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Red Wings Weekday Rooting Guide (1/31 - 2/2)

Detroit has a lot of ground to make up after stumbling into the All-Star break

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Best case scenario from the week that was

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

Real Life

Well how to sum up last week? Umm not a pleasant one and the hockey was terrible as the Wings started Monday (23rd) with a 5.1 percent chance to make the playoffs and are now down to 1.6 percent (http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern/Atlantic/Detroit.html). Some of the games with the most impact on that percentage were: Detroit 0 Toronto 4 (-1.5), Boston 4 Detroit 3 OT (-0.3), Ottawa 3 Washington 0 (-0.2), NY Islanders 4 Colorado 2 (-0.2), Toronto 4 Calgary 0 (-0.2). With 11 games to go before the trade deadline it is imperative the Wings get off to a hot start after the break or the sell-off could/should begin. Sportsclubstats predicts the Red Wings need to go 20-9-4 for the remained of the season to have a 51 percent chance to make the playoffs. 24-6-3 is the requirement to get to 100 percent (well 99.8, I rounded).

Teams to keep an eye on

Boston - Detroit is seven points back with three games in hand.

Philadelphia - Detroit is also seven points back with one game in hand. Would need a lot of help catching the Flyers.

Toronto - Everything's looking up for Toronto’s hockey club. They have all the momentum and are smooth sailing right into the playoffs. I haven’t seen leaf fans this confident since about 9 PM on May 13, 2013.

Red Wings games upcoming (1/31 - 2/2)

New Jersey @ Detroit 7:30 ET on Tuesday, 1/31

The weekday schedule (1/31 - 2/2)

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

Tuesday, January 31st

+++ Philadelphia @ Carolina 7 ET - Philadelphia is a team the Wings need to track down for a spot. No three point games please.

++ Washington @ NY Islanders 7 ET

+ Nashville @ Pittsburgh 7 ET

+ Columbus @ NY Rangers 7 ET

++ Ottawa @ Florida 7:30 ET - Ottawa is getting close to out of reach for second in the Atlantic.

++ Buffalo @ Montreal 7:30 ET

+++ Boston @ Tampa Bay 7:30 ET

++++ Toronto @ Dallas 8:30 ET - Crucial for Toronto to drop some games especially to teams in the West.


Wednesday, February 1st

++++ Boston @ Washington 8 ET NBCSN - Important game for playoff hopes. Both teams on the second game of a back-to-back.


Thursday, February 2nd

++++ Montreal @ Philadelphia 7 ET

++ NY Rangers @ Buffalo 7:30 ET NBCSN

+++ Ottawa @ Tampa Bay 7:30 ET

++++ Toronto @ St. Louis 8 ET


Best case scenario

2nd Atlantic: Ottawa: 49 GP - 58 PTS

3rd Atlantic: Boston: 54 GP - 56 PTS

2nd Wild Card: Philadelphia: 52 GP - 56 PTS

In the Hunt

Toronto: 49 GP - 55 PTS

Florida: 51 GP - 54 PTS

Tampa Bay: 52 GP - 54 PTS

NY Islanders: 48 GP - 51 PTS

Carolina: 49 GP - 51 PTS

Detroit: 50 GP - 51 PTS

Buffalo: 50 GP - 49 PTS

New Jersey: 51 GP - 49 PTS