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A2Y- I Believe

02/24/2023 at 11:14pm EST

The NHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin on April 17th and I fully expect the Detroit Red Wings to be there.

Of course, injuries come into play. The Wings cannot afford to lose three players for a length of time. Husso, Seider and Larkin are players who must stay healthy. If not, trouble.

One game at a time, play as a team and we will be watching flying octopuses come mid-April.

We are this close folks...

Below is the current wild card race in the East after tonight's games and the remaining Detroit schedule.


"Ain't no place for a nervous person" said a wise olde Hockey Gent.....


25 games is a lot of points up for grabs.  Some tough teams and a couple of struggling teams.  But if you can’t hold your own against the tough teams you shouldn’t qualify for the playoffs, so let’s give it a go.



Longtime Channel 7 sportscaster Don Shane has died at the age of 70, 7 Action News has learned.

Don spent 23 years at WXYZ and no one had more fun on the air or covering our local teams.

He joined Channel 7 in 1989 – and was on hand for so many hugely important events over the years. The many championships – but also the heart-breaking defeats – all while showcasing the drama and emotion of the moment for our viewers.

The NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup, the Rose Bowl, prize fights from Las Vegas – Don covered it all during a career that included two stints in Detroit.

He loved what he did – and that joy came right through the screen into your homes.


A Dare Don segment,


Quite a difference in the EC from last year when the top 8 teams were locked in by January with a wide gap of 12-15 points to the number 9 team.  In the Atlantic Division there was ultimately a stunning 37 point gap between #4 and #5.  Of these teams below only 2 will qualify, and 40-50 points yet to be determined.  Detroit is 10 points ahead of last year’s record at this point.

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via NHL.com,

Don't look now, but the Detroit Red Wings (28-21-8) have played themselves back into the thick of the Eastern Conference wild card race. OK, do look now, because what a treat it is to see the Red Wings battling for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after having been on the outside looking in the previous six seasons. Detroit, which is 7-2-0 this month, is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-4), the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup champion, at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; BSDET, BSSUNX, ESPN+, SN NOW). Red Wings goalie Ville Husso is 8-2-0 in his past 10 starts, and captain Dylan Larkin leads them with 22 goals, 10 shy of his career best (32 in 2018-19) with 25 games left. Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point is coming off a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The Red Wings were victorious in their first two games against the Lightning this season, Husso winning both with a .929 save percentage. -- Dave Stubbs, columnist


I believe we have a shot, but I also believe we should trade Bertuzzi, sorry but we should. The team could use the promising assets in return, and while its not the same caliber, we have NHL level talent that will be sat over the next week. Clear the logjam, pickup assets, the goal is cups, not a singular playoff run, the East is a BEAST!   


I believe they have a chance too, but it's still more likely they DON'T get in. A trade and an injury and a string of losses and the view from the outside gets ugly. I don't envy Yzerman right now. Hit the brakes and accumulate draft capital and prospects or stomp on it and see if they can run? Also have to wonder about his confidence in re-signing the FA's that could potentially be worth some picks in return

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