A most unusual season comes to an end this weekend for the Detroit Red Wings, who cap off a pandemic-shortened slate with a competition for the seventh and eighth spots in the Central Division.

It’ll be a patchwork lineup that faces the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, robbed of Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Bobby Ryan and Robby Fabbri. But given how abruptly last season ended, shut down March 12 because of COVID-19, this 56-game sprint that started Jan.14 has been worth savoring.

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