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How The Detroit Red Wings Could Make The Playoffs

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

For the eight Eastern Conference teams that missed the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their goal since the second week of April has been determining how to extend their season into May, or even June, like the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

NHL.com examines how those eight teams can take the next step and qualify for the playoffs this season:

DETROIT RED WINGS
Last season: 30-39-13, 73 points, 24 points out of second wild card

How it ended: The Red Wings began the season 10-8-2, which had them third in the Atlantic Division, but a 4-3 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 19 started a 3-7-5 stretch that saw them fall to sixth in the division, 10 points out of third place at the Christmas break and eventually miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

Why they could get in: A rich crop of prospects, led by Zadina and center Michael Rasmussen (6-foot-6, 221 pounds), has the Red Wings feeling good about the future. But their present looks good as well, even if Zetterberg isn't available. Forward Dylan Larkin is an elite playmaker, and forward Anthony Mantha scored a Red Wings-high 24 goals last season at age 23. Forward Gustav Nyquist is a three-time 20-goal scorer, and Andreas Athanasiou, who could slide to center in Zetterberg's absence, is among the fastest skaters in the NHL. Jimmy Howard was solid in net, and the addition of Jonathan Bernier further strengthens the position. The Red Wings play a smart style, can score, and could push for one of the wild card spots in the conference.

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How The Detroit Red Wings Could Make The Playoffs

Wizardry.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/12/18 at 09:18 AM ET

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satanic ritual

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/12/18 at 10:09 AM ET

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This team making the playoffs is among my worse fears.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/12/18 at 10:18 AM ET

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It’s pretty cut and dry:  if the kids play in the NHL and do decently, and DET somehow swings a deal for a *legit* first pairing d-man, they could make the playoffs.

I mean, say Larkin increases his scoring a just a little, Mantha flirts with or reaches 30 goals, Zadina and Rasmussen contribute say 15-20.  AA nets 20-25….  Howard and Bernier both do well enough in net (not even great, just good), and DET finds a way to get another good d-man that reduces their dependency on guys like say Ericsson and Jensen…  there’s no real reason they couldnt.

They *shouldn’t* though, and that’s the thing.

Posted by Primis on 09/12/18 at 10:42 AM ET

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This team making the playoffs is among my worse fears.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/12/18 at 10:18 AM ET

EXACTLY!!!

Conversely, losing every game this season by 1 goal, getting #1 pick, and trading Howard for picks, would put me to sleep with a smile.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 09/12/18 at 11:22 AM ET

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I mean, say Larkin increases his scoring a just a little, Mantha flirts with or reaches 30 goals, Zadina and Rasmussen contribute say 15-20.  AA nets 20-25….  Howard and Bernier both do well enough in net (not even great, just good), and DET finds a way to get another good d-man that reduces their dependency on guys like say Ericsson and Jensen…  there’s no real reason they couldnt.

Easy peasy.  Hell, why stop there? Why not shoot for the Cup?

There’s no real reason they couldn’t.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/12/18 at 11:35 AM ET

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“The Red Wings play a smart style, can score,”
Say what, now?

Posted by RWBill on 09/12/18 at 11:36 AM ET

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what now?

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/12/18 at 12:00 PM ET

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The Red Wings play a smart style, can score, and could push for one of the wild card spots in the conference.

This makes the whole article useless.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 09/12/18 at 04:00 PM ET

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Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/12/18 at 06:02 PM ET

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there’s no real reason they couldnt.

True, but everything has to go almost perfect with little or no injuries. Likely not happening. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 09/12/18 at 09:01 PM ET

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With the existing defense, even if Hronek and Cholo are playing every day and playing above expectations, it seems highly unlikely. Way too many things would have to fall the Wings way. If they are in contention it’ll only make matters worse because Holland will be inclined to hang onto Vanek, Howard and Daley because “if we can get in anything can happen”.

I’ll be rooting for the Wings to win but the real goal should be to get youth as much playing time as possible, trade off assets for picks/prospects and get in the mix for a top-3 pick.

Posted by evileye on 09/13/18 at 10:50 AM ET

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