Coming off of back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks over the weekend, Detroit's season has gone about as well as it could go, keeping in mind the 0-5-1 stretch that Detroit suffered through after starting the season with five consecutive wins.
For the moment, Detroit has righted the ship, but it still faces an uphill battle this season, as it seems that almost every team in the Western Conference has improved significantly, whether it be externally or internally.
The Red Wings sit in eighth place in the West with two games in hand on most of the teams above them, but the road to stay in the playoffs—much less elusive home-ice advantage—will not be easy.
Although Detroit's season continues to be one of two stories, a few notable key players and role players have not met expectations in their performance so far, at the quarter points of the season.
Because of these poor-performance outputs, these five players have earned a spot on my "underachiever" list.
Find out which five individuals find themselves facing a job crisis at the quarter point of the season by reading on.