I thought injuries would be an issue for the Wings coming off the short training camp (and it is, look at all the groin pulls), but they are having some bad luck on top of it.
Ericsson steps on a puck, White's knee gets cut by Howard's skate, Bert's mono-scare/real flu, Coca Cola being who he is. Seriously, this is a poop sandwich without the bread that the Wings are being served at this point.
If you break the season down, Detroit needs to average 14 points every quarter (12 games) of the season to make the playoffs. In other words, we need to win 6 of our next 9 to keep up an the pace of an 8 seed.
If the team doesn't turn around the scoring issues and injury luck quick, there wont be enough time to make it up.
That's really bad news for a team that hasn't had any good news going back to last year's trade deadline. The Silver Lining is if we're as bad as we look we'll have a solid shot at acquiring an elite defenseman. That hasn't happened via free agency or trades so if we're ever going to acquire one again it will likely be the same way we acquired Nick Lidstrom.
The White-Huskins pairing was exponentially better then the Smith-KFQ pair.
This is a good point. The Quincey-Smith pairing has been terrible. You have to wonder what it will take to get it broken up. I also liked what little I saw from Cola. It's probably for the best he got injured so soon as we probably would have missed him more if he could have stayed healthy for more than 1.5 games.
(also, you should change your user info to "Likes Lumpy Oatmeal")
Look, I'm not going to say that I can totally see Quincey panic with the puck in front of the net and slide one past Jimmy... I'll just keep that fear to myself.
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