Red Wings hit rock bottom in 10-1 loss to Canadiens, face powerful Jets, Blues next

Detroit loses 7 straight, including blowout in Montreal

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have lost seven games in a row. 

The 10-1 blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night can only be described as rock bottom for coach Jeff Blashill's team. The Red Wings had just lost to the Canadiens, 6-3, Thursday night in Detroit. They were booed off the ice by their home crowd, and fans most certainly expected much more Saturday in Montreal. 

Things do not get any easier for the Red Wings now. Two of the top Western Conference teams will visit Little Caesars Arena this week. 

The Winnipeg Jets (17-6-4) are sitting atop the the conference with 38 points while the St. Louis Blues (17-8-2) are right behind them. The Jets visit Detroit on Tuesday while the Blues come to town Saturday. 

Those are the first two games of a five-game homestand for the Red Wings, a team that desperately needs to right the ship if they have any hope for making the playoffs. 

Here's the upcoming schedule:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 -- Jets at Red Wings (7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9 -- Blues at Red Wings (1 p.m.)
  • Monday, Dec. 11 -- Panthers at Red Wings (7:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 -- Bruins at Red Wings (8 p.m.)
  • Friday, Dec. 15 -- Maple Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 p.m.)

The Red Wings now are four points out of a playoff spot. Their best shot at grabbing a spot is in their own division. 

Atlantic Division standings

  1. Tampa Bay -- 38 points
  2. Toronto -- 35 points
  3. Montreal -- 29 points
  4. Boston -- 28 points
  5. Detroit -- 25 points
  6. Ottawa -- 24 points
  7. Florida -- 23 points
  8. Buffalo -- 16 points

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