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Detroit Red Wings: Cutting To The Chase

Detroit Red WingsOverall 18-13-5 | Home 11-6-2 | Road 7-7-3

This is a pretty frustrating set of stats. The Wings can’t really seem to string more than a couple of wins together before capitulating. Zetterberg’s injury is just another problem to add to the list of growing concerns. Helm’s return is a welcome snippet of good news, but it is little but a footnote in the grand scheme of things. Babcock’s 300th win as Red Wings coach should have been celebrated, instead it was all a bit muted.

I think, now it’s nearly the end of December, it’s time to face facts.

1. The Wings are not going to be cruising into the playoffs as the top 2-3 of the league

We are far, far too inconsistent this season. I mean, all teams have a bad spell and a good spell. So long as the bad spell doesn’t ruin your season, then it’s a case of filling your quota of ‘rubbish games’ and hoping that is the end of it and you can get back to putting together a good winning streak. The Wings haven’t really got their season off the ground. It’s not that we’ve really had a bad season so far, but we’ve not had a good one either. It’s certainly not been good enough so far to put us up in the top few teams. We’re currently placed 14th, and I reckon that’s probably where we deserve to be. Last week was classic. Thursday we beat Tampa Bay 3-0, Saturday we lose 4-3 in a tough and exciting game to a good Dallas team, and then Sunday we lose 3-0 to an average Chicago team. 7 goals conceded, 6 goals scored, 5 different scorers, 4 days, 3 games, 2 points.

2. Our Road form is not good enough

With 7-7-3, then the road form is too hit-and-miss. The Devils (currently top of the league) have a road form of 13-2-1, which is quite frankly, exceptional. With their solid home form (13-6-0), then they deserve to be top. Road form is often the telling point between a successful team, and an average team.

3. Our injuries are bad, but we’re not the only ones

Everyone has injury problems at some point. It’s when the depth of the roster is tested. It’s when the players you call up from the affiliate teams get to prove their worth and depending on how deep your roster can go, can often make or break a game. Too often a team will have a great roster, but nothing to back it up with when injuries occur. I think that yes, our injuries have altered the team in a drastic way, but since every team will have this problem, it’s not really much of an excuse.

4. Ohlund’s hit on Zetterberg was clean

It was clean. End of argument. Matthias didn’t raise the elbow, he didn’t lift the skates off the ice, and he didn’t lift the stick to cross-check. Yes it sucks that one of our best players has been injured for a few weeks, but let’s be honest, Leino’s pass wasn’t great, and Zetterberg was stretching to reach the pass. Ohlund’s hit was solid, but not unfair. Time to stop complaining and get behind Helm and Eaves who will have to step up a gear to fill some more ice time. I mean, Kronwall and Stuart deliver hits like that all the time, and we applaud it. You can’t whine because you were on the receiving end for a change.

We’re 36 games down, 45 games to go to turn it around. Here’s hoping, wishing, praying, that we can put together a good run of form in the New Year, and hopefully, when April comes, we’ll be in the Playoff spots, and looking forward to the beard-a-thon that is the Stanley Cup Finals.

“Don’t stop, belieeeeeeeevinnnng…”

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3 comments for “Detroit Red Wings: Cutting To The Chase”

  1. I’m born and raised in San Francisco. My first sports obsession was the 49ers. I watched them completely cycle competitively. I have a friend who grew up in Boston. He’s a HUGE New England Patriots fan. I’ve been telling him “You know, from my own personal experience let me tell you how it happens. It starts out slowly. Maybe one year you get upset in the playoffs, maybe next year you don’t even get in. Next thing you know you’re barely making .500. Then all of a sudden they’re using the word ‘rebuilding’ when they talk about your team’. My friend says that’s not the case with his Patriots, I tell him denial is the first stage.

    Not saying that’s what’s going on with the Red Wings, but since I’ve gone through this with the 49ers, I make sure I enjoy the good times the Sharks are having, cause it can come to an end at any time!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | December 22, 2009, 10:00 am
  2. This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard the fact that injuries have affected every team. However, they have effected the Red Wings more than any other team.

    I can’t think of any other team that has lost nine of its starting players to injuries.

    And, I know that the hit on Hank was clean, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy admitting it.

    Posted by EricNo Gravatar | December 22, 2009, 8:27 pm
  3. Injuries have been the bane of everyone’e existence this season. We have a rough November with darn near all of our defense out. But it cycles around and the guys get healthy. And your boys do sport some impressive beards. :) Looking forward to being at the arena for the match against my Yotes.

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | December 25, 2009, 10:13 pm

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