LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Author
DETROIT (AP) — NHL standings was displayed within the Detroit Pink Wings’ dressing room, filling a lot of a wall between the gamers’ lounge and showers.
Detroit doesn’t show the ever-altering look on the league’s lineup of groups anymore.
And, maybe that’s a great factor.
Detroit is in peril of not making the playoffs for the primary time since 1990, a streak that began when it might outspend the competitors and should finish as a result of the wage cap caught as much as the storied franchise. The Purple Wings awoke Wednesday in seventh place within the eight-group Atlantic, however simply six factors away from the division’s third assured spot within the postseason with rather less than half of the common season remaining.
“You don’t need to be on that staff that doesn’t make it,” captain Henrik Zetterberg acknowledged. “We nonetheless have an opportunity, however we now have to play the instantly.”
Simply when it seemed like Detroit’s possibilities have been doomed with a fourth dropping streak of three video games or extra, it confirmed indicators of life by rallying from a two-objective deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-three on Saturday night time and shutting out Atlantic-main Montreal Canadiens 1-zero on Monday afternoon.
“I perceive, from the surface, the criticism the place you take a look at this group and say it’s not a playoff group,” winger Thomas Vanek stated. “At occasions, we’re in all probability not. The great factor right here is we’ve nice management and we do consider in one another. Once we do issues proper, we will win video games towards the perfect of them.”
The Pink Wings are the one staff to make the playoffs in yearly of the wage cap period, which started with the 2005-06 season. However in recent times, they’ve barely prolonged the NHL’s longest lively postseason streak, which is tied for the third longest in league historical past, and have been knocked out of the primary spherical three years in a row.
“The Pink Wings are the final workforce the cap has caught as much as,” stated former Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood, who works as a Pink Wings analyst on Fox Sports activities Detroit.
Final yr, Detroit beat out the Boston Bruins on a tiebreaker for the ultimate spot within the Japanese Convention playoffs to increase its exceptional playoff run to 25.
“It’s not a simple factor to do,” Montreal defenseman Shea Weber stated. “It takes a number of dedication, beginning with the possession. And, it comes right down to the gamers with the ability to get it achieved yearly.”
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