Abdelkader & Smith in, Weiss & Marchenko out for Game 3

Forward Justin Abdelkader and defenseman Brendan Smith will both be back in the Red Wings lineup for Game 3 of their first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening. Abdelkader confirmed he is playing tomorrow. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) April 20, 2015 Babcock confirms Smith is in. Marchenko is out. — Ansar Khan … Read more

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo via: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Photo via: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings were able to stretch their amazing post-season streak to 24 seasons this year, and they got paired with a first round matchup against division rival Tampa Bay Lightning. The Red Wings were in solid playoff position for the first five months of the season, and were even in contention for the top spot in the division. March would come along then, and the Red Wings would hit a slump that put them in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 24 years. The Red Wings would win two of their final three games, and earn 5 of 6 possible points, to clinch third place overall in the division.

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Wild Firesale Could Mean Wings Benefit

I’ll be looking at some teams whose salary cap situations, place in the standings, or any other variety of reasons will cause them to part with some pieces over the summer, and how the Red Wings may benefit from their misfortunes. Click here for my look at the Philadelphia Flyers. Up next are the Minnesota Wild!

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