Correspondent Written on November 28, 2009
There were a lot of familiar things about Friday's game at Joe Louis Arena.
For the fifth time this season, the Detroit Red Wings gave up a goal less than one-minute into the game.
For the eighth time this season, the Detroit Red Wings out-shot their opponent but lost the game.
For the second game in a row, the Detroit Red Wings were shutout.
And, for the second time in as many weeks, the Detroit Red Wings had a perfectly good goal denied by an NHL on-ice official.
All of these trends are disturbing, and all of these have contributed to what is now, officially, the Red Wings' worst start in 20 years.
However, its that last one that is just a bit more troubling than the others.
Playing poorly and beating yourselves is one thing. That's actually something you can control.
But, the added pressure of having to not only score goals, but then hope that they count is something no team should have to endure.