The Athletic’s Topher Scott weighs in on several Red Wings-related topics in this week’s “View From a Coach“:
It was a tough week for the Red Wings, losing all four games and extending their current drought to six. It’s their longest skid since they dropped seven straight that ended with a 10-1 drubbing from the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 2.
Up until this week, the season’s second half had been pretty even, without too many highs and lows in the record column. Since that dreadful night in Montreal, the Red Wings hadn’t gone more than three games without a win.
It is a testament to the team’s leadership that things haven’t deteriorated. I credit the coaching staff and older core for doing a solid job in the locker room in keeping everyone together and headed in the right direction. If they weren’t doing the job, we would be seeing a lot more losing streaks like the one they are on right now.
But this week, it just seemed … different.
I didn’t really see the pushback from the Red Wings that I have seen throughout the second half (aside from the Boston game, which I will get to later). The discipline wasn’t great either, and the work ethic was average, at best, in too many parts of the last four games.