The Red Wings have played some close games lately.
And that’s putting it mildly.
In their last eight games, the Wings have gone to overtime seven times. The only one that finished in regulation during that stretch was a 3-2 win over the Kings.
Last night, Detroit won 5-4 in a shootout over Buffalo. Justin Abdelkader scored with less than seven minutes remaining to send it to extra time — the 10th time this season that the Wings have needed it.
“It’s nice to win one in overtime,” said Abdelkader, per CBS Detroit. “A few too many games in overtime of late, but we’ll take the points.”
Last night’s victory improved the Wings’ record to 13-8-4, good for second place in the Atlantic Division.
If there’s reason for concern — or, at the very least motivation to play better — it’s that they’ve only won seven times in regulation all season. Only six teams have fewer regulation wins than that, and none of those six are in a playoff position. Montreal has the most regulation wins with 17.
But hey, wins are wins. They’re all worth two points.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver…