Fans Believe Detroit Red Wings Will Make the Postseason, but Do Players?

March 4th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
There's optimism, and then, there's blind optimism.

The former is often a helpful thing.  When you think positively, positive things often happen.

However, the latter is often a hurtful thing, when you expect only positive things to happen, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

At this point, it is a little unclear as to which of these is responsible for the belief that the Red Wings will make the playoffs this season.

With 70 points and just 19 games remaining, it is estimated that the Wings will need to accrue somewhere between 24 and 28 points in that span in order to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

If that estimate is correct, that's a minimum of 12 wins in 19 games.

Now, a couple overtime losses could be sustained (and likely will be as the Wings lead the league in that department with 12) that could still add to their point total and thus, perhaps reduce their needed wins to 11.

But, considering that eight of those next 19 games are against opponents who themselves may be battling for the eighth and final spot (Calgary, Nashville, Minnesota, and St. Louis) ...

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