In Red Wings Land
The Detroit Red Wings came into the season intending to shock.
And while they have managed to do just that, it hasn’t been as they desired.
With that said, it’s really hard to argue against the idea that the Red Wings have been shockingly bad recently.
After an encouraging start, the Detroit Red Wings appear to be who many thought they were – a rebuilding team thin on talent that figures to finish near the NHL’s basement again.
They have lost six in a row and what’s particularly discouraging is the way they’re losing – they’ve been outscored 27-9.
I think being outscored 27-9 supports the shockingly bad argument.
Feel the Power (Rankings)
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23. Red Wings It’s scary how little there is to care about with this team right now.
Previous ranking: 22
Anthony Mantha. Seven goals in nine games for the Red Wings forward. Obviously we knew he could score, with 49 goals over the past two seasons. And obviously, scoring five goals in your first two games is a great starting point. (He has leveled off since, scoring two in his next seven games.)
Steve Yzerman is wisely taking a patient approach in Detroit, but the tone of the rebuild will kick into gear when half of his top six — Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi — require significant raises.
Have we reached rock bottom?