There is no sugarcoating this one, folks. The Detroit Red Wings are a bad hockey team.
They are winless in their first five games of the season. When you start off that poorly, it is usually a tough hole to climb out of and one that does not need to the playoffs.
One of their first problems is something that they cannot control and that is the division they play in. With teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs (first in the league), Boston Bruins (fifth in the league), Tampa Bay Lightning all in their division, there is no way that not only are they not a better hockey team than any of them, but there is also no way they will come even close to the number of points those teams put up.
For example, they were absolutely terrible and overmatched against the Bruins on Saturday night (October 13). The Bruins dominated every aspect of that game and ended up winning the game by a score of 8-2. When you lose by a score that badly, you know that your hockey team is flawed.
Speaking of allowing eight goals, they are the worst team in the league in terms of that category. Part of the problem is the club’s defense as they do not block a lot of shots, they leave a lot of guys open in high-scoring areas, they turnover the puck a lot and they seem to be out of position constantly.
The forwards also really helping out their defense. Guys like Dylan Larkin (-4), Gustav Nyquist (-8), Thomas Vanek (-6), Anthony Mantha (-6), Justin Abdelkader (-5), and a few others have been on the ice a lot of goals against.
The team’s goaltending has also clearly been an issue, especially in the case of Jonathan Bernier. Bernier is 0-2 to start the season with a 5.59 goals against average and a .825 save percentage.
The team’s other goaltender, Jimmy Howard, has actually played quite well to start the season despite what the numbers are. He is 0-1-2 with a 2.90 goals against average and a .910 save percentage, which are pretty solid numbers considering how bad the team in front of him is.
Another issue is the upcoming schedule, especially to round out the month of October. With games coming up against the likes of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets, picking up two points is going to be extremely difficult.
This is just a bad hockey team, folks. Sure, they will probably have a few players that put up decent numbers, but other than that, this team is nothing to write home about.
When all is said and done, this year should be about seeing what they have in the cupboard and what moves they need to make to get better moving forward. The fans should put absolutely no pressure on their favorite hockey game, and should instead root for getting another high draft pick in June.
While this may be hard for a franchise and their fans that saw many years of success, it is time to be realistic and focus on the future. If they focus on the present, all they will feel is the disappointment and will come to the realization that they are just not a very good hockey team.
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