Detroit Red Wings: Predicting how the Atlantic Division will Shape Up

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 07: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (71) is congratulated by his teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings on April 7, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. New York defeated Detroit 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 07: Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (71) is congratulated by his teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the third period of a regular season NHL hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings on April 7, 2018, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. New York defeated Detroit 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The preseason is wrapped up.  We take a look at where the Detroit Red Wings could end up in the Atlantic Division at season’s end.

With the games about to start to count shortly, The Detroit Red Wings are anything but contenders.  It doesn’t have to be considered a lost season by any means.  The Atlantic Division is considerably top-heavy, and for the Red Wings, it is all about player development in 2018/19.

The Detroit Red Wings won’t be able to hold up against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs or Boston Bruins. Even the Florida Panthers for that matter.  It isn’t a stretch that the Wings can finish right in the middle of the division and remain in the draft lottery next summer.

A division that has become star-studded leaves us wondering if we may see the top of the division blow out the bottom on a nightly basis. The season is setting us up for some evenings of frustration.

The top of the division will continue to be competitive amongst each other and should have many opportunities to obtain “easier” points when playing the bottom feeders.