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Praising the Wings’ resiliency

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeff Gordon praises the Red Wings' resiliency this morning:

Like the Chicago Cubs, the Maple Leafs went the tank-and-rebuild route to acquire young talent. That is totally within the rules, of course, but it far less noble than trying to contend every year -- as the Detroit Red Wings have done.

Against all odds, the Winged Wheeled has rolled into the playoffs 25 years in a row. Twenty-five!

And even with star center Pavel Datsyuk opting to finish his career in Russia and cornerstone defenseman Niklas Kronwall shelved with chronic knee problems, Detroit will be in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt again this season.

Blues fan will see that for themselves tonight at Scottrade Center.

How do the Red Wings do it? By finding jewels deeper in the NHL draft and landing undrafted free agents.

Gordon continues

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Red Winger's avatar

The media sure can be fickle at times.

A five-game winning streak, and the theme is “resiliency”, “deep in the draft”, etc. In other words, the same lines of the last ten years.

Just a few weeks ago they were tripping all over themselves with “mediocrity”, “inability to rebuild”, etc.

Which is it?

The first five-game losing streak, and it will be back to ‘normal’ for this season’s theme from the media masses.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 09:18 AM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 10:18 AM ET

Depends on whose media it is, and when.

STL media likely has payed little attention to DET until now.  So they didn’t really see the panic and badness after 0-2.

All STL is seeing is DET’s 4 in a row.

Also, they of course have interest in building DET up going into the game vs STL, because if DET is painted well enough, a STL win is an accomplishment, and a STL loss can be written off as just a loss against a good playoff team.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 09:46 AM ET

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Also, they of course have interest in building DET up going into the game vs STL, because if DET is painted well enough, a STL win is an accomplishment, and a STL loss can be written off as just a loss against a good playoff team.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 10:46 AM ET

Exactly this.  They’ve had an uneven start and could use a feel good win or a pre-arranged excuse for losing.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/27/16 at 10:10 AM ET

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It’s great to have only our second five-game winning streak since Lidstrom retired.  But I’m far from sold on how great the team is this year.

We are (using new NHL.com names for old fancystats)

—28th in shot attempt percentage
—23rd in shot attempt percentage in close situations
—25th in unblocked shot attempt percentage
—21st in unblocked shot attempt percentage
—2nd in save percentage plus shooting percentage

That, with a longer sample, would spell a bad possession team riding great goaltending and some breaks.  Such a team might win 5 or 6 in a row, but it’ll regress to mediocrity.  But I prefer to think of us as more like a work-in-progress.  The possession numbers will improve—they’re already improving and improved throughout last season.  The question is whether they improve before the goaltending cools off.  If so this could be a surprising year.

Posted by captaineclectic on 10/27/16 at 10:13 AM ET

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Posted by captaineclectic on 10/27/16 at 11:13 AM ET

I don’t look at numbers much (advanced or otherwise) yet.  Too small a sample size.

Things like TOI matter, certainly.  And you can look at things like just plain Shots, SOG, Blocks, etc.  Things like Corsi and Fenwick need more time.  But even G, A, and PTS are still kinda’ misleading so far.  A guy like Larkin has 2G already, but all 2 came last game, so he was blanked all the other games and was starting ot get a little criticism.

This really is just Eye Test time mostly for another ten games maybe.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 10:33 AM ET

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I definitely agree that it’s premature to forecast a trend or anything.  Mostly I wanted to note that (a) it’s premature to draw conclusions that the team is really good because it happens to be on a 117-point pace at the moment, given the shaky numbers underlying that; and (b) in two years of Blashill we’ve had shaky starts and solidified both times. 

I think Blashill’s a good coach, but he’s getting a bit of on-the-job training still.  If he can put it together, and if Mrazek (and Jimmy, but mostly Mrazek) can sustain high-level play, the season could go very nicely.

Posted by captaineclectic on 10/27/16 at 10:46 AM ET

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Agree, way too early to lead to any solid conclusions.

But, wow, if this is the actual beginning of this team gelling and fully implementing Blash’s style of hockey, we could be in for a relatively fun season.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 10:59 AM ET

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Hampus Lindholm has signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
So, I guess now they need to trade Fowler

Posted by VPalmer on 10/27/16 at 11:39 AM ET

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Hampus Lindholm has signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
So, I guess now they need to trade Fowler

Holland should now have all the leverage. I wouldn’t offer Anaheim anything more than Tatar, Smith and Ouellet.  If we are talking Trouba than I wouldn’t mind giving up Mantha or even AA, but no way for Fowler. He would be an upgrade over DeKeyser and the rest of our D, but still not a to level d-man.

Posted by gblgrw97 on 10/27/16 at 11:47 AM ET

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Also, they of course have interest in building DET up going into the game vs STL, because if DET is painted well enough, a STL win is an accomplishment, and a STL loss can be written off as just a loss against a good playoff team.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 10:46 AM ET

ding ding We have a winner. This writer must really have a naïve readership that can be so easily handled.

It’s still early days on the season. Let’s wait a while to see how things are getting played out before making sweeping assessments. .

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 10/27/16 at 11:56 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Also, they of course have interest in building DET up going into the game vs STL, because if DET is painted well enough, a STL win is an accomplishment, and a STL loss can be written off as just a loss against a good playoff team.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 10:46 AM ET

I can see a write-up on the team’s website taking that angle, but a writer from the local newspaper?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 01:25 PM ET

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Detroit will be in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt again this season.

Wow, we’ll be in the hunt for the post season where more than 1/2 the teams get in! You guys act like he said lookie there, here come the Wings competing for the cup again!

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 10/27/16 at 01:39 PM ET

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Murray, always looking for a reason to argue, even if it means creating strawmen in order to do so.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 02:22 PM ET

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Murray, always looking for a reason to argue,
Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/27/16 at 03:22 PM ET

Says one of the guys arguing with an article that says we;re going to compete for a playoff spot.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 10/27/16 at 03:34 PM ET

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