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Playoff hopes running on empty for last place Wings

Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Best case scenario from the week that was

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

Real Life

Detroit is running out of opportunities. Yes there are 32 games left, but recent history makes it feel as if a run to the playoffs is unlikely. To have any chance at making the playoffs they will need to reach the 90 point mark. That would require an 18-9-5 finish. Possible, yes. Likely, umm no. Detroit’s playoff percentage dropped from 1.6 to 1.1 during the last week. If you want to check out some playoff percentage information for the Wings here it is.

Teams to keep an eye on

Detroit has to pass half of the Eastern Conference to make it to the playoffs. Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston need to drop games for Detroit to have a chance.

Red Wings games upcoming (2/3 - 2/5)

Friday - NY Islanders @ Detroit 7:30 PM (NHLN), Saturday - Detroit @ Nashville 8 PM

The weekend schedule (2/3 - 2/5)

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

Friday, February 3rd

+ Columbus @ Pittsburgh 7 PM

+++ Anaheim @ Florida 7:30 PM - Western Conference could really help Detroit out with some road wins.

+++ Calgary @ New Jersey 7:30 PM

+++ Edmonton @ Carolina 7:30 PM


Saturday, February 4th

+ Washington @ Montreal 1 PM

++++ Los Angeles @ Philadelphia 1 PM NHLN

++ Toronto @ Boston 7 PM - Both teams in contention for 3rd in the Atlantic. Regulation win is the best option.

++ Ottawa @ Buffalo 7 PM - Ottawa is pulling away with 2nd in the Atlantic. They need a prolonged losing streak for Detroit to have a chance to catch them.

+++ Anaheim @ Tampa Bay 7 PM

++ Carolina @ NY Islanders 7 PM

+++ New Jersey @ Columbus 7 PM

+ Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 8 PM


Sunday, February 5th

+ Los Angeles @ Washington 12 PM NBC

+ Edmonton @ Montreal 1 PM

+ Calgary @ NY Rangers 2 PM

Best case scenario

2nd Atlantic: Ottawa: 50 GP - 60 PTS

3rd Atlantic: Boston: 55 GP - 60 PTS

2nd Wild Card: Philadelphia: 53 GP - 58 PTS

In the Hunt

Toronto: 50 GP - 55 PTS

Florida: 52 GP - 54 PTS

NY Islanders: 50 GP - 53 PTS

Carolina: 51 GP - 53 PTS

Detroit: 52 GP - 53 PTS

Buffalo: 51 GP - 52 PTS

New Jersey: 53 GP - 51 PTS

Tampa Bay: 53 GP - 50 PTS