Detroit Red Wings Have Been Eliminated From 2020 Playoff Contention In Their 63rd Game Of The Season

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After a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday, the Detroit Red Wings have been officially eliminated from playoff contention in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin April 8 across the networks of NBC. It was only their 63rd game of the season.

It marks the earliest elimination in the league since the Ottawa Senators were eliminated in their 63rd game of the 1995-96 season.

The Trade Deadline is set for Monday at 3 P.M. ET and Detroit is the first team to be mathematically eliminated since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003-04.

The Red Wings have had an unfortunate season, going 15-44-4 and picking up only 34 points, which is 15 points less than the struggling Los Angeles Kings. They have stayed at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and the league for the majority of the year. Their -108 goal differential is the worst in the NHL. That is a 63 goal margin between the second-worst Ottawa Senators.

Additional Stats

Goals Against: 236 (31st)

GF/GP: 2.00 (31st)

GA/GP: 3.73 (31st)

Power-Play: 14.7% (29th)

Penalty Kill: 75% (29th)

Shots/GP: 27.3 (31st)

The Capitals host the Red Wings on March 12 and visit the Motor City on March 28. They defeated Detroit on November 30 by a score of 5-2 at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings begin a three-game homestand Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Detroit Red Wings Have Been Eliminated From 2020 Playoff Contention In Their 63rd Game Of The Season

  1. Clifford Keefe says:

    It’s beyond me how a team can perform as poorly as the Red Wings have for as long as they have–and therefore having access to premium talent in the draft, yet not win…They’ve been weak and incompetent since 2008–the last time they won a Cup. I miss the Yzerman\Fedorov years during the late 90’s when they were a strong club…On the other hand, other teams have fared even worse than Detroit has over the same time span, so…

    Sta. Monica

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