The Red Wings are a Motor City rebuilding project
Usually, their winged-wheel logo is at least near the top of the
Detroit’s recent surge – earning a point in seven of its last eight games – has pushed the perennial NHL powerhouse merely into an eighth-place tie after play Tuesday night.
It’s early and no one thinks Detroit is a bad team. But it’s an open question whether the
“We’re going to have to fight just to make the playoffs and it’s going to be a grind,” said senior vice president Jim Devellanno, the first person owner Mike Ilitch hired when he bought the team in 1982. “To get home-ice advantage would be a miracle. A miracle.”
Detroit has been a top-four seeded team the past 17 postseasons, winning four Stanley Cups and finishing as the runner-up last season for the second time during its dominant stretch.
Devellano says just making it to the postseason will be a difficult task because the team lost players such as
“Henrik Zetterberg and
“Who’s going to run away with our division? Chicago? We got off to a bad start and the
“No doubt, a top team like San Jose is a good measuring stick for us,” Lidstrom said.
Now, they have to dig in the corners for every win and have to work harder to get fans to come to Joe Louis Arena.
The team asked fans at Tuesday’s game against the
“It’s not a bad crowd for a Tuesday night,” senior vice president Steve Violetta said Tuesday night, standing in one of Joe Louis Arena’s empty suites. “Our season-ticket sales are down slightly, so we’ve had to be more aggressive with group sales and creative with nine- and 19-game plans that have flexible payment options that can be spread over six months.
“A few years ago, we were competing with other teams and entertainment options for discretionary money. Now, we’re competing with bread and milk.”
After the crowd thinned and went home after the shutout of the
“Guys need to look at it,” Maltby said. “But we have to keep things in perspective because we’ve only played 13 games. If it was a ’73’ up there instead of ’13’ it would be a different story.
“I’m not going to question what Jimmy D thinks about us at this point, but I don’t think it’s going to take a miracle to repeat in the division.”