Lidstrom retired in 2012, and here are the Red Wings’ playoff runs since then: 14 games (lost to eventual Cup champs Chicago in second round), five games (lost to Boston in first round), seven games (lost to eventual Cup runners-up Tampa in first round), five games (lost to eventual Eastern Conference runners up Tampa in first round). Once he came back, they were back up to 51.7 percent, which still isn’t great but it’s certainly something you can work with.
Chris Kreider said that "hopefully" he is just scratching the surface with his game. (NHL.com) He said that his mindset is to get better "every single day" and that if you aren't improving as a player "there's no point in doing it." (NHL.com) On the NHL Network recently, Scott Gomez asked Kreider about what he wanted to improve on and Kreider said "for me it's about getting to the net on a consistent basis" taking the body, creating space for himself and his teammates and "getting to that blue paint." Craig Button said earlier in the offseason that Kreider may not have the finishing skills to be an elite scorer. Dave Maloney has said that Kreider is a better player when he plays a simple game.