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Detroit’s almost tough history
Nov 24, 2020, 6:19:00 AM

Detroit’s almost tough history

The Detroit Red Wings got their 12th straight loss of the 2019-20 season at the hands of the scorching hot Winnipeg Jets in a 5-1 rout. The Jets dominated both ends of the floor and attacked all game long while harassing the Red Wings on the defence last December.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler didn’t sweat it out as he led his team to a 5-1 victory over Detroit in dominant fashion. The slumping Red Wings could not find a way to score after coming up with a single goal through Christoffer Ehn’s first goal of the season.

Quick rout for the Jets

The Jets scored three goals in just two minutes during the second period that sparked their offensive rhythm. Wheeler led the barrage with 16:43 of the middle frame after he beat former Red Wings goalie Eric Comrie to the spot and drained his first goal.

Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine added two more goals between 11 seconds to put the Jets up by 4-1 in the 18:43 mark. The Jets have won four straight games at home and went 9-2-1 in their last 12 games back then.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck also came up big in limited time after Laurent Brossoit left the ice to deal with an equipment problem during the second period. In just a minute and nine seconds, Hellebuyck went up against two shots.

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One of those two goals was Ehn’s goal, which found its way through Hellebuyck in the side. It gave the Red Wings a point in the game that seemed lopsided even before they managed to pull off a goal.

Copp talks about their win. ‘When we play with pace and one line gets it going, you start to roll over with some momentum and we kind of feed off that’, he said. ‘You saw that in the second, too’.

Detroit had a two-man advantage in the third for almost a minute, but could not take advantage of the handicap and the chance slipped away that led to their subsequent loss. It was a tough loss that nearly had them breaking one of their franchise records in the game, and it was not a good record to beat.

The end result for Detroit

In their history, Detroit had 14 straight losses back in the 1981-82 season which was a franchise-record. They were able to end it with Robby Fabbri scoring on a rebound early in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That win salvaged whatever pride the Red Wings have left, and they also denied the Penguins their third straight shutout win in the 2019-20 season.

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Detroit was able to beat their own losing streak in the next game against the Jets. They crushed the Jets with a 5-2 win that saw them come up with an 8-22-3 record in the season during that time. It was a great payback win that momentarily lifted their spirits.

They eventually finished with the bottom spot in the Eastern Conference with a 17-49-5 record in the campaign. They missed the playoffs thanks to the NHL’s Return to Play Plan, leaving them to find answers as they rested from the game for a while.

Now they are aiming to come up with a fine run to start the coming season, hoping to become better than what they did back then. This time, the team can make sure that they will do things better after making managerial changes and adding some key players in the offseason.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA