Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk's Improvement Among 3 Wishes for November 2011

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Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk's Improvement Among 3 Wishes for November 2011
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Last month, we submitted the first of our "3 Wishes" series for the Detroit Red Wings 2011-12 season.

Consulting that list of hopeful happenings, one can see that we actually got two out of three of those to come true.

At the time, it didn't seem necessary to wish for things like not losing four games in a row or not forgetting how to score.

Hindsight being 20/20, it might have helped to add those to the list of things we really wanted to see happen in October.

From a red-hot start to an ice-cold collapse, the month of October was a schizophrenic one for the Wings, and one they hope desperately will not prove a harbinger of their season to come.

True, their on-again, off-again schedule might have helped and hurt their record in October; however, the Wings showed plenty of flaws in their game that had nothing to do with how many they played or when they played them.

November will prove to be quite hectic for the Red Wings as they have 14 games on tap, including their first West Coast trip of the year.

Should they continue their losing ways, November could be an even bigger disaster than October; they have 28 points on the table and will need most of them to keep pace with Chicago and Nashville in the Central Division.

That said, our three wishes for November imply an overarching hope that the Wings will find a way to win again, but these three specific things should go a long way towards making that dream a reality.

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