The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Red Wings 2016-17 campaign

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For the first time since 1990, the Detroit Red Wings are spectators to begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Simply put, their season was a major disappointment. Of course, the team had some positive moments through the 82 games, but they were overshadowed by far too many negatives, and it cost them a playoff spot.

Let’s take a look at the things that went right, the things that went wrong, and then what went really wrong.

1. THE GOOD

NHL: Andreas Athanasiou 2
Jan 5, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) shoots the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff (37) for a goal in the first period during a NHL hockey game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2. THE BAD

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

3. THE UGLY

NHL: Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings
Feb 18, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Riley Sheahan (15) skates with the puck chased by Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports