from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Wings visit Anaheim on Tuesday, then play in San Jose on Thursday and Columbus on Friday. As scheduling quirks go, this could be a profitable one for the Wings. Anaheim had the NHL's worst (32nd) win percentage as of Monday morning (.300, 4-10-1), while San Jose ranked 27th (.382, 5-9-3) and Columbus 31st (.321, 4-9-1).
Bottom line: These are the three of the weakest teams currently in the NHL. All three likely are to contend to have the best odds of drafting first overall next summer. These are games the Red Wings should be able to win, and need to, if they have hopes of playoff-contending deep into this regular season....
Anaheim is young and playing with little confidence, San Jose has only won two regulation-time games all season, and Columbus is injury-decimated and has goaltending issues.
There are no sure things in professional sports. But these three games will be as close as it gets, in that regard, for the Wings.
"If you're going to be a successful team, you got to be above .500 on every trip," forward David Perron said after Saturday's loss. "That puts us needing at least two out of three for sure and points in all the games."