from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
A tremendous opportunity, actually, of being a spoiler to an array of playoff teams, and would-be playoff teams, who are looking for a prime playoff seeding — or simply securing a playoff spot....
“No matter where you’re at, winning is way better,” said forward Dylan Larkin, of playing the spoiler role. “We could be a big part of this and disrupt some seasons. We want to win here. We’re competitive guys, proud guys, so that is what we’re focused on.”...
Sunday, they’ll face the Lightning — who have defeated the Wings a staggering 16 consecutive games — in the first of three games between the teams the rest of the schedule.
The Lightning have slim hopes of skating past Boston for the lead in the Atlantic Division, but also are looking to end a recent slump (5-5 in last 10 games).
The Wings ended a six-game losing streak with Friday’s victory, with one of their better all-around efforts.
“We went through those three games, or so, around the trade deadline when we were bad,” Blashill said. “Since then, we’ve gotten way better with our physical engagement, emotional engagement, there’s been more talk on the bench.
“It gives life to our team.”