The Detroit Red Wings are on the right side of the playoff picture—for the moment anyway. The Red Wings went down hard at home on Sunday to the St. Louis Blues by a final score of 1-0. The Red Wings are still in the playoff race, as they control their destiny with nine games remaining.
While nobody can write off a team until it is either eliminated from playoff contention or eliminated in the playoffs, the Red Wings do have some glaring weaknesses that will make it difficult if not impossible to make a deep playoff run this year (assuming they do get in the playoffs, which is still a big assumption at this point).
Here are the five biggest weaknesses that could stop the Red Wings from making a deep run in the playoffs.