In his “The Airing of Grievances” post over at Winging it in Motown, Graham Hathaway makes a great point that I think is worth repeating.
There’s something off with this team, and it’s not one specific thing. It’s not coaching, offense, defense, or goaltending. It’s everything and nothing all in one. You can look at other teams and say “oh, they can’t score” or “their goalie is a sieve” or “they’re in the middle of a rebuild”. With the Wings, you watch them and think “there’s something wrong”. Like hearing a noise when you’re alone in the house or when the phone rings in the middle of the night. It’s a feeling that you can’t shake, like dread is just around the corner.