Google the phrase "Ken Holland has lost his touch" for all the proof you need about how many folks were predicting the downfall of the mighty Detroit Red Wings (again) in 2013. As the regular season started to wrap up and the Wings hadn't secured a playoff spot, the bandwagon gained more momentum.
Too old. Too lazy. Too small. Too this or that.
Fans pointed the finger at Holland for not having a replacement for Nicklas Lidstrom—because guys like that just fall out of the sky every 10 years. Others suggested that Mike Babcock had lost the room. (Feel free to Google that one, too.)
Then the too old, lazy and small Red Wings finished the regular season with four straight wins in "must-win" situations and squeezed into the playoffs. But once more, they were greeted by a familiar foe in the Anaheim Ducks.
Again, detractors said Detroit didn't have the mojo to hang with Anaheim, which was coming off an outstanding regular season.
A Game 7 victory later, and the Red Wings were on to the second round to face the Chicago Blackhawks. After Detroit dropped Game 1, the bandwagon jumpers showed up again in full force and claimed that the 'Hawks had finally surpassed their rivals.
Then the Wings won Game 2. And I'm left wondering when people will stop trying to be the first person to correctly predict the downfall of Detroit. Quit it—you just look silly.