The playoffs are finally here. Despite taking nearly all 82 games to clinch a playoff spot, the Red Wings accomplished their goal and made the playoffs for a 24th consecutive season. The team’s prize for this historic accomplishment, a road trip to face Steve Yzerman’s offensive juggernaut, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dominant at even strength, the biggest hope for Detroit may be Tampa’s struggling special teams.
April 13, 2015
April 7, 2015
Despite the recent struggled the Red Wings entered Tuesday with a chance to clinch a playoff spot for the 24th consecutive season. A Red Wings win combined with a Pittsburgh regulation win would seal the deal. The chances looked good as both teams jumped out to leads. However both Detroit and Pittsburgh saw some turmoil as Pittsburgh would surrender 4 unanswered goals to eventually lose in OT, 4-3. Meanwhile in the motor city the Red Wings fell behind 2-1 entering the third period. Thankfully the Wings' stars came to play and did just enough to earn the victory and drop the magic number to only 2.
April 1, 2015
Let me start by saying that the Red Wings are NOT going to miss the playoffs. That said, a 5-8-2 record during the month of March is not exactly a momentum builder. With the team piling up losses and weaknesses mounting throughout the lineup, is there any hope of this team actually being effective come playoff time?
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March 24, 2015
Detroit was dealt an early blow when it was announced just before puck drop that Kronwall would not be playing due to mysterious lower body injury. While this could have a major impact on the Red Wings in the future, it should have made little difference going up against an Arizona Coyotes team in the heat of the McEichel derby. However while the management wants the Coyotes to lose no one told the payers on the ice; they battled all night long and forced the Red Wings to come from behind on 4 separate occasions just to earn the overtime point. However the impressive comeback effort was denied in overtime when Arcabello registered his second of the night to give the Coyotes two unwanted points.
March 22, 2015
While their play had picked up, the Red Wings left Florida without a single point to show for their efforts. With things getting heated at the bottom of the playoff race, Detroit could really use two points to distance themselves from the crowd. However, those points would not be easy to come by against a tough St. Louis team fighting for the division lead. After falling behind the Red Wings would battle back in the third to tie it up before winning the game in extra time.