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by Paul on 01/15/14 at 12:26 PM ET
from Pat Caputo of Heritage.com,
The good news for the Red Wings: They have 10 players selected to compete in Sochi, along with Mike Babcock, who is sitting on the hot seat as Canada’s Olympic coach.
The bad news: The Red Wings have 10 players selected to compete in Sochi.
It is the ultimate good-news, bad-news tale for an NHL squad. It can’t be a bad team if there are 10 players represented at the Olympics, but while most of the league is resting for a playoff push, the majority of Red Wings will be playing. And then, upon return, the Red Wings will be asked to ratchet up their collective game to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, which is anything but a given at this stage.
Oh, then there is the matter of the schedule leading to the Olympics. It’s very difficult, and could provide the key to the Red Wings’ season.
The Red Wings have road trips to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia (both teams have gotten hot), and Washington and Tampa Bay before the Olympics.
The Red Wings’ home games figure to be as or more difficult than the road trips – vs. Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, Washington, Montreal and Vancouver. There are no lay ups in there, except for perhaps a road trip to Florida. It is the Red Wings’ last game before the Olympic break.
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