June 24, 2024

The Detroit Red Wings can look forward to a well-deserved break at the end of January, as well as a clearer picture of their playoff prospects.

The schedule offers nine straight games against opponents who are in the postseason picture in either the East or West as of Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Wings went up against the Oilers with a 20-16-4 record; those 44 points were only one behind the team in the second wild-card spot in the East, Tampa Bay — but there were three other teams (the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Capitals, and the New Jersey Devils) with 44 points and were ahead of the Wings in the standings due to fewer games played. That is how close the race is.

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“It’s been a huge roller coaster with a couple of winning streaks,” Wings coach Derek Lalonde said of the Wings’ midseason record. “We had a really tough stretch for a variety of reasons; we knew the schedule would be difficult, and we were missing our top two centers and top two goalies.” We would have loved to have handled it better.

“I think we would like to have a few more points, we feel we left some points out there, but you are going to look at a season and no matter who you are, you are going to feel like you left points out there,” Larkin told reporters. “I think we stuck with it when things got tough.” The group remained united. We’ve recovered and have begun to play some decent hockey again. It’s a significant couple of weeks, a terrific test for our squad, and perfect timing because of how we performed out west.”


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