The struggles out of the gate shouldn't be a surprise. This is still the same team that has had to win the last game of the year for three years now to even make the PO's. Now we have removed the best coach in hockey from the mix. The guy that focused on shot reduction and had a defense first focus. Add in we are missing our best forward-Datsyuk, had our best defenseman-Dekeyser, miss time, and Blashill/Holland are giving Kindl and Smith one last chance to prove themselves. BTW the same things are happening to the Griffins as well. Same team as last year yet they are also having issues with the change to a new coaching staff. The one advantage they have going is, they are in a stretch of playing 1 game over a 2 week period, so lots of time to practice.
Blashill isn't going to get fired-even if we miss the playoffs. It isn't going to happen. he has been groomed by Holland and Babcock to take over. They are not going to spend this much time on developing him to make a knee jerk reaction to 9 games, 40 games, or even 1 season.