two years ago.

An excerpt:

“But the youth movement that began in earnest last season, when the roster was decimated by injuries, has taken hold. And so has the way some of those younger contributors approach the game — and think it — which has sped up the entire process for the Red Wings as they continue to rebuild on the fly.

“What’s different?” defenseman Brendan Smith said, repeating the question he has heard quite a bit lately. “We’re a lot faster. And I think that’s just because of the youth that we have.

“It’s familiarity, yeah. But I think the biggest thing is we have young guys with quick feet.”

And a hard-driving coach — arguably the best in the game — who insists they keep them moving, shift after shift.

The Corsi numbers — possession-based metrics — rate the Wings as a top-five team at even strength, along with Chicago, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders. But you don’t need advanced statistics to see that.”