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Now What?

03/09/2022 at 10:22am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Embarrassing losses. Defensive struggles growing worse by the game. Players repeating the same mistakes. That’s often a NHL formula for a coach firing. Is that what Steve Yzerman is thinking?

A number of fans on social media were calling for Jeff Blashill’s dismissal again last night. That has been a constant theme this season, especially when the team seems non-responsive as it did Monday night in a 9-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. This the same Arizona team that is in 31st place in a 32-game league. Remember, the Coyotes started the season at 0-10-1

All we know for sure is Yzerman doesn’t make moves based on fan balloting. My guess: Yzerman has planned to review Blashill’s performance at the end of the season and that hasn’t changed. He may be as frustrated as fans are with how the team is performing, but he is likely still thinking long-term. Let’s not forget the Red Wings are 17 points behind the Washington Capitals in the playoff race.

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

The Red Wings rebuild has seen some lows over the last five seasons. For most of the current campaign, they’ve been fewer and further between.

But Tuesday’s 9-2 home loss to the Arizona Coyotes — who entered the night as the league’s last-place team — threw cold water all over that. For the second time in five games, Detroit pulled both goalies in giving up nine goals. They were booed multiple times throughout the night. At one point, a fan threw a Red Wings jersey onto the ice.

“The performance tonight was worthy of the boos,” Dylan Larkin said.

Here are five thoughts coming out of the loss.

1. Larkin’s postgame press conference opened with the question of what went wrong. His answer: “Everything.”

The Red Wings were coming off a stretch of seven games against seven of the league’s top teams — including most recently a pair of losses to top Stanley Cup contenders Tampa Bay and Florida.

Larkin said he felt like the team “lost all confidence” in their recent trip to Florida, even after playing one of the team’s most complete games of the season in a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes last week.

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