Abel to Yzerman
A little stat before the game starts- average age of the Oilers taking the ice tonight is 24. and for the Wings, 26.5.
With that out of the way, another must win game for Detroit as we count down those 'must win' games.
Two points needed badly or else the teams the Wings are chasing will be out of reach.
Yes, the three point games hurt the Wings badly, but instead of looking at the big picture, all concentration should be on the next shift.
Yep, it's a hockey game.
The Detroit Red Wings trail the Philadelphia Flyers by 2 points for the last wild card spot in the East. Both teams have played 65 games.
Tonight, San Jose visits Columbus and the Blue Jackets hold down the 3rd spot in the Metropolitan. They lead Detroit by 2 points, with Detroit and Columbus both playing 65 games.
Florida plays in Tampa and the Lightning hold the first wild card spot, leading Detroit by 4 points with the same number of games.
The New York Rangers play in Minnesota and the Rangers hold the second spot in the Metropolitan. They have a 3 point lead on the Wings and have played one more game.
Toronto plays the LA Kings, they hold the second spot in the Atlantic and lead the Wings by 7 points and have played 2 more games than Detroit.
Put your good luck hats on!
Take a look at the wild card race.
via Dana Wakiji tweets,
Howard: We got to win games. There’s nothing else you can say. Got to go out there and execute.
Howard: A lot of us are sick & tired of talking abt it & that’s what it seems lk we’ve been doing. We got to go out there & do it.
That's the chances of the Detroit Red Wings making the playoffs according to Sports Club Stats.
Their percentage dropped 9.5% after the loss to Columbus last night.
Hard to argue right now. The Wings have to get on a run right now and will need help from others, including no three point games for teams involved in the race.
It is a tough mountain to climb.
Yeah, this is the Live Blog post.
Exciting stuff, eh?
Even though Detroit is tied with Columbus for the last wild card spot in the East, the Blue Jackets would claim the last spot due to their ROW (regulation/overtime wins) of 29 compared to Detroit's 25.
Tonight, Washington plays Pittsburgh and trails the Wings by 1 point and have played one more game than the Wings.
Nashville is in Ottawa and the Senators trail the Wings by 4 points.
Phoenix plays Tampa Bay and the Bolts lead the Wings by 3 points.
Columbus is in Dallas, explanatioo above.
Toronto is playing in Anaheim and have a 5 point lead on the Wings.
I've heard rumors some of you enjoy a few adult beverages here and there, especially on the weekend, so this is my attempt to get you up and ready for puck drop at 12:37ish pm EDT.
Howard starts, Gustavsson's groin a problem so Mrazek backs-up.
I don't anticipate any changes to the lineup but since no morning skate today, we won't find out until just a few minutes before the game starts.
The Rangers look a little different since the Wings last played them, Martin St. Louis in, Ryan Callahan out.
Lundqvist in goal and the Rangers ar 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
Detroit is now 5 points behind the 3rd place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division but do have 2 games in-hand.
The Wings also trail the Tampa Bay Lightning, the first wild card team by 3 points but have played one less game than the Bolts.
Four teams are looking up at Detrot, all within 1-4 points behind the Wings.
Gustavsson in goal, Kindl in for Lashoff and...
Youngsters not only need to continue with the pressure, they also need to score.
Looking great, put the puck in the back of the net looks even better.
They are all the Wings have right now,except for Franzen although Legwand looked very good last night, but the bottom line, again, put the puck in the net.
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