Something about this year’s Detroit Red Wings team and what they accomplished will never really add up.
This Red Wings team was not constructed to make a long playoff run. I’m not certain that they were constructed to make the playoffs at all.
You look at the team, you see the gaping holes in the lineup. You see rookie mistakes all season. You see an inability to close out even the worst teams. And yet they ended up one win from the Western Conference Finals.
Things that seemingly shouldn’t have worked did.
Abdelkader and Datsyuk ended up clicking, with Abdelkader looking like he belonged on the top line.
I’ve said my piece on the Red Wings’ organization’s preparation (or lack thereof) for the playoff run. The team had holes that should have been addressed. For the final weeks of the season, however, the individual players elevated their respective games to overcome that.
The sum of the parts was briefly greater than the whole.
I don’t think we can count on that going forward. The holes are still there. But for a few short weeks, it was kind of awesome to see what these players could do.