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The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Posted on: November 4, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 4:44 pm
 
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By: Adam Gretz


The Detroit Red Wings' six-game losing streak is not, at this point, a cause for panic or concern. Even though they're not scoring, the Red Wings are doing what they normally do to their opponents -- out-shooting them by a substantial margin (they're plus-nine per-game shot differential for the season is the best in the NHL), a trend that has continued throughout their current slump.

My Eye On Hockey partner, Brian Stubits, accurately pointed out earlier in the day on Friday that they're currently being plagued by an unsustainable run of bad luck that has seen their shooting percentage drop to an unheard of 3 percent (if you round up), while their opponents have skyrocketed up to 14 percent. Neither number will continue for an extended period of time.

But this isn't the first time we've seen the Red Wings stumble through a similar slump in recent seasons. During the 2007-08 season the Red Wings had a stretch during month of February that saw them lose six straight games. That is the last time they lost that many games in a row, and the overall numbers between this streak, and that streak, are stunningly similar.

Comparing The Red Wings 6-Game Losing Streaks
Category 2011 2008
Goals For 6 10
Goals Against 22 21
Shots On Goal For 198 183
Shots On Goal Against 156 146
Shooting % For 3% 5%
Opponents shooting % 14% 14%

They're pretty much mirror images of one another, and just as was the case in 2008, neither the Red Wings or their opponents will shoot at those levels for the entire season.

Not only did the Red Wings lose six in a row in February of 2008, just as they have over the past two weeks this season, that was part of a stretch that saw them lose 10 out of 11 games. Pretty damaging to their season, yes? Not exactly. They ended up winning the Stanley Cup.

Now, that's not to suggest that the Red Wings are destined to win it all because this losing streak is identical to a similar one four years ago, or that this year's team is as good as the 2008 team. It's just to point out that things aren't quite as bad as they may seem right now. These types of slumps happen throughout every season for every team (peaks and valleys, and all of that). It's just that this one happened to take place in the first month of the season when it will get more attention.

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Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:57 pm
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Hey, the Red Wings are scoring goals and winning games again...



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:31 am
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Kronwall was playing a good game before the turnover that lead to the free goal. He the most quality shots and was making plays.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:01 am
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Quit looking at stats on paper and watch them play, Gretz and Stubitz. I've seen their games on TV and bad luck has nothing to do with the Red Wings slump. They are not putting out any effort when they have the puck. They are weak on face-offs, going into the corners to dig out pucks, etc. They show no guts when they get hit (don't retaliate). Franzen disappears after his first two shifts. Holmstrom isn't the force he used to be in front of the goalie on power plays. Cleary got his first goal of the season last night and it caromed in off his chest. That's luck, not skill with the stick.  They continue to cough up the puck in their end and in the neutral zone, something they've been doing for the past two years with regularity. Bertuzzi looks washed up. Datysuk and Zetterberg are the only forwards earning their big salaries. Howard has played well during the slump, but he still lets in too many soft goals. It's going to take more than a good bounce of the puck here and there to get them back on the winning side of the score. Kronwall and Bertuzzi overskated a puck in their own end and it ended up behind Howard last night against Calgary. That's not bad luck, that's bad hockey.


shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  I've gotten into trouble with people on these boards talking like you do and being realistic. Careful, it won't end well on here for ya :)    Seriously though, I agree with just about everything you said.   Kronwall looks like he's already spending the money he's going to get in his contract extension and guys like Bertuzzi and Homer are barely noticeable.  Cleary hasn't done anything and guys like Helm and Abdelkader aren't progressing at anywhere near the pace I expected them too. 

I pray to God I'm wrong and the Wings miraculously turn things around.... but I have a feeling this year will be an up and down season all year long.  I think the Wings will turn it around temporarily, that should start fairly soon.  But it won't be long before we see another slump..... that's my opinion anyway.  I still don't trust Ian White or Kindl, and Ericsson is still a wildcard in my eyes...  Stuart has regressed the last couple years as well.... it's not looking good in the back end in my opinion.

The only reason I think we'll be ok, or at least very competitive is we have plenty of other talent I didn't mention up front that'll start scoring a few more goals.... but unless Kenny makes a few moves, I don't see another finals appearance anytime soon.  I see a struggle making the top 8 come playoff time.... 



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:04 pm
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Interesting stats. Nice if it's a harbinger of things to come but I have to agree w/ toledojim. I, too, have questions re: the Wings grit in the corners and lack of sustained physical play. Center zone play has been very disappointing. Also: I am inclined to agree w/ his assessment of Franzen, Holmstrom and Bertuzzi. Time to step it up boys.




Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:02 pm
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

I watch the Red Wings play. And I also know they're not going to continue to shoot 3% all season, and their opponents are going to continue to shoot 14% all season, and once those numbers even out (and they will), and as long as they're still dominating teams on the shot chart, the wins will return.



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:38 pm
 

The last time the Red Wings lost 6 in a row...

Quit looking at stats on paper and watch them play, Gretz and Stubitz. I've seen their games on TV and bad luck has nothing to do with the Red Wings slump. They are not putting out any effort when they have the puck. They are weak on face-offs, going into the corners to dig out pucks, etc. They show no guts when they get hit (don't retaliate). Franzen disappears after his first two shifts. Holmstrom isn't the force he used to be in front of the goalie on power plays. Cleary got his first goal of the season last night and it caromed in off his chest. That's luck, not skill with the stick.  They continue to cough up the puck in their end and in the neutral zone, something they've been doing for the past two years with regularity. Bertuzzi looks washed up. Datysuk and Zetterberg are the only forwards earning their big salaries. Howard has played well during the slump, but he still lets in too many soft goals. It's going to take more than a good bounce of the puck here and there to get them back on the winning side of the score. Kronwall and Bertuzzi overskated a puck in their own end and it ended up behind Howard last night against Calgary. That's not bad luck, that's bad hockey.



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