Heading into a four-game road trip against Western Canadian opponents, the Detroit Red Wings find themselves in the midst of an 0-2-2 slide.
While breaking a four-game winless streak on the road is hardly an easy task, the Red Wings do have an opportunity to right their listing ship on this road trip.
Their past two home games have been nothing but forgettable.
The Red Wings are searching for answers and an identity at this point.
As any restless college student knows, nothing is better for self-discovery than a good old-fashioned road trip.
The Red Wings will face four, let’s call them “beatable”, teams over the next six days.
Not only will they be facing some familiar Western Conference foes, each team they’re facing has some marked deficiencies that, if focused, the Red Wings can exploit to earn a victory.
While their first opponent, the Vancouver Canucks, should pose the most daunting challenge for the Red Wings, the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets should all have ample motivation and just enough talent to muster strong outings when they face Detroit.
The Red Wings are a team in transition at the moment and are trying to figure out how to resemble in real life the offensive powerhouse they appear to be on paper.
The next four games will gave them an opportunity to do just that.
The goals, and the wins, they need may be just around the corner.
*All statistics cited courtesy of NHL.com unless otherwise noted