Detroit nine points out of final wild card spot A wise man once said, “You are what your record says you are.” So even though the Detroit Red Wings, after several tough losses, continue to maintain they’re better than last season, it doesn’t matter. They’re slightly worse, according to their record, and that’s all that matters, as noted former NFL coach Bill Parcells said. The Red Wings are 13-15-7 and have 33 points. They’re nine points behind the New York Islanders for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Last season, Detroit was 15-15-4, with 34 points, on Christmas, arguably within striking distance of a playoff spot, six points back. They didn’t make it in last season and, barring an amazing second-half rally, they’re not making it in this season. Now it’s just a matter of when they’ll start selling the few assets they are likely to move that would interest playoff-contending teams, starting with defenseman Mike Green. He might be the only player for whom the Red Wings get a decent return.