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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In Red Wing Land

As victories elude them, perspective and process key for Red Wings | Detroit Free Press

Coach Jeff Blashill echoed at practice what he said after Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Florida.

“One of the hardest things in life to do is to trust the process when you are not getting results,” he said. “In any facet of life. A mistake people make is they go away from the process. They panic too early and they don’t stay with it. You have to trust the process.

But what if the process is broken? Because the Red Wings current process hasn’t worked very well for years now. This isn’t really an indictment of the players on the ice, but more so management. The players can work as hard as they possibly can, but the front office hasn’t provided a roster with enough talent to truly compete for a playoff spot, let alone a Stanley Cup. If you want to the tie this back to the Philadelphia 76ers who made the ‘trust the process’ saying famous, well, their process was the accumulate talent. Top end talent. Right now they have enough to compete for a playoff spot (and possibly more if healthy). Detroit isn’t close to that.

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Down Goes Brown: Happy thoughts for NHL’s most disappointing teams | Sportsnet

11. Detroit Red Wings

The negative: After failing to qualify for the playoffs last year for the first time since 1990, the Wings look set to make it two straight misses.

Positive thought #1: The new arena is nice. And you didn’t even have to pretend to be moving to Houston to get it.

Sean McIndoe with his own version of Positivity Corner.

He’s not wrong about the new building. I haven’t been to Little Caesars Arena yet, but every single person I’ve talked to who has been there says it’s amazing. That’s a good thing for fans, I guess.

McIndoe provides two more positive thoughts in the article. I’m cool with #2. Not so sure about #3 though.