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Waiting For The Next Step

11/17/2022 at 8:55am EST

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

As noted above, the Red Wings are looking to end their four-game skid, but the NHL’s schedule-maker has presented them with a current, bona fide shot at going on a long, winning rebound. Detroit’s next four games – two road contests against San Jose and Columbus, followed by home games against Nashville and Arizona – are winnable games for them.

Husso has been playing two of every three games since Oct. 27, and if he continues to be sharp more often than not, the Wings can stay in the playoff race through the end of the month. December is a much tougher month for Detroit, but that’s why winning these next five games are important: win them, and you have a cushion; lose them, and you’re bound to be in desperation mode before you know it.

Very few NHL teams have the luxury of a lengthy losing streak in their immediate future, and the Red Wings are not one of them.

Still, Wings fans have to feel good about the ceiling of this team. There are no longer constant blowouts the way there were last season (although an 8-2 loss to the New York Rangers this past Thursday, and an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Buffalo on Halloween night brought back some unwelcome memories).

But Detroit is winning games with their defense – in their seven wins, they’ve allowed more than one goal just twice, and they’ve allowed only seven games in that span – and first-year head coach Derek Lalonde has lived up to his reputation as a winner.

Not everything has gone completely right for this franchise, but enough has that the rest of the Atlantic has to be on notice, if they weren’t already. The Red Wings are for real, and though playoff success might not take place for them this season, they look confident and capable of taking that next competitive step.

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rwbill

Opinions, everyone has one:

WED: Through 16 games, the Wings have the same number of points as they did last year at this juncture.

THU: .. the rest of the Atlantic has to be on notice. The Red Wings are for real, and though playoff success might not take place for them this season, they look confident and capable of taking that next competitive step.

Kind of too early for me to say. They’ve been blown out, which really didn’t come too much last year until later in the season. Regardless (IRRegardless if you’re from Shiawassee County) I think they’re a better team than last year even though we haven’t seen on the ice what on paper is the best roster yet due to injuries. I give that credit to Yzerman’s FA signings, if there is credit to be given.

To me they’re a little more fun to watch and have more offensive threat than the last few seasons.

rwbill

Road Trip.  Most goals against 5x5, descending order.

Columbus

San Jose

Anaheim

Los Angeles

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