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It's Been Painful

10/28/2019 at 1:18pm EDT

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

As painful as this has been for the Red Wings and the Hockeytown faithful, though, this hasn’t been some one-off experience. Rather, it’s been the norm. Across the past three seasons, Detroit has had nine losing streaks of five games or more, including two seven-gamers, one eight-gamer and a double-digit streak that saw the Red Wings drop 10 consecutive tilts from Feb. 28 to March 18 during the 2017-18 campaign. Detroit is making up for lost time by experiencing some serious and prolonged on-ice pain following a quarter-century playoff streak.

And, ultimately, it’s a necessary evil for the franchise.

It’s been said time and again, but what the Red Wings need most at this juncture are new centerpieces around which to build the franchise. Undoubtedly, some of those pillars are in place. Mantha’s continued growth has turned him into a legitimate top-six forward and arguably the team’s MVP through the early season. Dylan Larkin has been considered a foundational piece since he made his big-league debut. And the hope and belief is there are others on the way, including Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider, who was selected sixth overall this past June.

What the upcoming draft presents, however, is an opportunity for the Red Wings to land a legitimate franchise-turnaround type player.

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