Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 2/4/13
STANDINGS WATCH! I'm here on site (in Sioux Falls, SD) and it's time to look at where we stand so far this season.  I tried to get in to get an interview with Jordan but they said 'nope, you can't do it - he's a angry as a hell fan...he will literally RIP YOUR FACE OFF'. How did we go from such a high after the Blues win to "Babcock last the room" and "trade guys right f***ing now"?  Oh yeah - because we're Red Wings fans and we get a little wrapped up emotionally and live in the moment. But let's take a breath and a step back.  The Washington Capitals have won two games in nine.  I know that doesn't really mean anything to us except - things could be worse...a lot worse. Make the jump for more. We're 16.66 (repeating, of course)% complete with this season.  Here's what the West looks like... Look at the Stanley Cup Champions.  Look at poor Jiri Hudler and his flames.  If we can play this inconsistent emotionless hockey and still remain in the top six in the Conference - then there's hope for us yet. Don't get me wrong - I'm not particularly pleased with the way we've been playing.  But we're sitting at .500 and I'm not panicking (yet).  We're a team in transition.  We lost the best defenseman ever.  Our replacement for Rafalski has been out.  Our Namesake has been out.  We've got a bunch of kids on our blue line. Relax. I haven't given up on Babcock and I don't want you guys to either.  Has he lost the locker room?  I'm not buying it.  Not eight games into the season.  Does something need to change?  Maybe.  We've really only seen our lineup at full strength in one game this year - and we won.  Now - the strength of an organ-i-zation is, of course, lies within it's weaker players.  And I agree that some guys ***coughcoughDanClearycoughcough** are not playing up to snuff.  But we have wiser and more experienced men safeguarding this franchise and making those lineup decisions. Sit #11 for a game and let one of the kids show you what he's got?  I'm not against it.  If anything, letting our favorite Newfie sit in the press box might light a fire under him.  But minor tweaks, people.  We went for the home run pass in the off season - Kenny might be thinking about just sitting back and seeing what this team (coaches included) has to offer this season. What do I know?  I'm just a blogger.  I am disgusted to see how well Chicago is playing.  But they're pretty much the same team that went on that horrific slump last year - they could do it again.  If THIS is our funk and we're still winning four out of eight games...then that is okay. Breathe, people.  We still have 83.34% of the season to go.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

Report: Chances of Jonathan Papelbon signing ‘non-existent’

Chris Bosh isn’t pleased with the Miami Heat

NFL clears players in HGH investigation

NFL execs: Kaepernick 'traitor,' hated as much as Carruth

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kansas FB settling first-team reps with Rock-Paper-Scissors

Report: Vikings trainers saved Bridgewater's 'leg and career'

Baylor's Zamora suspended 3 games for beating his dog

Craig Sager to undergo third bone marrow transplant

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about worst game of career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

Kevin Owens is the right WWE Champion at the right time

Jake Arrieta almost quit baseball before trade to Cubs

Fred Taylor: NFL doctors never told me about multiple injuries

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about the worst game of his career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

West-ern Literature: How Kanye's fans find meaning in between the lines

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker