Kulfan: Stecher, Wings want to stop losing streak

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan filed a pre-game notebook in which defenseman Troy Stecher weighs in on the Wings’ struggles as an 0-3-and-1 team of late:

The Wings entered Saturday’s game against Florida winless in four games — all on this recent four-game road trip. They face a good Panthers team twice, then go on a lengthy six-game road trip through Stanley Cup champion Tampa, Florida, and another good Nashville team. So, you see why a win, or wins, at home are important this weekend.

“We have an opportunity, we’re at home now. We’ve got to take pride in playing at home,” defenseman Troy Stecher said. “This is a good opportunity to change the page.”

Especially in a short season like this one, a long losing streak early is likely to knock a team out of contention (the top four teams in the eight-team division qualify for the playoffs) quickly.

Getting a victory would build some confidence, said Stecher, who added the Wings’ locker room wasn’t pleased with the recent road trip.

“Anytime you’re on a losing streak, guys are upset,” Stecher said. “We didn’t get the results we wanted but it was definitely a good learning curve for our group, understanding we’ve got to play a certain way if we want to have success. When you get away from that, you’re going to get exposed, and especially at this level.”


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One thought on “Kulfan: Stecher, Wings want to stop losing streak”

  1. Maybe he should have found a way to stay with nucks
    Last 3 drafts

    Hoglander.. Looked like a young boy but Looked real good, I have to check him out a bit

    All jumped right into the NHL
    I still believe StevieY’s plan will work but sure would like to see more Rookies in the Lineup

    Nucks average age I think is lower than the Wings

    All Nucks Dead Weight is gone, I realize they had a head start and didn’t blow too many Contracts.

    I really don’t understand the old guys who know they aren’t NHL players anymore but stay to collect a cheque. See Fil and Frans. Show some class and retire!

    Last, I guess, they have a really good young Goalie in Demko.

    Holland receives big reviews and I don’t know who drafted for the Nucks but he was/is very good.

    Hopefully Larkin doesn’t crash and burn with a struggling group. Thankfully only 56 games. Wings really are who I thought and as expected. Got a bit spoiled with the decent start.

    One point tonight is acceptable. Baby steps

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