On we go to the Red Wings’ 11th game of the season as they are still searching for their second win of the season. We knew it was going to be bad this season with the Wings, but I’m not sure anyone foresaw them having just 1 win at this point. After two decades of success, it was just about time that the Wings hit a wall and regressed significantly. Even the New England Patriots are going to hit a point where they have to rebuild and look towards the future.
The departure of Mike Babcock was the starting point for the Wings, and it’s likely going to be the retirement of Bill Belichick that sets in motion the fall of an empire in New England. The Red Wings were fortunate enough to go right from the Steve Yzerman and Scotty Bowman era to the Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock era. Bowman was a heck of a coach and got the Detroit Hockeytown dynasty era rolling.
Now, Jeff Blashill is trying to get something going without much of a supporting cast. People can blame Blashill all they want, but Babcock wouldn’t be winning many games with Dylan Larkin and Gustav Nyquist their best forwards. Larkin and Nyquist are pretty decent players, but there is absolutely nothing to help them out.
Whether you want to look at their offence or defence, there are holes galore on the ice. They came close against the Jets on Friday night, but Jimmy Howard could only hold back the flood for so long. The Wings were outplayed once again and needed Howard to come up big to keep it a competitive game. The Stars arrive in Detroit after a couple of wins in a row over the Kings and Ducks in Texas. They’ve been so-so thus far, with a record of 5-4-0. Head below for our free Stars vs. Red Wings pick.
Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick
Arby’s in Michigan used to run a promotion where if a player scores a hat trick then fans get free curly fries. They’ve recently changed it so if the team scores 3 goals, they will giveaway the fries. 3 goals as in by the entire team, not just a single player. The Red Wings have scored 3 goals or more just three times this season. In two of those three games, they gave up 7 and 5 goals, so when the offence sort of looked decent, their effort on defence wasn’t up to par.
In the other game, they beat a tired Panthers team, 4-3, in overtime. Note that the Panthers just won the night before against the Capitals. In all, the Wings are averaging a marginal 2.1 goals per game. The Coyotes and Kings are worse than them, so they have that to look up at, I guess.
There is only one team who is worse than the Red Wings defensively. They’re allowing 4 goals per game, 0.18 better than the Flyers. Some of these numbers will gradually improve, but expect the Red Wings to play at the back of the league offensive and defensively throughout this season.
They’ve had difficulties against the Stars recently, as they’ve lost three in a row with 5-2, 4-2, and a 4-2 loss. Dallas are scoring an average of 3.11 goals per game, while allowing 2.78 per game. The talent of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn is likely going to be far too much for the Red Wings to handle. The Wings don’t have anyone who can keep up with them on the blueline. As long as it’s a reasonable price, there isn’t any evidence to suggest stop fading the Wings. I’d look at the Stars on Sunday.