By Ryan Rabinowitz
Following a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings have now gone 10 straight games without a win, their longest losing streak since a 12-game skid in 1989.
After falling to Colorado, Detroit remains stagnant at 63 points, which puts them in 28th place out of 31 teams in the NHL. With just 10 games left to play in the regular season, it’s quite obvious this year has been an utter disappointment.
In a year of inconsistent play, the Red Wings have played their absolute worst hockey of the season in these past 10 games. A slew of miserable statistics during the losing streak is headlined by a dismal 11-percent success rate on the power play, and the team’s goals per game average has slipped to 28th in the league at 2.5. Goals against average has sunk to 21st in the league at 3.1, as well.
Goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau have been getting little help on defense, as opposing teams have seemed to put pucks past both goalies at will. Of course, the incredible lack of scoring and offensive continuity up front doesn’t help the cause.
Red Wing hockey as of late has been close to unwatchable. As if the team wasn’t having home attendance problems as it is prior to the losing streak, it doesn’t seem like fans have much of a reason to travel to Little Caesars Arena anytime soon.
As if the play on the ice isn’t bad enough, it looks like there is some building tension off the ice amongst the team.
After a recent loss, captain Henrik Zetterberg was very public about his displeasure with the performance of the team’s young talent. Zetterberg and head coach Jeff Blashill called out the Wings’ young guns for their lack of effort and intensity as one of the bigger problems with the team’s performance. If it is true that Blashill is starting to lose control of the locker room, it will be interesting to see if he is still at the helm next year for the Wings.
As Detroit inches closer to being mathematically eliminated from a playoff spot, their chances at stealing the number-one overall pick in this year’s draft grow stronger. The Wings are sure to grab at least a lottery pick, assuming this ten-game losing streak doesn’t turn into a ten-game winning streak to finish the year. A lottery pick could provide a huge bonus to the Red Wings’ youth movement and rebuild.
The Wings will have a chance to snap the streak this Tuesday as they return home to face the Flyers.