You guys are forgetting Malkin didn't play. Not sure if he's going to be ready for the playoffs or not but he's an ENORMOUS factor. I would have loved the win to cap off a great night though. 23 years it is. Go Wings!
You're forgetting Cleary will be back in the playoffs.
This is the time of year he lives for. He doesn't care about the rest of the season. He rises to the occasion in the clutch, when most of us would fail under similar pressure.
Both have been out at the same time for a big chunk of time.
Every player projected to be even a semi-regular center has missed at least 12 games, Andersson is the only one who has played more than 45.
Miller, Quincey, and Kronwall are the only players to have played 70 or more games.
Tatar and Lashoff, along with the three above, are the only players to have missed fewer than 10 games.
Nyquist and Tatar are the two leading goal scorers.
They have dressed 30 skaters and have had 11 rookies dress.
If you had been told those facts at the beginning of the year, haw many games out of the playoffs would you think they'd be right now? I would have figured close to the bottom of the division. Instead, if the season ended today they would be in the playoffs.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty proud of what this team has accomplished, even if it's not what past teams have been able to do.