The Athletic’s Power Rankings offer positivity regarding the Wings’…playoff chances?

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:

19. Detroit Red Wings

Record: 12-9-3
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.

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