The Detroit Red Wings needed this game badly but burned out during a 3-2 loss to the Flames at the Saddle Dome in Calgary. Going into the game, the Columbus Blue Jackets were tied with the Wings for the 8th and final play-off spot. The Detroit Red Wings were playing a team they should beat and they needed the points to stay in the play-off race. But they lost and they may miss the play-offs as a result.
The Calgary Flames have the third worst record in the NHL. But they seem to have the Detroit’s number and have beaten them three times to sweep the season series. No excuse for losing this game as championship teams find a way to win games like this. It is clear the Wings are not a championship team.
They have a tough schedule to finish the season and they need points in a hurry to lock-up their 22nd consecutive play-off appearance. The Detroit Red Wings next game is in Vancouver on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. That will be a difficult place for the Hockeytown Heros to pick up some points. The Canucks are 3rd in the Western Conference and still have something to play for with only a 2 point lead on the L.A. Kings for the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. That said the Winged Wheelers have defeated Vancouver twice and can sweep the season series and climb back into the playoff race with a win on Saturday.
But do the Detroit Red Wings have any fight left?
If they do they will have show it on Saturday. The Blue Jackets clutch 3-2 overtime win over Anaheim on the road has the Wings on the outside looking in. The loss puts them 2 points behind Columbus in the standings and with just five games left time is running out. Stay logged on to DetroitJockCity.com for coverage of the Detroit Red Wings. You can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit starting at 10:oo pm.