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What are the Red Wings? Answer unclear, but worth watching to find out

Dennis Cholowski of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena on November 06, 2018 in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Dennis Cholowski of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena on November 06, 2018 in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT – It's not a question that can be adequately answered right now, but here's what we do know for sure about the Detroit Red Wings: They are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. 

Yes, the Red Wings, the same team that went winless through their first seven games of the season, are now 7-3 in their past 10 games to improve their record to 8-8-2 (18 points). This is the same team that no one in their right mind gave a real shot at making the playoffs this season, and it's the same team that was supposed to have the worst team defense in the league -- that's not the case at all anymore. Detroit's goal differential over these past 10 games was +10, improving their overall goal differential to -8, far from worst in the league which is -21 and belongs to the disastrous Los Angeles Kings.

Goal differential isn't a perfect representation of a team's defense, especially at this point in the season, but jumping up 10 points in 10 games is nothing to ignore. 

 Time to believe in this team? 

So what now? Are we supposed to believe in this Red Wings team? Is it time to start rooting for a trip to the playoffs? I thought we were all jumping on the #LoseForHughes train, hoping to get high 2019 draft picks and dreaming of an even younger lineup with more potential for a strong Red Wings future. Winning didn't appear to be a short-term option. 

But now -- sigh -- we are here ...

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This hockey newsletter is authored by Dave Bartkowiak Jr. He can be contacted at dbartkowiak@wdiv.com or on Twitter @DaveBartko

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