So, who are these guys?

Are the Red Wings the team that vanquished the powerful Canucks, 5-2 and 8-3 in two games this year, or the hockey club that had trouble getting out of its own way for two periods against the youthful Oilers?

Are they the team that skated around and through the Flames for two periods Wednesday, or the team that seemed intent on giving the puck to them in the third?

When they had winless streaks of five in February and three in March, did that signal their 21-year playoff streak is doomed? Or will they make the playoffs and be the team no one wants to play?

It is difficult to know, especially when injuries reshuffle the deck so much more for the Red Wings than others, and on an average day three points separate the third-place team and ninth or tenth in the conference.

'In the mud puddle'

"It is difficult for everybody except two teams," coach Mike Babcock said, referring to the Blackhawks and Ducks, who have separated from the 13 playoff contenders. We're, as Kenny Holland says, in the mud puddle. You know, we're a group that's kind of been in survival mode from the start. We've been hanging in there the best we can, and we're hopeful we can make a push, here."

What gives Babcock hope?

He believes his team is dedicated to daily improvement.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130318/OPINION03/303180357#ixzz2NuDBSn6G