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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs. Rangers

Losing is the new winning, and yes I mean that.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:30 PM

Place: Little Caesars Arena


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket, AM 1270

Rangers Blog: Blueshirt Banter

The Red Wings are on a 3-game losing streak and have just three wins in the month of December. They currently sit with the 4th worst record in the NHL and sit 11 points out of a playoff spot (haha). So yes, it’s over Red Wings fans, and it’s time to cheer for them to lose, at least from my perspective. Even if this team makes the playoffs (please don’t), they have no chance of making it out of Round 1. Losing means a better chance of Rasmus Dahlin, a better chance of Ken Holland being gone and a better chance of the young guys finally being given a shot. With the Rangers in town tonight, and then the Penguins on NYE, I can really get on board this whole losing train.

So let’s talk about those blue shirts. The Rangers are in 4th place in the Metro division, which has proven to be by far the toughest division in the NHL this year. They are only five points out of 1st, but also sit just three points up on a playoff spot. Already being, 2-1-1 in their last four games, New York has Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago and Arizona in their next four, which gives them the real chance to make up solid ground in the division.

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!