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Playoff Chances For Detroit “Don’t Look Promising”. Your Thoughts?

Sean McIndoe of Grantland on the Wings' chances to make the playoffs...

The Red Wings limped into the Olympic break clinging to the East’s final playoff spot by a single point. Now they’ve lost captain Henrik Zetterberg to back surgery, likely for the rest of the regular season. Pavel Datsyuk is still banged up and will have to shake off Team Russia’s disastrous showing. And with almost half the roster having been in Sochi, the Wings are hardly well rested.

All of which points to Detroit fading from the playoff race. That would be major news, since the Red Wings haven’t missed the postseason since 1990, a stunning feat in a 30-team league. That 23-year stretch has included four Stanley Cups and established the Wings as the closest thing to a dynasty the league has seen in the Bettman era. But every streak ends eventually, and with an aging, beaten-up roster, this seems like the year it will happen.

Then again, we’ve been ready to write them off before, including just last year, when they didn’t clinch a spot until the season’s final weekend. That team went on to upset the 2-seed Ducks before pushing the eventual champion Blackhawks to overtime of Game 7. That should serve as a lesson in not counting them out. But from here, their odds don’t look promising.

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There’s still nearly a third of the season left, how about we wait a bit to start talking about them missing the playoffs?

Maybe at least we wait until the Wings are actually not in a playoff spot?

Posted by Garth on 02/25/14 at 03:08 PM ET

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Get ready for a lot more of this.  Everyone is going to jump on the “wings will finally miss the playoffs” bandwagon now that we’re back from the Olympics and Z is out and D banged up.

Posted by Laran on 02/25/14 at 03:28 PM ET

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still, it’s no reach at all to say their odds are poor without Z.  if Kenny makes an addition, well ....?  But I seriously seriously doubt KH will make any move.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/14 at 03:29 PM ET

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I’d rather hear this crapola than hear Wings fans pissing and moaning about Pavel playing for Team Russia.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/25/14 at 03:31 PM ET

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Red Wings will be in the play off…..That’s it !!!  ....Go Red Wings Go!!

BELIEVE !

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/25/14 at 03:43 PM ET

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Lets blame it all on the players going to the Olympics even after we watch the SC winning team and their Olympic participating players hoist the game, lol.

McIndoe is a Leafs fan. One of my favorite bloggers better known for downgoesbrown.com.

This season will be much tougher to get in with so many Grand Rapid Griffins forced to fill roster spots on our team.
Thanks to NHL and it’s lame bettman inspired “parity” though ever team has a chance to make the playoffs every season even those deaf, blind and dumb.
Winning every shootout game from here on out will guarantee a playoff spot surely.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 02/25/14 at 03:44 PM ET

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and with an aging, beaten-up roster

Ah yes, the “Red Wings are old” argument.  Makes me question anything else written.

I don’t doubt it will be a struggle, the wings haven’t done well with Z when he has been out.  But It won’t be because of the roster age.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/25/14 at 03:51 PM ET

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A tough schedule during the last 24 games, with 13 of the games on the road against tough teams. The Red Wings can make the playoffs if they toughen up on defense. Either way it will be a good experience for the younger players, no matter the outcome. It will be close, but hopefully the Red Wings clinch a playoff spot before the last game of the regular season in St. Louis. If not it could be a nail biter.

Posted by bigfrog on 02/25/14 at 05:37 PM ET

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If you bet ON a streak you can lose only once.  Babcock finds a way.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 02/25/14 at 06:09 PM ET

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I’d rather hear this crapola than hear Wings fans pissing and moaning about Pavel playing for Team Russia.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/25/14 at 03:31 PM ET

Same here.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/25/14 at 11:02 PM ET

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