I don't think anyone is hitting the panic button, the Red Wings are just a mediocre to good team. Holland didn't do much to improve a team that got trounced in the playoffs last year so unless Pavel and Hank are putting up 3-4 PPG the chances of them winning a game aren't that great.
I'm sure Saint Louis would beat Columbus on a back to back
Even in the late 90's early 2000s Wings were not a contender every year. They had off years. They were even bounced in the first round by the lowly Oilers.
I think it is unrealistic to expect any team to be a contender every year. That said, I think Wings make the playoffs somewhere in the middle of the pack... and once you make the playoffs, as proven by LA Kings... anything can happen.
what he cant do is be the key/main offensive blueliner, the defensive leader on the blueline, the mentor of the blueline, the leader of that blueline the key physical player on the blueline, the #1pp quaterback, etc