I've watched most of the Wings games so far this season. They have not looked very good. They are clearly not as good as they were last year, and that wasn't good enough.
They have some potential, if some of the kids play well, however, they lost a lot of talent over the off season, and that is a large gap to fill. Also, the injury to Franzen will not help.
Many of the teams in the Western Conference are improved this year. Edmonton will be fun to watch. The Kings are much better than they have been for a while. Colorado is also better. The Blues should be tough to play.
It is especially sad to see empty seats in the Joe and to hear the commercials during the telecast for tickets. This team used to have a waiting list for season tickets. It is in large part due to the poor economy in Michigan that the Wings are having such a hard time selling tickets.
They lost on Saturday to the Avs in a shootout. The Wings blew a two goal lead in the third period.
I think it will be a tough year for the Wings. I wouldn't be surprised if they do not make the playoffs.