Detroit Red Wings envying city's support of Lions playoff run

The Detroit Red Wings are cheering on the Detroit Lions, hoping for the same if/when they make a run of their own.
Former Detroit Lion, Herman Moore, left, stands with former Piston Earl Cureton, Tigers great Al Kaline, and Former Red Wing Chris Osgood.
Former Detroit Lion, Herman Moore, left, stands with former Piston Earl Cureton, Tigers great Al Kaline, and Former Red Wing Chris Osgood. / Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings are doing everything possible to push forward for a playoff berth. The chance for the Red Wings to make the playoffs has considerably increased with their increased level of play as of late, but the Red Wings are leaning on another Detroit sports team.

While the Detroit Red Wings are still working to get into the 2023-24 postseason, the Detroit Lions are flying high. They not only made the postseason but defeated former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams during Super Wildcard Weekend.

The Lions are buzzing, and the city has absolutely come alive to support the Honolulu Blue squad, right around the corner from Little Caesars Arena, over at Ford Field. It's no secret that the Red Wings have some players who love themselves a bit of Lions football, especially as the team makes a playoff run.

With the number of local products with Michigan-born players on the roster or players who played in Michigan during their younger years for the USNTDP or any Michigan-based program/school/amateur team, it should be expected. The Red Wings must envy what the Lions are doing, hoping they can do the same later this spring if the cards fall the right way.

Detroit Red Wings hope the city ignites for them as it has for the Lions.

While it may not be the players doing, or even the coaches, moreover the league and city, the Red Wings manuevered their schedule around on Sunday to cater to the Lions game. The Red Wings game was originally a matinee, but the Lions are hosting another home playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting at 3 PM ET.

That said, the Red Wings are squaring off with the Tampa Bay Lightning (what a coincidence), but the game has been pushed to 7 PM ET. This means the Red Wings should be able to catch the Lions game and cheer on their brothers on the gridiron. It's got the potential to be an awesome Sunday, especially after last Sunday when the Red Wings squeaked out a tight win against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Lions defeated the Rams.

The Lions-Red Wings connection is only growing, too. One of 97.1 The Ticket's Audacy articles recently featured a piece talking about Alex DeBrincat being out to dinner, seeing Lions players Penei Sewell and Jerry Jacobs. While Sewell did not recognize DeBrincat, he's hoping to meet DeBrincat sometime soon.

The article goes on to talk about how the players stayed in the locker room to watch the game after Sunday's win in Toronto and how the coaching staff are just as big of Lions fans as the players seem to be, hinting that the Red Wings video guys are the biggest Lions fans out there.

Even Coach Derek Lalonde, a noted Buffalo Bills fan, has started to cheer for Dan Campbell and the Lions. This Sunday, the Red Wings may have a big game of their own, but the team will be just as locked in on the Lions game as most metro Detroiters.

Let's have ourselves a big Sunday in the Motor City.