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Not The Time To Hit Panic Button

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.

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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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Why the hell should Quincey affect Nyquist…that’s just ridiculous. Quincey playing would give us 6 D…the normal number.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 11/21/13 at 09:57 AM ET

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I think what he’s saying is if Quincey is OK then Nyquist is in, but if Quincey’s not OK then they’ll have to call up a defenseman instead.

Posted by Garth on 11/21/13 at 10:04 AM ET

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Move Helm to D tonight, like Scotty did with Fedorov LOL

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 11/21/13 at 10:19 AM ET

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Will it be time to hit the button after another few games?

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 11/21/13 at 10:57 AM ET

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Nyquist recalled.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/21/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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It would be nice to see Nyquist get a shot, but I still think that was is killing them is the lack of forecheck to pressure opponents. Not sure #14 will help much with that. People forget that before the crummy game against Nashville, they played several games where they could not play with the lead and that is why they lost in the SO.

FYI - Mantha scored again last in the Subway series ... kid is huge and sure know where to go on the PP. By the way look at the zone entry on the PP, I wish the Wings did it that way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex_K_xDFH2E&feature=youtube_gdata

 

Posted by RW19 on 11/21/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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By the way look at the zone entry on the PP, I wish the Wings did it that way.

Pretty easy to enter the zone like that when it’s a 5 on 3 and one of the of the opposing players is rushing to change.  Just sayin’.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 11/21/13 at 11:31 AM ET

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the zone entry on the PP, I wish the Wings did it that way.

I just wish they’d change it up. Everybody knows they’re going to drop it to the guy standing on the wall straddling the blue line on entry, then he’s going to throw it in the corner because of too much pressure; then the forwards are going to scramble the puck along the boards under pressre, to either get pushed off the puck or pass it to a teammate that isn’t there; for the puck to be recovered by the defense and thrown down the ice past a pinching Wings defenseman to an opposing forward breaking for a scoring chance (goal) against the Wings.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 11/21/13 at 11:45 AM ET

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Detroit is one of only six teams in the NHL who haven’t allowed a shorthanded goal this season.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/21/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/21/13 at 10:52 AM ET

Sure feels like they have let in a fair share.  lol   Thanks for the fact.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 11/21/13 at 11:55 AM ET

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Beanland ... 5 on 3 or not, that was some nice puck movement and a heads up play to rush in when when he saw the guy needing a changed. The Wings PP is going good these days so I can’t complain about that but IMO Pav and Z are a bit too predictable at times.

Posted by RW19 on 11/21/13 at 01:34 PM ET

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