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Chris Zadorozny (@Zads07)
The Detroit Red Wings were all over the place the last two weeks. They lost five straight games, three at home and two away from Joe Louis Arena.
It was a surprising turn of events for Hockeytown and its fans as they have come expect excellence, however, it was anything but excellent. Prior to their five game slide, the team was riding a three-game winning streak against the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues.
Their first of the five consecutive losses came against the Blues in overtime, 4-3. The Wings earned a point out of the game, but played sloppy from the middle part of the 2nd period, onward.
A few nights later, the red-hot Anaheim Ducks outplayed the Wings, badly. The 5-2 loss left many wondering what is wrong with the Red Wings.
Despite the Red Wings giving Jimmy Howard the night off against the Minnesota Wild, 21-year old rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek was unable to stop the bleeding in a 3-2 loss to the Wild. It was another off game for the Red Wings defense, who looked lost late in the third period.
Even against Nashville, where the Wings fought extremely hard all game, clawed their way back with an amazing individual effort by Pavel Datsyuk to tie the game up in the 3rd period, only to lose in overtime.
The Wings found themselves intertwined in a four-game losing streak with no end in sight against the NHL-worse, Columbus Bluejackets. After a hard-fought game, the Wings fell short, 3-2.
Finally, the Red Wings regained their balance and shut down the Nashville Predators, 4-0, including a stellar game from Jimmy Howard and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (1-goal, 2-assists).
The win gave the Red Wings confidence going into Vancouver. Including another stellar performance by Jimmy Howard a two-goal night from forward Damien Brunner, the Red Wings demolished the Canucks, 8-3.
Do these two solid wins put the Red Wings back into the playoff picture? Only time will tell. Their next few games come against some very hot teams.
Heading into this week, the Red Wings faceoff against the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks. If the Wings want to see how good they are, these next three games could give them, and fans, a good indication of where they may stand come playoff time.
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