The most wonderful time of the year has arrived. The time of year when every shift means more, every goal means more, every game means everything, and the time of year when one play here or there can determine whether a team achieves hockey immortality on Lord Stanley's Cup or has some extra unwanted tee time. It's the postseason; a place where stars become legends and a place that's become a routine accomplishment in Hockeytown for more than two decades.
This year has been an injury-filled transition year for the Red Wings, who squeaked into the postseason on the last game of the year, but none of that matters now; what matters is the Wings are in a 16-way tie for first and are the same number of wins away from hoisting Lord Stanley again as any team left standing. Tonight, they'll try to take one step closer by taking the opening game of the first round series against the Ducks.
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You can watch tonight's 10:30 PM game on NBC Sports Network or Fox Sports Detroit, or TSN for our Canadian viewers, or tune in on 97.1 The Ticket.