The Red Wings are a Motor City rebuilding project
Usually, their winged-wheel logo is at least near the top of the standings.
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 in the
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 playoffs team for the past 17 seasons, winning four Stanley Cups and finishing as the runner-up last season for the second time during its dominant span.
Devellano says just making it to the playoffs 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.
After Tuesday’s win over Boston, veteran
“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.”