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The Week Ahead: Red Wings try to keep it going against stiff competition


The Detroit Red Wings have won two consecutive games after having fallen to New Jersey in their first game following the 2017 NHL All-Star break. With 30 games remaining on the schedule and only a few points back of a playoff spot, there isn’t much room for error. Let’s take a look at who the Red Wings will be facing this upcoming week.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – 7:30 p.m. ET

This will be the second game of the year between the Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets. Detroit will be looking to avenge their 4-1 defeat by Columbus back on December 9 at Joe Louis Arena. After a 16-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets have come down to Earth, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ WASHINGTON CAPITALS – 7:00 p.m. ET

The Red Wings make their second trip to the United States capital this season for a match-up with Washington. Detroit dropped their first game against the Capitals by a 1-0 score on November 18. Alexander Ovechkin and company appear poised to (try and) go deep in the playoffs, so this match-up will be a difficult one for Detroit.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 @ COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS – 5:00 p.m. ET

The Red Wings will meet Columbus again for the second time in a week, but for the first time this season in Columbus.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 @ MINNESOTA WILD – 3:00 p.m. ET

The upstart Minnesota Wild are among the best teams in the Western Conference. Newly hired coach Bruce Boudreau has the team on a tear, and newcomer Eric Staal has revitalized his career playing in the Twin Cities. Former Red Wings Teemu Pulkkinen is currently in Minnesota’s system; no word on whether or not he’ll face his former mates.

Written by Michael Whitaker

Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

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