ESPN’s power rankings: on demonstrable progress

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:

21. Detroit 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.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

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