DETROIT -- In a lockout-shortened season, things can change quickly for every team, including the Detroit Red Wings.
Now that they've passed the midway point of the season -- 26 games into a compressed, 48-game schedule -- let's take a look at where they stand before they head out on the road.
Things were looking pretty good before this past weekend. The Wings were in a successful stretch during which they'd gone 5-1-1.
Then they encountered the Columbus Blue Jackets, who for whatever reason have given the Wings fits this season.
After being shut out, 3-0, Saturday in Columbus and then beaten in a shootout, 3-2, Sunday at Joe Louis Arena, the Wings were feeling a little deflated. They lost the season series to the Blue Jackets, 1-3-1.
"It felt like we had a good thing going there for a couple weeks, then the two games here, back-to-back against Columbus, we didn't perform as close as to where we were before that," defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "They play a game that I gue...