Are the Red Wings tanking enough? Not quite

Ottawa Senators are better at tanking right now

Jack Hughes of United States skates against Slovakia during the IIHF World Junior Championships at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on December 26, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

DETROIT – Will the Detroit Red Wings land Jack Hughes at first overall in this year's NHL Entry Draft?

Right now they are sitting in 30th place out of 31 teams, giving them a 13.5 percent chance of landing the top pick in this year's draft lottery. That's according to Tankathon, where you can simulate the lottery.

NOTE: I simulated the lottery five times at Tankathon, and the Red Wings landed in the top five each time, but only landed the top pick one of those times. What the heck? Not cool.

The Ottawa Senators are standing in Detroit's way right now, which is kind of amazing considering the Red Wings have lost eight in a row:

Feb. 16, 2019@ Philadelphia (1 p.m.)L 5-6 (OT) | Game Recap
Feb. 17, 2019 vs. Philadelphia (6 p.m.)L 1-3 | Game Recap
Feb. 20, 2019vs. Chicago L 4-5 (OT) | Game Recap
Feb. 22, 2019vs. Minnesota L 2-3 
Feb. 24, 2019vs. San Jose L 3-5 
Feb. 26, 2019 vs. Montreal L 1-8 | Game Recap
March 2, 2019@ ArizonaL 1-3
March 5, 2019@ ColoradoL 3-4 (OT) | Game Recap


That is how you tank. Keep this up and it's Jack Hughes in a Red Wings jersey this fall. But those pesky Senators know how to lose. Plus, when it came to selling assets at the deadline, no one did it better than Ottawa. They traded Mark Stone, Matt Duchene AND Ryan Dzingel. That's a sure way to tank.

And keep in mind the Los Angeles Kings are in this race, too. The Kings are tied in points with the Red Wings right now, but Detroit ...


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