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Red Wings’ chances to make playoffs down to 40%

Apr 18, 2013, 10:55 AM EST

As you may have read already on this site, the Detroit Red Wings find themselves out of a playoff position after last night’s loss in Calgary combined with Columbus’ fifth straight win, a 3-2 overtime victory in Anaheim.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks, according to Sports Club Stats:

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The Red Wings do have a game in hand on the Blue Jackets, and they’ve got the tiebreaker as well. (Dallas has the tiebreaker on both of them.)

As for remaining schedules…

Detroit: @ Vancouver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Nashville, @ Dallas

Columbus: @ Los Angeles, @ San Jose, @ Dallas, Nashville

Dallas: Vancouver, @ St. Louis, @ Los Angeles, @ San Jose, Columbus, Detroit

From a league-wide perspective, the big story will be the Red Wings, a team that’s made the playoffs 21 straight seasons. (Not to dismiss the Dallas and Columbus underdog stories, both of which are compelling.)

Detroit’s next game is Saturday in Vancouver — a tough assignment, to be sure. But the Wings have beaten the Canucks twice this season, once 8-3 and the other 5-2.

“You’ve got to win your way in,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com.

“You can’t watch your way in. You’ve got to win your way in.”

  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Chances of Jimmy Howard’s picture moving from mantelpiece to dart board went from 20% to 84%…

    ditto posters for high-priced players with long-term deals moving from hallowed placement in den to hollowed place beneath outhouse!

    Plop plop fizz fizz…

  2. xoscroggsxo - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Howard isn’t to blame for the position we are in.. The fact that the team hangs him out to dry every game is why they are where they are.. It’s not over yet they can still make it

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    When did it become about this streak? The wings should be contending for Stanley Cups not just making the playoffs. Ken Holland failed by not getting help on the back end. Mike Babcock has let this team come out flat on numerous occasions. Telling the media you have to win your way in is one thing but your team has to hear the message too. Where is the team leadership?

    • polegojim - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      12dats… you are correct… on your LAST statement.

      Holland has been brilliant for so long its not even funny.

      Babcock has been on them ALL season about their slow starts and poor D.

      LEADERSHIP is lacking… and I call out Hank, Mule and Dats… none have truly stepped up as THE LEADER.

  4. bensawesomeness - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Wings fans want to blame everything on Lidstrom being gone, or on Jimmy, or whatever, but they’re 10th in the league in defence , 18th in offence.
    Injuries screwed us this season big-time, we’re missing an entire line in Helm, Bertuzzi, and Sammeulson

    dreading tomorrow’s game against Vancouver

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    No, when Howard’s on his game he’s brilliant, and he blows me away with his intensity!

    Still, he has to make more of the ‘big saves’ when his young D make a meal of it…and he’s got to concentrate and bear down, especially behind the goal line…the gaffes are starting to pile up Jimmy boy!

    Last night, He was so busy waving his arms at the bench when Wings were shifting off on the power play, he arrived to play the puck on a weak rolling dump-in with two minds, then yakked-up a turn over that resulted in the deciding goal. Playoff hopes and millions of dollars fall on that kind of self-centred stupidity!

    It’s Howard’s job to concentrate on the puck, not orchestrate changes or play coach. If he continues pointing fingers, his stock will fall with teammates rapidly…

    then you’ll see D falling off to let incoming forwards cut them loose in full flight off the top of the circles!

    Man, that contract looks like a mistake…

  6. LampyB - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Love how everyone always mentions samuelsson being injured. The problem was bringing him back to detroit in the first place. Always injured, old, and hasnt been effective on vancouver or florida. Waste of a lineup slot…

  7. redgreentape - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    They will ride their “were not going to panic” and ” we know what we have to do”…….Whatever….No Heart. Get on your Dam Golf cart.

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