The Detroit Red Wings are 5-4-1 in their past 10 games played and currently have a tenuous grasp on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
On the face of it, this hardly warrants enthusiasm. However, when one looks deeper into the team’s performance of late, one can find some positive signs emerging for the Red Wings’ playoff hopes this season.
And let’s face it—a deeper look is what’s required to find such signs.
The Red Wings have largely underperformed relative to expectations for this season. Their never-ending injury woes have relegated whatever potential greatness this roster was capable of to that which exists on paper.
Center Stephen Weiss has been a titanic disappointment. Defenseman Kyle Quincey likely has to buy his own beer in Detroit...along with a round for everyone else in the bar. And Jimmy Howard—well, you see where I’m going with this.
Naysayers and down-in-the-mouthers be damned, there are reasons to look at this Red Wings team and see hope for a future beyond Game 82 of the season.
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