ESPN’s Wyshynski deems the Wings as a team needing ‘more time to cook’

ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski ranks the NHL’s 32 teams into “contender tiers” this morning, and while the Red Wings are technically a playoff team in the NHL standings today, they’ve played in 24 games, among the most in the NHL (the Boston Bruins, for example, sit 5 points behind the Wings with 5 games in hand), so Wyshynski deems the Red Wings as needing “more time to cook“:

The Red Wings added Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider and Alex Nedeljkovic to their roster and were like, “welp, time to start winning again.” Granted, a .457 points percentage isn’t exactly “cancel the rebuild!” material, but it would be their highest since the 2016-17 season, when their current leading scorer was 15 years old.

Continued (paywall); Detroit is 12-9-and-3 this morning, which is 3 games above .500 by NHL standards, but exactly .500 to you and me.

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