USA Today: Red Wings ranked 15th out of 16 contenders

The Detroit News
USA Today ranks the Red Wings 15th out of the 16 teams in the postseason.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance … That line from “Dumb and Dumber” is perhaps the Red Wings’ only takeaway from USA’s assessment of their hopes in the postseason.

The online site has the Wings at No. 15 of 16 teams, ahead the Minnesota Wild.

USA Today ranks the Washington Capitals at No. 1 followed by the Anaheim Ducks. The full article is here.

Of the Wings, Jimmy Hascup writes, “The Red Wings nearly saw their playoff streak end at 24 seasons. But they’re back, even if they’re more of a bubble team than a legitimate contender. This is a low-event team that excels at limiting scoring chances, yet still is 17th in goals against. It’s not like Jimmy Howard has been great; he’s just been better than the struggling Petr Mrazek. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have passed their peak and Dylan Larkin, at 19, can’t be counted on to carry the offense. With Datsyuk hinting that it could be his last year in the NHL, rallying around him might be their only chance.