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Cotsonika: Mediocrity not the Red Wings’ goal

The Detroit Red Wings will have a stiff test on Wednesday in hosting an Edmonton Oilers team that lost 8-3 to St. Louis Tuesday evening (Wednesday's game starts at 7 PM, and airs on FSD and Sportsnet West).

NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika reports that the 10-8-and-3 Red Wings have no desire to continue to be a middle-of-the-pack, "okay" team:

The Detroit Red Wings were on a 6-2-1 run and on the verge of winning again, leading by two against the Colorado Avalanche at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

But they allowed a power-play goal with 6:15 left in the third period, a 6-on-5 goal with 46 seconds left in the third, and the winning goal in overtime. They lost 4-3 and let a point slip away.

When they reconvened for practice Tuesday, coach Jeff Blashill told the players they had been OK against the Avalanche. The scoring chances had been almost even. The grade A chances had been even.

"OK's not good enough," Blashill said.

Not in the NHL. Not when you were in an 0-5-1 slump last month. Not when you fought back into third in the Atlantic Division, only to have several teams right behind you in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not when you're trying to do more than just make the playoffs again.

The Red Wings play the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNW, NHL.TV).

"I think this league is relentless, and if you let up for a second, you will fall behind so fast you won't know what happened to you," Blashill said. "And so you better be relentless in your approach."

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“OK’s not good enough,” Blashill said.

Well then, you’re a failure.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/22/17 at 09:49 AM ET

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Mediocrity isn’t the goal but it’s certainly been the result.

Posted by Temo from La Capital, Míchígán on 11/22/17 at 09:57 AM ET


I think the whole “rebulid on the fly” philosophy is a synonym for mediocrity although Colorado, Oilers, Panthers and Canes examples (to name a few) show that burning down the house does not always work.

Posted by VPalmer on 11/22/17 at 11:32 AM ET


Mediocrity isn’t Blashill’s goal because he wants to keep his job. It just may be Ken Holland’s. The old just sneak into the playoffs and hope you go on a run. Los Angeles did it once and Detroit has been trying to do it ever since.

Posted by Mackster from Eastern Canada on 11/22/17 at 01:50 PM ET


Colorado, Oilers, Panthers and Canes examples (to name a few) show that burning down the house does not always work.

Are there any good examples of “burning the house down” method? Pittsburg?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/22/17 at 02:34 PM ET

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