from Max Bultman of The Athletic,
Don’t look now, but the Red Wings have won three straight. Their latest — an overtime, 3-2 comeback victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday — propelled them to 7-3-2 on the season and, for the moment, second place in the Atlantic Division.
Yes, it’s early. Yes, this group still has much more to prove. But after questions of a lighter schedule lingered around their promising first week — and were followed by decisive losses in Boston and Buffalo — the Red Wings have responded to their first real adversity of the season by ripping off four of their past five, all against legitimate opponents....
But if you want a reason to believe this current run could be the start of something more, begin with the consistent way the Red Wings are winning. Look at the scorelines of these past three wins: 3-1, 3-0 and 3-2. If you want to lump in the Minnesota game, add 2-1.
It’s not a ton of data points, mind you, but they’re starting to tell a story. So are these numbers: 20, 24 and 22 — the number of blocked shots Detroit has put up in this three-game span. The league lead in blocks per 60 minutes belongs to Vegas at 20.44. The Red Wings, on the back of those recent totals, have worked their way up to sixth.