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NHL Standings: Red Wings Atop The Western Conference

It hasn't exactly been a great year for Detroit sports. The Tigers faded big time in the second half of the season and sputtered to an 81-81 record. The Pistons are struggling yet again and have had quite a few issues this season. And the Lions, despite showing improvement, are only 2-7 and their franchise quarterback is out yet again with an injury. Thankfully for all Detroit sports fans, we still have the Red Wings.

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After having a down year by the Wings' standards in 2009-10, Detroit spent the offseason getting ready to make another run at the Stanley Cup. The playoffs are still a long, long ways away, but the Wings have gotten back to their usual ways in one form by being on top of the standings in not only their division, but also the Western Conference in general:

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1. Red Wings (25 points)
2. Kings (24)
3. Canucks (23)
4. Anaheim (23)
5. San Jose (22)
6. Chicago (22)
7. St. Louis (21)
8. Colorado (21)

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Perhaps the best part of the standings is that the Wings have the most points in the conference despite playing one less game than all but one team in the West. Detroit and Columbus, which has 20 points, are the only teams in the league to play as few as 16 games. That hasn't stopped the Red Wings from being in first place, though, and really it shows just how great they have been this season.