The Detroit Red Wings have lost 5 straight games at home, the longest losing streak at Joe Louis Arena since the 1996-97 season.
With a 3-2-4 record at the Joe, the Red Wings are struggling to win games in-front of the home crowd. Usually teams look forward to returning home to play in-front of their screaming fans, but the Red Wings seem to be more comfortable playing on the road right now; this is not the first time they have had these issues though.
During the 2009-10 season, Detroit had issues winning game in the Joe, but like this season for Detroit, they were able to offset the struggles by being able to win on the road. Hopefully this season will turn out like the 2009-10 season because while the Red Wings struggled, they were able to turn it around and end with a 21-4-16 record at home and ended up with 102 points and placed 5th in the West.
While the Red Wings are not getting blown out at home, they have a long road ahead of them if they want to turn it around.
Their secondary scoring has been atrocious this season and has not produced a single point since Joakim Andersson scored against the Winnipeg Jets. On the flip side, players like Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss, and Justin Abdelkader who are expected to produce in a big way have been stagnant so far this season.
The production from their defense has not been much better, only tallying 5 goals between nine defensemen. Niklas Kronwall, Jakub Kindl, and Danny DeKeyser have been able to contribute with assists, but when the team is having trouble scoring goals assists do not cut it. Whether they are having trouble getting shots to the net or missing the net entirely, something has to give for the defense and while they miss Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith, having those two back will not enough to push the defense over the hump.
Despite the short comings by the team, they could overcome these issues if they would play hard for a full 60 minutes, 65 if you count the last three games they lost at home in overtime.
The Red Wings have five games at home over the next two weeks, which means that they need to turn the ship around soon or they could see themselves fall too far in the standings.
If there is any good news concerning this losing streak, it is that since it is happening early in the season there is a lot of hockey left to play to make up for lost the points and the fact that the Wings were able to pick up a point in 4 out of the 5 losses.