Sportsnet’s Rory Boylen offers one good thing and one bad thing about each team ahead of the NHL reaching the quarter point of its 56-game season, over the course of a set of power rankings, and he’s accurate in assessing where the Wings are at today:
30. Detroit Red Wings
The good: Dylan Larkin’s nine points in 11 games to lead the team is exactly what you want to see from him after he regressed in offence last season. And Bobby Ryan’s season start deserves a nod.
The bad: They’re still in for a long season. Neither of the two goalies who’ve played more than one game has a save percentage over .900, their power play and penalty kill units are both third-worst in the league, and they have an overall goal differential of minus-19 — better than only Ottawa, and still 10 behind the next-worst team.
Continued; put bluntly, the Wings are a bit of a mess :/