ESPN’s Kristen Shilton posted a set of power rankings today which ask “one big question” for each and every one of the NHL’s 32 teams, and here’s her question for the Red Wings:
Previous ranking: 23
Points percentage: 0.515
Next seven days: @ ANA (Jan. 6), @ LA (Jan. 8), @ SJ (Jan. 11)
Can the Red Wings be better than average? Detroit entered 2022 as a .500 team, still in the mix for a wild-card playoff spot but with the potential to fade quickly. Why? Going into Tuesday’s game against San Jose, Detroit had two wins in its past eight. That’s after a stretch in which the club won nine of 14. There’s potential in the Red Wings; they showed it early in the season. Now past their COVID-19 issues, Detroit needs to reengage with what has worked before.
Continued; it’s going to take a road game that is better than Detroit’s present road game for the Red Wings to return to the playoff mix.