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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, though, doesn’t want his players to simply think their talent will shine as soon as they step on the ice.

“We need to understand that you can’t skill your way around the rink,” Babcock said. “You have to work.”

Holland also hopes forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk can bounce back from 70-point seasons and produce like stars again with an improved surrounding cast.

“We really need Hank and Pavel to give us 85-plus points,” Holland said.

In goal, Detroit is counting on Jimmy Howard starting off how he finished last season, ranking among league leaders in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and being a candidate for rookie of the year.

Detroit gave up 2 1/2 goals a game last season and believes that’s a key for the storied franchise to have another special season.

“We know we’re capable of doing it,” said Lidstrom, who has helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups since 1997. “It’s just a matter of doing it now.”

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