The Detroit Red Wings’ draft lottery odds did not improve or get worse following Friday’s season-ending 5-3 victory at New Jersey.
The Red Wings have a 6 percent chance of winning the May 10 draft lottery for the first overall pick.
They will have the eighth-best odds in the NHL, finishing 25th overall with 74 points (32-40-10).
According to Tankathon.com, the Red Wings will have a 6.4 percent chance of winding up with the second selection. They have a 54.4 percent chance of picking eighth, a 30 percent chance of drafting ninth and a 3.2 percent chance of winding up 10th, which is the lowest they can fall.
Detroit can’t end up with picks 3 through 7.
Montreal, which finished with the worst record, has a 25.5 percent chance of winning the lottery. The 16 non-playoff teams will participate. A change in the rules last year reduced the number of draws from three to two, making it more difficult for teams with lower odds to win the lottery or end up with the No. 2 pick.
The entry draft is July 7-8 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Most analysts project center Shane Wright of Kingston (OHL) to be the first pick.
The Red Wings will draft in the top 10 for the sixth year in a row.
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