January 11 2017 12:13PM
Everyone knew the 11 game stretch that's almost complete that featured 10 on the road, including the Centennial Classic on New Year's Day in Toronto would be a telling one for the Red Wings, and it has been. But maybe not for the reasons originally thought. After last night's OT loss in Chicago (and it's hard to be too critical of stealing a point out of Chicago after falling behind 2-0 so early), the Red Wings finished the halfway point of the regular season with 40 points in 41 games.
December 16 2016 09:11AM
The Christmas season is certainly a time for giving, and it shouldn't take long for the Detroit Red Wings' Christmas season schedule to "give" the Red Wings and their supporters more perspective on just where this team is going -- and going refers to two journeys, one is the short-term 2016-17 season which ends in months, and the other is the long-term vision of the franchise which seems to have taken an inconvenient backseat at times over the past few seasons.
You've heard it from me before, the illusions provided from being a playoff team for 25 straight seasons have made it very difficult and taxing to determine what are real accomplishments, and what are rewards for just kinda "being there" in terms of mediocrity.
November 18 2016 12:24PM
It's been the proverbial tale of two seasons for the Detroit Red Wings so far this season -- two notable segments of relative success (6-2-0) and failure (2-6-1), the latter being the most recent stretch, leading to tonight's game in Washington, a team that's lost only 10 games in regulation at home in their past 51.
But hockey is often about streaks and runs and hot/cold segments, and the Red Wings, like their Atlantic Division mates, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have been symbolic of that so far.
But with just one regulation win in their past seven games (and in that win, catching a woeful Vancouver team at the end of a six-game-in-nine-nights-all-Eastern-time-zone swing), there's cause for concern when it comes to the bigger picture. Sure, we all knew a 6-2-0 start had some mirage-like qualities to it, but some of the bright spots from mid-to-late October have continued.
October 28 2016 09:42AM
With last night's win in St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings are starting to get not their just own fanbase, but countless NHL observers to stand up and take notice. There are some impressive factors that have led the Wings to snag 12 points in 8 games so far. How good a start is this based on recent history? Well, let's say then can finish the first 10-game segment of this season with 15 points -- want to know the last time they did that?
October 12 2016 03:02PM
Far more than the usual questions and raised eyebrows and shrugged shoulders at the Red Wings moves surrounding the NHL's waiver wire this week. The Red WIngs surrendered two players to opposing organizations, Martin Frk to Carolina, and 70-game NHL vet Teemu Pulkkinen to Minnesota.
In an ideal circumstance, you aren't sending promising young players whose peak potential you are still unsure of to the waiver wire -- you're sending veterans who no longer have a place in your organization, or "projects" that you were willing to examine, give a test-drive to, and you deem there isn't a fit.
But for an organization with a real lack of contributing forwards in their "prime", and for a team that finished 23rd in goals scored in the NHL last season, "giving up" on a 23-year old 2nd-round pick in Frk, and a 24-year old 4th-rounder with promise in Pulkkinen made such little sense.