The Wings get significantly more production from their 3rd/4th lines and defense than either of those teams do. If you want the Wings to have a better top-six, a better bottom-six, and a better defensive corps than every other team, then you're going to be disappointed.
Anyone remember back in 96-97 when we were Colorado's *******? What did we do to snap that streak?
We got Shanny who was a great power forward for us. What this team needs is a shakeup. The stars are not producing, and thats the difference in 5 of the 7 losses. I am glad Howard is playing well because if it wasn't for him, this would have been much more ugly.
We were their ******* in '99 and '00. Then we brought in Hasek, Robitaille and Hull.
Grinders, checkers and fighters can spark their team with a big hit or fight. At the very least, they'll bring it on every shift and make us harder to play against. They can set the tempo for the game physically at any point.
Other than Helm (who isn't big) and maybe Abby, we don't have anyone in our bottom 6 that makes us hard to play against or who can set the tempo for a game. If I'm another team, I'm not worried at all about the Wings 3rd and 4th lines. It's basically an off night.