The Athletic’s Don Luszczyszyn and Sean Gentille are back with their weekly power rankings, and this week they’re surprisingly optimistic about the Red Wings’ playoff chances:
Last Week: 25
Dom rank: 19
Sean rank: 19
Dom: No team has won me more money this year than the Red Wings — not even the Wild. So I unequivocally love them more than any other team right now. They’re better than people are giving them credit for as the team’s trifecta of rookies have done a great job plugging some massive holes. It might not be enough to make the playoffs in a deep East, but it’s a start to something good.
Sean: You saying “it might not be enough to make the playoffs” implies that it also … might be enough to make the playoffs. It’s not. The Red Wings are not going to make the playoffs. But — BUT — they’re probably the fifth-best team in the Atlantic, and the bottom of the Metro is a crater. Looks like a four-playoff-team division over there. So … yeah, maybe the Red Wings can make the playoffs.
Continued (paywall); I don’t think that the Red Wings will make the playoffs, but it’s fun to talk about.