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The Daily: Sabres Helping Detroit Red Wings Improve Draft Status

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After losing to the Ottawa Senators, the Red Wings are now tied for the eighth NHL draft spot

The Buffalo Sabres late-season surge in the standings has put the Detroit Red Wings into a tie for the eighth spot for the 2022 NHL Draft.

With the Sabres beating the Nashville Predators 4-3 and the Detroit Red Wings falling 5-2 to Ottawa, the Sabres and Red Wings both have 61 points. Technically, the Red Wings are ahead of Buffalo in the official standings. But the Sabres are climbing in the standings while the Red Wings are dropping. The Sabres are 6-1-3 in their last 10, while the Detroit Red Wings are 2-6-2.

Just recently the Red Wings were looking picking at No.10 (before the draft lottery), but No. 8 is now a strong possibility. And if the Red Wings keep performing poorly, the Red Wings’ draft status will continue to improve.

The Chicago Blackhawks, currently in the No. 7 draft position, are only three points behind Detroit. The Ottawa Senators, thanks to their win, are at No. 6 and seven behind Detroit. The Red Wings and Senators play again Sunday afternoon in Ottawa.

The Sabres were riding an emotional wave to defeat the Predators. Last night, the Sabres honored long-time broadcaster Rick Jeanneret by raising his banner to the rafters.

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Around the NHL

Anaheim: Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks was involved in another lacrosse style goal. Zegras is the second player in NHL history to score a lacrosse-style goal twice in a single season (also Jan. 27, 2022 at Montreal) and the second to score two such goals, joining Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov (Oct. 29, 2019 vs. Calgary and Dec. 19, 2019 at Colorado). It’s the fifth lacrosse-style goal all-time in the NHL, with Zegras (twice), Svechnikov (twice) and Nashville’s Filip Forsberg (Jan. 14, 2020 vs. Columbus) as the only three NHL players to pull off “The Michigan” goal.

Boston:  Tuukka Rask will serve as the Boston Bruins’ corporate ambassador.

Calgary:  Consecutive losses put Calgary Flames players in a foul mood.

Florida:  George Richards explains why it is no longer good enough for the Florida Panthers to only qualify for the playoffs.

Philadelphia:   Philadelphia Flyers prospect Bobby Brink is among the candidates for the Hobey Baker award, given annually to the season’s best college player.

San Jose:  Nikolai Knyzhov re-signs with the San Jose Sharks. He should be a key figure on the team’s blue line next season.

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