The Detroit Red Wings are in Texas, as they continue their four-game road trip and open a two-game series against the Dallas Stars tonight. The Red Wings are coming off two losses in Chicago against the Blackhawks. Neither game was competitive, and the Red Wings were handed a 4-1 and 6-2 loss. They split their first two series against the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, but the Blackhawks proved to be too tough in the back-to-back.
The Red Wings will go home after on Saturday to welcome the Florida Panthers. The Red Wings will look for some momentum before heading back to the Motor City. A successful trip to American Airlines Center against the Stars would do the trick. The Red Wings are looking for progress in the 2020-21 campaign. It doesn’t have to be a step into the playoffs, but baby steps would be welcome for the Red Wings. If there aren’t any steps being taken at all, then you have to imagine that Jeff Blashill is on borrowed time in Detroit.
If the Red Wings continue to struggle, it’s hard to see Blashill lasting until the end of the year. The Red Wings finished last season with a record of 17-49-5 for dead last in the NHL. As luck would have it for Steve Yzerman, the Wings came up empty in the draft lottery. Despite having the worst record in the league by a considerable distance, they had to settle for Lucas Raymond with the No. 4 pick in the draft.
The Red Wings can’t be trending towards last again or Blashill’s seat will be on fire. Thus far in the 2020-21 season, the Red Wings are sitting tied for last in the Central Division with a record of 2-4-0 and four points. There are five teams tied with four points, and I don’t have much confidence in the Wings pulling away from this group. They have a tough assignment in Dallas against the Stars over the next two games. The Stars started late because of a Covid-19 outbreak.
Dallas is 2-0-0 with two wins against the Nashville Predators, 7-0 and 3-2. They came into the season with a bang, as the Stars demolished the Predators with ease. After an effort like that, it was easy to predict the Predators coming back better in the next outing. However, it still didn’t result in two points. The Stars were able to edge the Preds out, 3-2. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Stars pick on January 26, 2021.
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A slow start by Anthony Mantha has been one of many reasons for the Red Wings’ troubles in 2020-21. Mantha, who battled through injuries throughout last season, needs to get his stuff together or the Red Wings will not progress. He was rumored to be on the trade bubble last season as the Red Wings most tradeable player.
Injuries hurt his value, but they likely could have moved Mantha if Steve Yzerman really wanted to. The difference when Mantha was on the ice compared to off was night and dark. We haven’t seen Mantha step up into a difference maker role so far, though.
The Red Wings are 29th in the NHL with only 2 goals per game through six games. Last season they were dead last in this regard, having scored the same with 2 goals per game. There was no defence to help them out on the opposite side of the ice as well. The Red Wings were last in goals against as well, with 3.73 goals conceded per game.
And don’t you know it, the Red Wings are still struggling to keep the puck out of their net despite signing Thomas Greiss. The former Islander is finding out what it’s like to go from a top-notch defence on Long Island to a lifeless defence with the Red Wings.
Detroit has allowed an average of 3.3 goals per game for 23rd in the league through six games. Greiss has been solid with a 2.74 GAA and 0.918 save percentage. For playing on a team like the Wings, it’s hard to expect much more from him given the support he must work with. It’s hard to decipher much from two games, but the Stars have looked just as sharp as last season, a season which saw the Stars go to the Stanley Cup Final.
They fell in six games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, though an impressive season nonetheless. The Wings have gone 0-4 in their last four trips to Dallas, which includes losses of more than a goal in each outing. In those four games, the Wings were out scored 18-10, the most recent a 4-1 game on January 3, 2020. The price looks too good to ignore the Stars’ puckline on Tuesday night.