The Detroit Red Wings' longest losing streak in three years could not have come at a better time.
Nearly every team in the NHL goes through such slumps at least once during a season, but whether they're a good or a bad thing for a team depends largely on when they occur in their 82-game schedule.
I recently opined that, because the Wings were slumping so beautifully now, they were in fact going to benefit from it later.
Since then, the Wings have gone 2-0 and seem to have solved their scoring woes that plagued them during their six-game losing streak.
While this hardly indicates they're completely out of the woods (they still have a lot of ground to make up in the Central Division), it does bode well for their ability to win more games than they lose for the foreseeable future.
In fact, I feel completely confident in saying that, as losing streaks go, the Detroit Red Wings have put the worst they'll see this season behind them.
If my confidence alone isn't enough to convince you, well, here's five reasons that should help persuade you I'm right.