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by Paul on 11/21/13 at 08:26 AM ET
from Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press,
Losing streaks are like snowflakes. Every one is different. And this has been a strange one for the Wings because they are still getting points. If the Wings were mediocre in shoot-outs instead of being horrendous, things would look pretty good right now.
So for everybody who views life as being a Cup that is half-full, consider this: Once a team comes out of a losing streak, once the coaches make needed adjustments (welcome back, Gustav Nyquist!) and the players relax and start winning, the floodgates seem to open.
In 2011-12, after the Wings went six games in a row without a win early in the season, they snapped out of it and won four in a row.
In 2010-11, after the Wings lost four straight in March, they won four in a row.
In 2008-09, after losing five in a row in January, they ripped off six straight wins.
“Anytime you go through a rough stretch, you have to pull together as a team,” Niklas Kronwall said. “That just brings the team closer together.”
So how does a team snap out of a losing streak? You pour a bunch of clichés over it.
added 8:53am, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Detroit Red Wings expect to have Gustav Nyquist in the lineup tonight against Carolina, but that will depend on defenseman Kyle Quincey.
Quincey sat out Wednesday’s practice with what coach Mike Babcock said were “bumps and bruises.” Babcock said Quincey, “will be fine,” but if he’s not — well, no Nyquist.
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