Playoff Power Meter: Wings No. 1

Detroit holds a comfortable cushion in the final regular-season rankings

Originally Published: April 9, 2012
By Alvin Chang | ESPN Insider
Jimmy HowardAnne-Marie Sorvin/US PresswireJimmy Howard has helped the Detroit Red Wings to a 0.48 goal differential this season.

It's obvious that the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings aren't as good the 2007-08 squad that won the Stanley Cup. I say this because this season's team doesn't exhibit the sheer dominance the Wings have shown in previous years. In fact, they finished third in their division. And they've won just five of their past 17 games.

But don't let this team fool you. The Red Wings have the characteristics of a Stanley Cup winner -- more so than any other club in NHL. But this time around, they aren't a juggernaut. They are strong but vulnerable.