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Red Wings Weekday Rooting Guide (1/23 - 1/26)

A perfect week and lots of help would have Detroit occupying 3rd place in the Atlantic

New York Rangers v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Best case scenario from the weekend that was

2nd Atlantic: Ottawa: 45 GP - 54 PTS

3rd Atlantic: Boston: 50 GP - 52 PTS

2nd Wild Card: Toronto: 44 GP - 50 PTS

In the Hunt

Detroit: 47 GP - 50 PTS

Philadelphia: 48 GP - 50 PTS

Carolina: 46 GP - 49 PTS

Actual standings

2nd Atlantic: Ottawa: 45 GP - 55 PTS

3rd Atlantic: Boston: 50 GP - 52 PTS

2nd Wild Card: Philadelphia: 48 GP - 52 PTS

In the Hunt

Toronto: 44 GP - 51 PTS

Carolina: 46 GP - 49 PTS

Florida: 48 GP - 49 PTS

New Jersey: 48 GP - 49 PTS

Detroit: 47 GP - 48 PTS

NY Islanders: 45 GP - 47 PTS

Buffalo: 46 GP - 47 PTS

Tampa Bay: 48 GP - 47 PTS

Detroit started the weekend (Friday morning) with a 4.5 percent chance to make the playoffs (sportsclubsstats.com). Ended the weekend at 5.1 percent. So a net positive. I’m not thoroughly convinced with the maths that the website uses as an accurate prediction tool, but I think it is an interesting measure to keep in mind. Some of the games that moved the percentage the most were Boston 0 Chicago 1 (+0.3), Carolina 1 Pittsburgh 7 (+0.2), Buffalo 3 Detroit 2 OT (-0.2), Toronto 2 Ottawa 3 SO (-0.2)

Teams to focus on

Detroit! Two huge weekday games against teams they are chasing for a playoff spot.

Los Angeles - On an East Coast swing, could help out the Wings with some road wins.

Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto - Detroit needs to close the gap on these teams to make it.

Red Wings - games this week

Detroit @ Boston - 1/24 7 PM

Toronto @ Detroit 1/25 7 PM

The weekday schedule

I ranked the games on a scale of 1 to 4. 1+ is least important to 4+ for most important

+++Carolina @ Washington 1/23 7 PM - Carolina in the mix for a playoff spot, Washington currently top of the Metropolitan

+Los Angeles Kings @ NY Rangers 1/23 7 PM - West over the East

++++Calgary @ Toronto 1/23 7:30 PM - West over the East. Very important game for Detroit.

++Florida @ Arizona 1/23 9 PM - West over East

++Columbus @ NY Islanders 1/24 7 PM - Columbus on top of the Metropolitan, NY Islanders still battling for a playoff spot

+St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 1/24 7 PM (NBCSN) - West over East

+++LA Kings @ New Jersey 1/24 7 PM - You understand by now

+++Washington @ Ottawa 1/24 7:30 PM - Ottawa putting some distance between themselves and the pack for second in the Atlantic

+Calgary @ Montreal 1/24 7:30 PM

+Buffalo @ Nashville 1/24 8 PM

+Tampa Bay @ Chicago 1/24 8:30 PM

+++Philadelphia @ NY Rangers 1/25 8 PM (NBCSN) - National game worth paying attention to

+++Washington @ New Jersey 1/26 7 PM

++Montreal @ NY Islanders 1/26 7 PM

+++Los Angeles @ Carolina 1/26 7 PM

++++Pittsburgh @ Boston 1/26 7 PM - Boston has been sliding, a team Detroit must pass to make the playoffs

+++Toronto @ Philadelphia 1/26 7 PM - Rooting for a 2 point game. Picking Philadelphia because they are in the Metropolitan.

+Tampa Bay @ Florida 1/26 7:30 PM

+++Calgary @ Ottawa 1/26 7:30 PM

+Columbus @ Nashville 1/26 8 PM

+Buffalo @ Dallas 1/26 8:30 PM

Best case scenario

2nd Atlantic: Ottawa: 47 GP - 55 PTS

3rd Atlantic: Detroit: 49 GP - 52 PTS

2nd Wild Card: Philadelphia: 50 GP - 54 PTS

In the Hunt

Boston: 52 GP - 52 PTS

Toronto: 47 GP - 51 PTS

Carolina: 48 GP - 49 PTS

Florida: 50 GP - 49 PTS

New Jersey: 50 GP - 49 PTS

Tampa Bay: 50 GP - 49 PTS

NY Islanders: 47 GP - 47 PTS

Buffalo: 48 GP - 47 PTS

So as you can see a perfect weekend would result with Detroit in 3rd before the break.