So many players have come through the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room already this season, they’ve had to find a new facility.
In, ahem, the facilities.
Across the hall from the main room, tucked underneath the stands, behind the Wings’ bench, there is a bathroom. It is a women’s bathroom for concerts at Joe Louis Arena. It is makeshift TV and radio area at times, affectionately dubbed “Studio P.”
The Wings have built temporary stalls in the vanity area – in front of the mirrors and sinks, on the other side of the wall from the other kind of stalls – to handle overflow in training camp and the playoffs. This is the first time veteran equipment manager Paul Boyer can remember having to do it in the regular season.
But despite all the injuries and call-ups, on top of the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, on top of the loss of Brad Stuart in free agency, do the Wings stink? Is their 21-season playoff streak swirling down the toilet?