A good start is just that–a start

In the, “Way too early” department, from Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff:

It’s not the best start to the NHL season a Detroit Red Wings team has posted since the 2004-05 NHL lockout. However, it does match up exactly with the launch of the club’s most important season during that span.

Wednesday, the Red Wings were rallying from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena. Achievement of the victory came via captain Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal.

“I think it shows a lot of character,” Red Wings forward Adam Erne said of the comeback road victory. “They’re a highly-skilled team with a lot of big names. We just stuck with it, stuck to the gameplan. Eventually it paid off.

The outcome is leaving the Red Wings sitting with a 4-2-1 record for the 2021-22 NHL season. Interestingly, the last time the club was sitting at 4-2-1 in the standings following seven games was during the 2007-08 season. That also happens to be the most recent season ending with a Red Wings Stanley Cup celebration.

Continued; hope is a wonderful thing, but realism is not a bad thing, either, and the Red Wings are clearly a better team after seven games…

But let’s not get carried away.


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