When the Washington Capitals were squandering 3-0 and 4-1 leads and losing 5-4 in overtime to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, they were also breaking the hearts of Detroit Red Wings fans.
A Washington victory would’ve been moving the Capitals ahead of the Red Wings in the NHL standings. The meaning of that development is that it would’ve left Detroit eighth in the positioning for the NHL Draft Lottery.
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Instead, the Wings will remain ninth in that draft lottery pecking order. That leaves them with a 5% chance of gaining the No. 1 overall pick, in essence Regina Pats phenom Connor Bedard. They have a 64.4% chance of getting that No. 9 pick, a 23.5% shot at picking 10th and a 1.7% chance of falling to 11th.
Griffins Lashoff Mentor To NHL Rearguards
They’ll be honoring Brian Lashoff prior to Friday’s Grand Rapids Griffins home finale. The GR captain is retiring at season’s end.
While there’s certainly a gamut of emotions running through Lashoff’s mind as the end to his playing days is nearing, among the factors in which he feels the most pride is that he’s been able to help prepare several Griffins defensemen for their NHL journey.
“There’s been a lot of guys over the years, especially the younger D-men that have come through Grand Rapids,” Lashoff said. “I think in my role I had a responsibility to help them through any sort of adversity they’re dealing with, and when they’re doing well to let them know. I think momentum is huge for young guys to be able to ride it and play themselves out of this league.
“Fil Hronek is a guy that I loved my time with Fil, I think we worked together well. When you’re playing with these guys on a day to day basis and you’re paired with them . . . Moritz Seider is a guy I played a little bit with. Gus Lindstrom, I played with him. If I could help these guys in any way, I hope they feel that way. It means a lot to see these guys come through Grand Rapids and then play in the NHL.”
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Losing their fourth straight game, Detroit was ending the season with a 5-0 setback at Tampa Bay
- Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde sees cause for optimism looking ahead to the 2023-24 NHL season
- Following this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Little Caesars Arena will be one of only two current NHL home rinks that’s never played host to an NHL postseason game
- Some unique Gordie Howe items are being put up for online auction to raise funds for the Howe family’s charity foundation
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Pittsburgh: Tristan Jarry, goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins, says he was playing hurt all season long.
Boston: Patrice Bergeron, captain of the Boston Bruins, left Thursday’s game against Montreal after the first period for precautionary reasons due to an upper-body injury.
Florida: Losing the season finale to the Carolina Hurricanes assures that the Florida Panthers will be playing the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens are officially fifth in the NHL Draft Lottery odds.
Philadelphia: While the attention was on Jonathan Toews, playing his farewell game for the Chicago Blackhawks, at the other end of the rink Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Justin Braun, who’s retiring, was playing his final NHL game.
Colorado: Watch as Mikko Rantanen scores his 55th goal to be setting a Colorado Avalanche single-season record.
Los Angeles: Assessing the team awards for the Los Angeles Kings.
Vegas: Laurent Broissot is making a strong case to be the starting playoff goalie for the Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose: These are the five biggest offseason questions that the San Jose Sharks must answer.