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The Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens have never done this before Zach Werenski Jersey , and chances are, they will never want to do it again.

The Canadiens and Red Wings, who meet Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, will miss the playoffs this season. Since Detroit joined the NHL in 1926, nine years after the Canadiens were an original franchise, this is a first.

These two storied franchises had never missed the playoffs in the same season before. To say this is a record-setting performance that neither wanted any part of would be significantly understating the case.

“It’s not a fun feeling to get used to, and none of these guys are used to it,” Detroit defenseman Nick Jensen said. “In this organization, it’s got a winning atmosphere.”

Not so much lately Gustav Forsling Jersey , though. This will be the second straight season out of the playoffs for the Wings, the first time that’s happened since the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.

“I have been a pro now for five years this is the hardest year I’ve had with not winning many games and not being in the playoffs,” Detroit right-winger Martin Frk said. “It is super tough.”

It’s been a decade since Detroit’s last Stanley Cup win in 2008.

“We need to be better as a team,” Wings forward Gustav Nyquist said. “That’s the goal, to get into the playoffs and make a run for the Cup.

“Obviously, I don’t think anyone in here is satisfied. You’ve just got to look yourself in the mirror and say you need to be better to get your team into a playoff spot.”

For the Canadiens, it’s the second time in three seasons that they’ve missed the playoffs. Although the Canadiens have won a record 23 Stanley Cups as an NHL team, they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993, a quarter-century ago.

“This was a frustrating year Jeff Skinner Jersey , obviously, for the fans and for us as well,” Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher told the Montreal Gazette. “For fans, they’re allowed to be frustrated. For us, we can’t allow that to kind of thing to seep into our mindset. For us it’s about finding solutions.”

Thursday’s game does have draft lottery implications. The Wings (30-38-12), 26th overall in the NHL, who own a league-high 11 picks in the 2018 NHL entry draft, sit three points ahead of 29th-ranked Montreal (28-39-13). The Canadiens have 10 picks in the June draft.

The Canadiens have already indicated that general manager Marc Bergevin would return next season. While the Wings have yet to officially make an announcement regarding the future of general manager Ken Holland, whose contract is up at season’s end Adam Henrique Jersey , there is strong belief in NHL circles that Holland will be back next season.

Three Red Wings will get a taste of playoff hockey this spring. Goalie Tom McCollum, defenseman Joe Hicketts and right-winger Evgeni Svechnikov were assigned to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday and will play in the upcoming Calder Cup playoffs. The Griffins are defending AHL champions.
LeBron James capped his 15th regular season with yet another record.

James played in his 82nd game on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks, completing an end to end run that underscores the 33-year-old’s remarkable consistency. The four-time MVP had never played every game in a regular season as he typically sits out games at the end of the year to rest for the playoffs.

Not this year.

James’ previous high was 81 games in 2008-09, when then-coach Mike Brown sat him for the Cavs‘ regular-season finale. James never made playing every game a goal, but he has said he wants to break the mold for players of his age.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he tried to talk James out of playing, but relented.

”He wants to play,” Lue said. ”I mean, it’s hard to play 82 games. I was in the league 11 years. Never had a chance to get to 82. Everything has to go absolutely right. He wants to play and I guess in his 15th year to get to 82, it really says a lot. It says a lot about him. But once he gets his 10 points Tyler Johnson Jersey , don’t be surprised if I yank him out. He might get mad, but I don’t care. I don’t care.”

And Lue kept his word.

After James scored 10 points, extending his NBA record for scoring in double digits to 873 games, Lue sent in Jordan Clarkson for the three-time champion.

James will finish the season leading the league in points and minutes played. He entered the finale averaging 27.7 points with career-highs in assists (9.2) assists and rebounds (8.7). He’s not expected to be named MVP as Houston’s James Harden remains the favorite, but James remains the game’s unquestioned best all-around player.

James will also lead the Cavs in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

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