from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"This team has shown a lot of fight at different times through this season and certainly in the last couple weeks, it hasn’t gone great and some of that fight hasn’t been there," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I don’t want to be remembered for that, this team, I mean. I want this team to be remembered for a team that fought its way through every single game, and then where the chips fall, the chips fall.
"If you look back to the beginning of the season, though the middle part of the year, our fight was great. We just have to get that fight back regardless of how bad things happen at different times in games."
A six-point gap from a wild card spot has expanded to 19. The Wings aren't mathematically eliminated yet, but they've played over the past week like they're emotionally eliminated.
"It’s probably hard just looking back where all the guys are coming from," Seider said. "I think we are in a much better spot, and I think everyone has really high expectations on themselves and on our team, too, and I think that's why we probably get frustrated a lot easier during the last couple games. Because we all have that one big goal of making the playoffs and we’re not getting any closer and it’s maybe one of the reasons."