The Detroit Red Wings are suddenly right in the thick of the Wild Card playoff hunt in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. While of late, eyes has been fixed in pursuit of the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, there’s another team to be watching.
Much like the Red Wings, the Florida Panthers are heating up and have played themselves into the battle. Defending President’s Trophy winner Florida is 5-2 through the past seven games. A 6-3 win over the Capitals on Thursday places the Panthers one point ahead of the Red Wings and just one point out of a postseason position.
M Staalsy from up 🔝 pic.twitter.com/4yjIIogGxY
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 17, 2023
While the Red Wings will be going for their fifth successive win on Saturday night at Seattle against the Kraken, they’ll already know how the Panthers made out. Florida is in Nashville for a 2 p.m. ET start against the Predators on Saturday.
Here’s another worry for the Red Wings – they’re already 0-2 against the Panthers this season. The two clubs will meet again on March 20 at Little Caesars Arena. Detroit is 0-6-2 in the last eight games when facing Florida.
Monster Setback For Griffins
The Grand Rapids Griffins lost at home for the third time in four games. Detroit’s AHL farm club fell 6-2 to the Cleveland Monsters on Friday at Van Andel Arena.
Alex Chiasson collected a goal and an assist for the Griffins. Grand Rapids is sitting sixth in the AHL’s Central Division. The Griffins are nine points behind the fifth-place Iowa Wild.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Authors of five successive victories, the Red Wings are skating with a swagger to their step
- An influx of NHL talent from Detroit is presenting Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben Simon with a pleasant problem
- Getting two goals from Dominik Kubalik, Detroit won at Calgary for the first time since 2015
- The Red Wings were rewarding defenseman Olli Maatta with a two-year contract extension
Red Wings Next Game
Detroit looks to win six games in a row for the first time since the 2018-19 season. The Red Wings are in Seattle on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET) to face the Kraken. Last season, the Wings were 4-2 losers in their only previous visit to Climate Pledge Arena.
Hockey Now Network
San Jose: Which Carolina Hurricanes players should the San Jose Sharks be targeting in a potential trade for Timo Meier?
Vegas: Missing a net-front presence, will the Vegas Golden Knights be trading for one?
Calgary: Allen Walsh, agent for Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau, took a shot at the Flames via social media.
Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche are regaining their health on the back end. Josh Manson played in Wednesday’s win over the Minnesota Wild. Cale Makar is traveling to St. Louis for Saturday’s game and may be in the lineup.
Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Kings announced that defenseman Mikey Anderson signed an eight-year contract extension carrying an average annual value of $4.1 million.
Washington: With a visit from the Red Wings next Tuesday on the horizon, the Washington Capitals are feeling that injured forwards Tom Wilson and Nic Dowd are nearing a return to action.
Islanders: Ending a three-game losing skid, the New York Islanders were rallying for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Montreal: Center Sean Monahan was spotted wearing a regular jersey as he was practising with the Montreal Canadiens. That should be a boost to his trade value.
Philadelphia: Four different NHL teams are kicking the tires regarding Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk.
Pittsburgh: Are the Pittsburgh Penguins writing the final chapter of their long-running dynasty?
Boston: The Boston Bruins will be welcoming back injured forward Jake DeBrusk as they are facing the New York Islanders on Saturday afternoon.