Monday, October 26, 2009
Wysh Chimes in on Wings' Slow Start
This isn't to say Detroit won't be a playoff team. This is to say that Devellano's correct in thinking that the Red Wings are going to have to fight like hell to make them, especially if this early-season swoon is prolonged.
Would any other team be getting as much recognition with such a slow start? I can think of 2 other teams: Pittsburgh and Washington. Look at Anaheim, a team that, in my mind would have beaten Pittsburgh for the Cup last year if the Wings hadn't stopped them. Anaheim is currently 3-5-1, a point behind Detroit in the Western Conference standings, and Wysh classifies them as "not made noise yet". Panic in Anaheim? Probably not, because historically, the team has always gotten off to a slow start. People just aren't used to the Red Wings starting off that way...those in Detroit and those simply watching from across the country.
If the Red Wings had put even two performances like the game against Buffalo together, I might be a little more inclined to buy into the whole "transitional period" hype. But they're playing well, they're trying hard, and they're coming close.
So in conclusion, either the pucks are going to start bouncing our way as Brad and Bert have suggested, or that argument is going to prove a bad excuse and the sky is in fact falling down around us. As a biased blogger (and an optimist), I'm going to assume that the Wings will turn it around...but I may get my umbrella out of the closet.