NHL playoff standings: Must-win game for the Red Wings?

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Of the three Atlantic Division teams that were supposed to make the leap into serious playoff contention this season — the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators — only the Wings realistically remain in the race as the month of April begins.

But, with a 3-5-2 record in their past 10 games, their playoff chances are dwindling.

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Heading into Monday night’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+), the Red Wings are two points and three regulation wins behind the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers (two clubs that are also duking it out for the No. 3 spot in the Metro Division).

The good news for Detroit is that Philly has hit a bit of a skid itself, with a 3-5-2 record in its past 10 games as well; in addition, Detroit has a game in hand. Of course, having the extra game doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn into a win. Three of the Wings’ final seven games beyond Monday are against teams in playoff position (including one against the Capitals). After their Monday game against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET, NHL Power Play on ESPN+), the Flyers play two of their final six against teams in playoff position.

What about the Capitals? They have a game in hand on Detroit (and two on Philly). They’ll take on the Sabres on Tuesday, then play four of their final eight contests against current playoff teams.

Detroit won its first two games against Tampa Bay this season. A third W on Monday night would be a big boost to the Red Wings’ chances of getting back in playoff position.

As we traverse the final stretch of the regular season, it’s time to check in on all the playoff races — along with the teams jockeying for position in the 2024 NHL draft lottery.

Note: Playoff chances are via Stathletes.

Jump ahead:
Current playoff matchups
Monday’s schedule
Sunday’s scores
Expanded standings
Race for No. 1 pick

Current playoff matchups

Eastern Conference

A1 Boston Bruins vs. WC1 Tampa Bay Lightning
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Source link : https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/39847828/nhl-playoffs-bracket-standings-2024-red-wings-wild-card

Author : ESPN staff

Publish date : 2024-04-01 11:13:38

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