from The Athletic,
The Athletic asked the writers who know each NHL team best two questions: 1) How confident are you in the team’s playoff chances? And 2) Will the team be a buyer or a seller at the deadline?
Here’s what they said.
Record: 10-5-4, 3rd in Atlantic
Playoff tier: They’ll be on the bubble
Trade deadline buyer or seller? Seller
Analysis: Detroit’s underlying numbers are more concerning than their record, and they could go from “bubble” to “long shot” over the course of the next month — and the best guess is still that they’ll be on the wrong side of that bubble when all is said and done. Still, though, that’s an improvement over past seasons, and the Red Wings don’t look like they’ll go down without a fight. The real question, when it comes to the deadline, is whether they’re more likely to sell or stand pat. Buying (or at least renting) feels unlikely until they’re more of a sure thing, but you could see a case for them to forego a fire sale if they’re still hanging around that bubble come February. — Max Bultman
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