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Yes the games still have to be played...tonight at home vs the Islanders.

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Tough 12-game schedule this month. 

Dec 2- NYI

Dec 7- Pitt

Dec 10- @ Winnipeg

Dec 12- Winnipeg

Dec 14 - @ Montreal

Dec 15 - LA Kings

Dec 17 - Columbus

Dec 21 - @ Toronto

Dec 22- Arizona

Dec 28 - @ Florida

Dec 29 - @ Tampa

Dec 31- San Jose

 

 

Although when you have a negative goal differential of 53, and the 2nd worst in the NHL is negative 25, every opponent is tough.  Might be able to get a win at home to the Kings on the 15th.

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44 minutes ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

Yep.

With nowhere to go but up...

Or they might be like the Tigers and after hitting bottom seem content to just scurry along the ocean floor for awhile.

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Since we're tanking and get to talk draft 2 days into December, is there a consensus #1 pick this year between the top tier forwards like Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield, Alexander Holtz, and Lucas Raymond?

Obviously last year the Lose for Hughes sweepstakes was in full effect, this year I don't see a standout, must take him at #1 type of player.

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Lafreniere and Byfield in that order seem to be the consensus top 2 just as much as Hughes-Kakko were last year, IMO.

The Wings are really clamping down on defense. After giving up 6 goals in consecutive games before trimming that to 5 goals on Saturday, the Wings gave up only 4 goals tonight. Lost 4-1 to NYI at home.

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Could this really be the worst Red Wings team of all time?  Having lived through the 70s and early 80s, that seems hard to believe.

Worse than 85-86 or 76-77?

Where are Rick Zombo and Kelly Kisio when you need them?  Help us Johnny O, you're our only hope...

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1 hour ago, Buddha said:

Could this really be the worst Red Wings team of all time?  Having lived through the 70s and early 80s, that seems hard to believe.

Worse than 85-86 or 76-77?

Where are Rick Zombo and Kelly Kisio when you need them?  Help us Johnny O, you're our only hope...

There's a guy in Winnipeg who went 29 years without wearing pants until the Blue Bombers finally won the CFL's Grey Cup last week.

Maybe I'll go around wearing nothing but my Johnny O jersey until the Wings make the playoffs.

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9 hours ago, Buddha said:

Could this really be the worst Red Wings team of all time?  Having lived through the 70s and early 80s, that seems hard to believe.

Worse than 85-86 or 76-77?

Where are Rick Zombo and Kelly Kisio when you need them?  Help us Johnny O, you're our only hope...

Don't forget Mike O'Connell

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The Wings made the playoffs the next season after both the 76-77 and 85-86 nadirs. So we have hope?

The Wings' goal differential so far this year through 30 games is now negative 56, worst in the NHL by 25 goals.

For last year's 82 games the Wings' was negative 50 and the NHL's worst differential was the L.A. Kings' negative 61.

In 1976-77's 80 game season, the Wings' goal differential was negative 126, which was worst in the NHL by 40 goals.

In 1985-86's 80 game season, the Wings' goal differential was negative 149, which was worst in the NHL by 44 goals.

 

 

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Here are five silver linings:

1. TOP LOTTERY ODDS
Not since 1986 have the Red Wings had the first-overall pick in the draft and the last time Detroit picked in the top three was at the 1990 draft. That could change this season. While the draft lottery doesn’t promise the league’s last-place team anything, the Red Wings would have a nearly 50-percent chance at finishing with a top-three selection and an 18.5-percent chance of landing the first-overall pick if they finished dead-last. But there’s good news here just about any way you slice it. If the Red Wings fail to secure the first-overall pick, they’re doing so ahead of a draft that is considered one of the deepest in recent memory with a uber-skilled projected one-two of Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield.

2. OPPORTUNITY, OPPORTUNITY, OPPORTUNITY
The lack of pressure, and lack of expectation, has opened up plenty of opportunity for younger players to come into the lineup and prove their worth. No player has done more with the chances they’ve been afforded than Filip Hronek. Drafted 53rd overall in 2016, he wasn’t considered one of Detroit’s blue-chippers, but there looks to be plenty of potential and upside in the 22-year-old rearguard. He’s been productive offensively – his 13 points put him fifth in team scoring – and he’s averaging 23 minutes per game, more than any other blueliner. None of this is to mention his underlying numbers, which are positive across-the-board when measured relative to Detroit’s performance. It’s not quite fair to suggest he’s a diamond in the rough, but he’s certainly shining. Robby Fabbri, who has 10 points in 13 games, also looks to have found a fit.

3. EMERGENCE OF A TOP TRIO
Just as the top line was getting going once again, Anthony Mantha landed on the injured reserve, but the Red Wings appear to have a legitimate top-six scoring trio forming in Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. Before falling injured, Mantha had 12 goals and 23 points in 25 games, Larkin has seven goals and 18 points this season. And Bertuzzi has arguably been the best surprise of the bunch with 10 goals and 24 points in 30 outings this season. Despite the team’s scoring woes, Bertuzzi is on pace for a career-best 27 goals and 65 points. If he can maintain that rate of scoring into his prime, he’s going to be a key cog for the Red Wings well into the future.

https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/the-red-wings-are-on-pace-for-historically-awful-results-but-there-are-still-some-silver-linings

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