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01/07/2020 at 9:08am EST

Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski hand out their midseason grades for the 31 NHL teams,,,

Preseason over/under: 77
Current points pace: 44

Players: D- Hope you took the under on that preseason point total. The Red Wings are the worst team in the NHL by a country mile, scoring the fewest goals per game (2.14) and giving up the most (3.81). The Red Wings have one player with over 20 games played with a plus rating -- Darren Helm, with an impressive plus-1. Their All-Star, Tyler Bertuzzi, was the only player with more than 30 points after 43 games.

So many players are helping drag down this sinking ship with career-worst seasons, like forward Andreas Athanasiou (five goals and a minus-35), defenseman Mike Green (seven points and a minus-22) and goalie Jimmy Howard (minus-5.7 goals saved above average). If the plan was to be as bad as possible to hasten the rebuild, everything is going according to plan.

Coach: C Jeff Blashill was given a two-year contract extension in April 2019 by former Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, and he would be the caretaker of this lost season for Detroit. He deserves credit for his work with players like Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Filip Hronek. But this is a very bad hockey team that has played significantly worse than even the most onerous projections indicated.

Overall team grade: F A tank that's perfect in its imperfection, with a potential franchise player in Alexis Lafrenière at the end of the plummet.

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