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The Daily: Might a Christmas snowstorm end up costing Red Wings the playoffs?; Capitals are open for business

Monday game was makeup for Dec. 23 postponement



Dylan Larkin, Red Wings
A holiday snowstorm prevented the Red Wings from traveling to Ottawa for an originally-scheduled Dec. 23 game.

If you track those sorts of things, Monday’s 6-2 loss at the Ottawa Senators was dropping the chances of the Detroit Red Wings making the NHL playoffs to 19%. Another loss to the Senators in the rematch on Tuesday would see that number plummet to 8%.

Monday’s game was a makeup for a contest originally scheduled for Dec. 23, but wiped out by a pre-holiday snowstorm. At the time, the Senators were in no shape to play an NHL game. Five players – defensemen Artem Zub and Jacob Bernard-Docker and forwards Josh Norris, Mathieu Joseph and Tim Stützle – were on injured reserve at the time. Ottawa’s Belleville AHL club had already departed for the Christmas break, so no reinforcements were going to be riding to the rescue.

Odds are, had the game been played as originally scheduled, the Red Wings would’ve skated off winners. Instead, three of those previously on the injured list – Stützle, Joseph and Zub – played Monday and combined for a goal and two assists.

Should Detroit come up one or two points shy of the playoffs, the role Mother Nature played in the outcome won’t be forgotten.

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  • Posting a 6-2 win over the Red Wings, the Ottawa Senators were showing they also have designs on postseason play
  • Detroit will need to show up with a much better effort in the Tuesday rematch at Ottawa.

Red Wings Next Game

Same time, same opponent, different day. The Red Wings will be hoping for a much better outcome as they face the Senators in Ottawa again on Tuesday. Once more, the game is showing a 7 p.m. ET start. Detroit is 0-3-1 in its last four games at the Canadian capital.

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