Morning Skate: Red Wings at Devils – Preview, How to Watch
Weather: 7:00 PM EST
Place: Prudential center
TV: BSDET, MSG+
Radio: WXYT-97.1 FM
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The Red Wings are expected to wrap up their season against the New Jersey Devils tonight. The Devils represent an opportunity for Detroit to end the season on a winning note. They won the previous two games of the season series by scores of 5-2 and 3-0 last Sunday.
Detroit’s final standings are yet to be determined between their result tonight and what happens with each of Buffalo’s and Ottawa’s games, they can be placed anywhere between 7th and 9th lottery positions. But compared to previous seasons when they held a top-5 lottery position, the Wings don’t have as much to lose here, with their chances of grabbing either of the two lottery positions changing by only fractions of a percent. depending on where they end up. So there is no reason to worry about dramatic changes to win this game. Who knows, maybe winning this game will make the hockey gods finally do the Wings a favor and provide them with a possible lottery slot with a win.
The second half of the season was a tough one for Detroit as their flaws were exposed, especially on defense. Expect to see players trying to make a good final impression. They will have various motivations, whether it’s trying to earn another contract in the NHL, in Detroit or elsewhere, to attract the interest of other teams as a commercial candidate or to show that they can do part of the future here in Detroit.
Standout rookies Seider and Raymond probably want to end the season with one of their best performances. Seider is just one point away from hitting the 50-point mark, which would be a great scorer to hit as a rookie defenseman. Raymond sits at 56 points, including 23 goals, so he should have a very productive night to reach further milestones. Tyler Bertuzzi, after having to miss the game against Toronto, is only one score away from scoring 30 goals this season. With a potentially contentious contract negotiation ahead, he would no doubt like to be able to claim that accomplishment.
In the end, it’s likely Detroit will give Nedeljkovic the chance to end the season as a starter. He’s started 52 of the Wings’ 81 games this season, and tonight represents the possibility of making his 60th appearance of the season. That’s a dramatic increase from his 23 starts last year for Carolina.