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In Red Wings Land

Niyo: Red Wings’ losing inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be this ‘ugly’ | Detroit News

With a loss Thursday at home in a rematch against the Jets, the Red Wings would own one of the 10 longest losing streaks in NHL history. Already, it’s the league’s third-longest streak in the last 20 years, and one shy of the franchise record of 14 set in 1981-82, the season before late owner Mike Ilitch bought the team in the midst of the “Dead Things” era.

And with just 17 points in 32 games, this current group is on pace for 44 points — and 18 wins — this season, which would put them in some awkward company, way down there with first-year expansion teams and the woeful ‘85-86 Wings.

Good column from John Niyo. He sums up the ‘ugly’ season in Detroit quite well.

It ain’t pretty on the ice, but eventually the Wings are going to win another game. Maybe their luck will turn around tonight? This team is due to catch a break someway, somehow and it’ll be very satisfying (and a relief) to watch them finally get back in the win column.

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6. You know who is looking for a scorer? The New York Islanders. But I’m not expecting Lou Lamoriello to tell me how he feels about Taylor Hall.

Just spit ballin’ here.... but the Islanders’ 1st round pick for Andreas Athanasiou? He can be a scorer for New York. Would you make that trade (or something similar)?