Wings need big players, role players and a bit of luck

Eight things the Red Wings need to do in order to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Updated: March 5, 2003, 12:43 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

With our old friend the octopus in mind, here are eight things that must come together for the Wings to bring another Cup to Hockeytown.

They must fight off the Blues and win the Central Division. That will ensure home ice advantage and a less dangerous opponent in the first round. The Central runner-up likely will face the powerful Avalanche in the opening round. Enough said.

Curtis Joseph must be a steady force in goal. When the Wings are right, they don't allow a ton of scoring ...

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