April 11, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) receives congratulations from center Joe Pavelski (8) after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Playoff Hopes Fade

The Detroit Red Wings needed two points last night. They needed it to stay in front the the Phoenix Coyotes for the 8th and final playoff spot with just eight games to play.  The needed it but didn’t want it.  That was obvious from the first period of the game which moved Mickey Redmond to comment “What a mess!”

And it was.

The Wings  got an early power play opportunity but quickly gave it away after Captain Henrik Zetterberg turned over the puck giving the San Jose Sharks a 2 on 1 breakaway.  The subsequent goal put the Detroit Red Wings down 1-0.  The goal scoring struggles continued as the Hockeytown Heros could only muster a 2-2 tie after the shoot-out salvaging just one point.

The Red Wings whiffed on an opportunity to pull within 1 point of the 6th playoff spot and stay ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes who are just two points behind them in the playoff race. Points they could make up tonight unless the Winged Wheelers  can upset the Chicago Blackhawks.  That’s because Phoenix is also in action tonight against the lowly Calgary Flames a team they should beat.

So what is wrong with the Detroit Red Wings.  Last nights play at Joe louis Arena was uninspired. Even during intermission and post game interviews the Wings players seemed almost resigned to the fact they were going to miss the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Were the Wings just being calm and confident or showing indifference?  Does the fact that Ken Holland made no moves to improve the team at the trade deadline signal that the organization has given up on 2013?

We will see if the Detroit Red Wings have any fire left when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago.  The Blackhawks have defeated the Wings in their prior three meetings. The game should have a playoff feel to it for the Wings. A loss tonight would be difficult to overcome for a Wings team battling for their playoff lives.  The puck drops from Chicago at 8:30 pm.  You can catch tonight’s game on Fox Sports Plus.

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