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The Daily: Lions get Detroit back on winning track; will Red Wings be next?

Lions post Detroit’s first winning season since 2017



Dylan Larkin, Red Wings
Could the Red Wings post their first winning season since 2015-16?

The playoff hopes for the Detroit Red Wings are fading fast. On Sunday, a dagger was stuck in the postseason dreams of the Detroit Lions. But it wasn’t an entirely lost sports weekend in the Motor City.

Rallying for a 20-16 road victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Lions finished the NFL season 9-8. Not a bad turnaround for a team that was launching the campaign 1-6.

That outcome also meant that for the first time since 2017, one of Detroit’s big four pro sports teams was completing a winning season.

The Lions were 9-7 in 2017, the previous occasion in which one of the major Detroit pro sports franchises was winning more than they lost. The Red Wings (40-31-11) and Pistons (44-38) last enjoyed winning campaigns in 2015-16. The Tigers were 86-75 in 2016, their most recent winning season.

Those 2015-16 Red Wings were also the last Detroit squad to post a playoff victory. The Piston, in 2019, were the Detroit squad that last appeared in postseason play.

At 16-15-7, the Red Wings are an above-.500 squad. However, they’ve been trending in the wrong direction. Detroit has lost three in a row and is 3-8-2 over the last 13 games.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • The Red Wings are assigning forward Elmer Soderblom to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins
  • Detroit goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is a big fan of the work of Simon Edvinsson
  • The Red Wings won snap their losing skid until the start putting the puck in the net
  • The rare ‘3D’ goal was netted by Jake Walman in Detroit’s loss to Toronto on Saturday

Red Wings Next Game

Detroit is playing host to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET) at Little Caesars Arena. The visiting team won both meetings last season. Detroit took a 3-1 verdict April 6 at Winnipeg. The Jets blanked the Wings 3-0 on January 13 in Detroit.

Hockey Now Network

Philadelphia: Forward travis Konecny is enjoying a breakout season for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston: David Pastrnak was firing a hat-trick for the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh: It was a happy Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room following their 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Islanders: Grading out how the New York Islanders are being impacted by first-year coach Lane Lambert.

Washington: Welcoming back forwards Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom from injury, the sky might be the limit for the Washington Capitals.

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Florida: Losing 5-3 to the Dallas Stars, apparently the only team the Florida Panthers can beat with any regularity is the Red Wings.

Montreal: As the NHL trade deadline appraoches, the Montreal Canadiens could be well-positioned to profit.

Calgary: A lack of preparation led to the Calgary Flames losing to the lowly Chicago Blackhawks.

Vegas: Could the Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks be logical trade partners?

Colorado: Assessing the call-ups for the Colorado Avalanche so far this season.

San Jose: The San Jose Sharks can relate to how the Red Wings are feeling about their special teams. It’s been four games since the Sharks were tallying on the power play.