Sitting near the bottom of the division is certainly not where the Red Wings expected to be at this point in the season. Now is not the time to panic, however. They can look to a familiar foe for proof of that. The off-season losses of Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Kopecky and Ty Conklin in addition to injuries to Johan Franzen, Valteri Filppula, Jason Williams and Niklas Kronwall certainly stung, and the Wings got off to a slow start. They are now playing about .500 hockey. They got hot in late October and early November, winning seven of nine games and closing the gap on first place Chicago to one point. However, it was a pace they just couldn’t keep up. They have now lost five of their last seven and are three points ahead of the St. Louis Blues ...
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