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A Shot At The Playoffs?

11/20/2018 at 4:26pm EST

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some fan mail.

The first question is easy to figure out by her response.

From the start of the season, players and Jeff Blashill have said the goal is to make the playoffs. As it should be for guys in the locker room — they should want to win.

“This league is such that I think any team at the beginning of the year can be a playoff team,” Blashill said. “I don’t think there’s a huge separation in talent from one team to the next. Confidence is a huge factor. Health can be a huge factor. Any team that starts the year has true optimism. We see it every year, teams that surprise.

“The question would always be, why not us? Certainly there weren’t prognosticators picking us and I understand why, I get that, too. But my point is, the difference isn’t huge.”

So that’s what’s the thinking is in the locker room. From the outside perspective, I don’t see the Wings making the playoffs...

more plus a few more questions...

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