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Not A Good Look For The Detroit Red Wings

12/03/2019 at 11:58am EST

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Jeff Blashill faces a massive challenge as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and we aren't talking about winning.

"It's hard when you lose to keep a calm …"

His voice trailed off as he searched for a better word.

"Not calm," he said. "To keep clear eyes, where you see things as they are, because frustration can build."

Blashill knows it doesn't look good.

The Red Wings have gone winless in 10 games (0-8-2) and lost eight straight in regulation. They're last in the NHL with 17 points even though they have played 30 games, most in the League. They're five points behind the 30th-place team, the New Jersey Devils, who have four games in hand.

Their point percentage is .283, putting them on pace for about 46 points. Since the NHL salary cap arrived in 2005-06, ushering in an era of parity, the lowest point total in a full 82 games has been 48, by the Colorado Avalanche in 2016-17.

"This is the toughest year I've been a part of," said forward Darren Helm, who has played for the Red Wings since 2007-08, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.

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