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39 Percent

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.

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For the first time in my life I am actually convinced the wings will not make the playoffs. I thought they would eak it out last year and they did. This year I just don’t see it happening. They really are just average now.

At least we only give up a 3rd Rounder for Legwand.

Posted by callmedrw on 03/12/14 at 09:35 AM ET


“Friends and companions,
Have we not known hard hours before this?
My men, who have endured still greater dangers,
God will grant us an end to these as well.
You sailed by Scylla’s rage, her booming crags,
You saw the Cyclops’ boulders. Now call back
Your courage, and have done with fear and sorrow.
Some day, perhaps, remembering even this
Will be a pleasure. Through diversities
Of luck, and through so many challenges,
We hold our course for Latium, where the Fates
Hold out a settlement and rest for us.
Troy’s kingdom there shall rise again. Be patient:
Save yourselves for more auspicious days.”

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/12/14 at 10:48 AM ET

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Truthfully?  DET is out of the conversation in Canada and the U.S already and has been for a while.  Not the playoff conversation even, the conversation period.

That there’s no grave-dancing occurring in some circles, or finally the “HAH, TOLD YOU SO” after some predicting demise for 15 or so years… that kinda’ tells you where things are at.  People know about the injuries and how decimated DET is up front on top of everything else, so in a way it’s not even worth discussing because it’s not like DET can do much.

I think it was JJ at WIIM this morning tweeting about that DET could at max lose 12 pts the rest of the season, possibly only 10.  Considering that even a Shootout or OT win against the right opponent then could still be considered “losing” a point I guess… that’s scary and pretty much an unlikely hole to climb out of.

FWIW a continued slide could result in a Top 10 pick even, maybe even a Top 8.  The 5 worst teams are in a tier that is basically unassailable I’d imagine, but

Posted by Primis on 03/12/14 at 10:49 AM ET

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The injuries really caught up to them this season. Silver lining is a higher draft pick, some excellent experience for the youngsters and a full off-season of rest for the first time in a generation.

Of course, there’s still hockey to be played and anything can happen. Go Wings!

Posted by awould on 03/12/14 at 11:19 AM ET


Every year there is talk about how great Bab’s is as a coach. Especially after he coaches a team of superstars to winning a gold medal…something probably any coach could have done considering the lineup he had to work with. And while I’d probably rather have Bab’s leading the team right now than say Tortorella, I have to wonder why it is Bab’s hasn’t been able to get the Red Wings to play an entire 60 minute game this year more than a handful of times regardless of if the lineup? Kind of seems like the Wings had the same problem most of last years shortened season as well until the very end of the season and then the playoffs. Doesn’t seem to matter if the lineup is full of the young guys or the “old” guys. Detroit just can’t seem to play the entire 60 minutes most nights this season. If that doesn’t fall on the coach, then who?

Posted by Howdy Gordie on 03/12/14 at 11:37 AM ET

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Posted by Howdy Gordie on 03/12/14 at 12:37 PM ET

I just hope that whenever it is that Babs tenure is done in Detroit, Blashill gets a hard look at being his successor.  The job he has done with the Griffins, especially with all the talent they have lost to Detroit for call ups, as well as their own injuries, is nothing short of fantastic.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/12/14 at 11:44 AM ET

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If that doesn’t fall on the coach, then who?

I don’t know, the players?

Babcock will eventually be let go becasue this is a business where results are the measuriung stick, but sometimes the players need to answer for their lack of effort or boneheaded plays. If a guy who is being paid a minimum of 6 figures up to several million a year can’t find it in his character or professionalism to play a full 60 minute game, no amount of yelling, pleading or cajoling will work.


Posted by socalwingnut on 03/12/14 at 12:10 PM ET

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DET’s 17th-ranked PP is what rankles me most about the coaching.  This is what, the 3rd or 4th year now of a bad PP?

Posted by Primis on 03/12/14 at 12:20 PM ET

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Detroit hasn’t had a consistently good PP since 2009. The team has been sliding from a top tier to a second place to an inside the bubble to a now outside the bubble. Holland’s reload strategy continued a postseason appearance, but lacked the pieces/will to go deep. I know, some of you will point out the game 7 scenarios, but those broke the same way with Detroit losing.

This team, ravaged by injury, is remarkably average. Holland staying on filled the seat for Nill and Yzerman, the heirs apparent. I think it will get worse before it gets better.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/12/14 at 12:31 PM ET

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I’m optimistic about their future. The young guys are promising. The really worrisome part to me is the injury issues w/ Datsyuk and Zetterberg - we need to see productive years from these guys for the next 3 years otherwise this team will suck.

Posted by awould on 03/12/14 at 01:33 PM ET

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Posted by socalwingnut on 03/12/14 at 01:10 PM ET


Posted by gowings from MTL on 03/12/14 at 02:07 PM ET

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If Blabcock is half as good as he was in Sochi, we’re in.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/12/14 at 06:14 PM ET


Wings need a “Never say die” attitude going into every game now but it’s time to put up or shut up. We have heard the excuses all season long, from guys who then go out and repeat the same mistakes game in-game out.

We need Howie and the so-called big 2 on D to step it up and get back to playing inspired AND physical hockey. Let’s see Kronwall hit like he used to. let’s see Jimmy play like he did much of last season, and, for heaven’s sake, Ericsson, play closer to your actual size and reach.

Babs needs to stop using a forward on the point and needs to develop the latent offensive potential of Brendan Smith on the PP.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/13/14 at 02:27 PM ET

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