Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/4/11
DETROIT -- Maybe all the Red Wings need is for Darren Helm to get his hair cut. Helm's blond hair curls out from under his helmet and his facial hair is a bit scruffy these days. "Change things up, feel fresh, feel better, feel good about yourself and come to the rink with a better attitude," Helm said after Friday's practice. "(Maybe) get a haircut, shave a little bit is going to make me play better. Everybody's got their own little superstitions." Perhaps that will be the elixir that helps the Wings vanquish their six-game losing streak (0-5-1), their longest since February of 2008. Henrik Zetterberg is not likely to shave and his hair is already neatly trimmed. So what's he going to do to bust out of the slump? "Maybe (I) should go home and do some You Tube highlight clips or something, try that tonight, see if that works for (Saturday)," Zetterberg joked. It can't hurt at this point, that's for certain. You need the fingers on both hands to point at all the players in the Wings dressing room who aren't scoring during this skid. "We've been offensively challenged in this losing streak," said Danny Cleary, who scored his first goal in the team's 4-1 loss to Calgary Thursday night. "But we've got good players in here, we've been at the top together, we've won and lost together a lot of games. "Right now it's not going good but we're not gonna hang our heads and feel bad for ourselves. No one's going to feel sorry for us, that much I know. But we have to stick together, that's the main message." Although it's kind of like telling someone not to think about an elephant, as that person will immediately have a pachyderm on the brain, but coach Mike Babcock said the players shouldn't think about scoring goals. "If you're a scorer and you're not scoring and you focus on scoring, you aren't going to score," Babcock said. "Focus on getting in the right spot, focus on taking the body, focus on getting to the net, focus on cheating the puck. If you do the little things right, everything looks after itself." Captain Nick Lidstrom said Thursday night that the players naturally are squeezing their sticks a little at the moment. That's another thing that won't help, according to Babcock. "The other thing is if you put the pressure of the world on you and you carry it around, you can't skate like that," Babcock said. "And the reason it is that is it's a game. Play the game. That doesn't mean you can't work hard. But you still gotta be loose enough to do that." Helm has noticed that the somewhat care-free atmosphere at Joe Louis Arena hasn't been that way for a while. "It is supposed to be fun," Helm said. "You can see around the dressing room the last few days, it hasn't been quite Red Wing-like as it usually is in here. It's tough when that's what you're kind of used to. You're used to coming here, have tons of fun and now it's a little bit of a damper. "Everybody has to take it upon themselves just to play their game and not worry about any other distractions that have been going on, like a six-game losing streak." Holding penalty Although the call did not look much like holding, that's what Calgary defenseman Scott Hannan received for sending Jiri Hudler face-first into the boards in the second period Thursday. Hudler missed quite a bit of the second period as he had to receive 26 stitches to close the gashes around his left eye. Hudler said he didn't get a lot of sleep but wasn't really complaining. "No time for pain now," Hudler said. Smith returns to Grand Rapids The Red Wings sent defenseman Brendan Smith back to Grand Rapids. Smith has now served four of the five games of the suspension he received for hitting Chicago's Ben Smith in the preseason. Next game Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. Saturday The Ducks (5-5-3) are having troubles of their own, having lost two straight games in overtime, including a shootout against the New York Rangers Thursday. Both the Wings and Ducks have gotten good goaltending. Jimmy Howard is 4-3-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. Jonas Hiller is 4-4-3 with a 2.61 GAA and .904 save percentage.
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