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Wild Card Hopes Fading

01/12/2022 at 4:45pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings needed, and wanted, more in terms of success on this road trip through California.

With that dream of a wild-card playoff spot gradually slipping away, the Wings needed more than the two of a possible six points out of the three games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose.

Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss in San Jose capped the winless (0-1-2) trip and put the Wings three points behind Boston — with the Bruins having five games in hand. The task for a young team such as the Wings will be difficult.

That's why earning more than just two points would have been beneficial for the Wings to stay closer to the Bruins. The fact the Wings didn't play their best during these three games also was aggravating.

"Obviously we had chances to get a couple of more points, like (Tuesday)," defenseman Nick Leddy said after the disheartening loss to the Sharks. "I wish I could have tied up his (Sharks forward Logan Couture) stick for a split second longer (possibly preventing the game-winning goal). But that's kind of how it goes. It's a long season. Every game we've shown good steps in areas.

"We just have to pull together."

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