The Detroit Red Wings are coming off a three-game home stand, during which they earned four of a possible six points. They’ll head out on the road for four straight away from the Joe looking to gain additional ground in an extremely tight Eastern Conference. Here are Detroit’s next three opponents.
Tuesday, March 15 at Philadelphia
The Red Wings pay a visit to the City of Brotherly Love to play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia trails Detroit by a mere three points for the final Wild Card spot in the standings, so needless to say, this will be a huge game. This game also marks the likely season debut of prospect Anthony Mantha, who the Red Wings brought up from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday in an effort to spark the struggling offense.
Thursday, March 17 at Columbus
Detroit will move on to Columbus and will be looking to avenge last week’s loss to the Blue Jackets, when the two teams meet again at Nationwide Arena. Hopefully this game they’ll be ready to go from the start, as opposed to falling behind in shots and the score. Jimmy Howard started that game; no word from coach Jeff Blashill on which goaltender will play Thursday. Columbus is well out of the playoffs, and Detroit can’t afford to not take advantage of that.
Saturday, March 19 at Florida
Detroit then heads south for the first of two games against their two Atlantic Divisional opponents in Florida, starting with a tilt against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Legendary forward Jaromir Jagr continues to play at a high level at age 44, having recently passed Gordie Howe for third on the NHL’s all-time points list. This is Detroit’s second game in South Florida this season, and they’ll be looking for their first win.