Last season, the Detroit Red Wings nearly dashed the Chicago Blackhawks' playoff hopes in the final game of the regular season.
This time, the Blackhawks could play a spoiler of sorts in Saturday's finale at Joe Louis Arena with a chance to help deny the Red Wings home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Chicago fell 4-3 to visiting Detroit on the last day of the 2010-11 regular season and only got into the playoffs because of Dallas' loss in Minnesota later that day.
The Blackhawks (44-26-11) spared themselves the same drama this season by wrapping up their postseason berth before the start of this month. Chicago, though, won't begin its fourth consecutive playoff appearance at home because it can finish no better than fifth in the Western Conference.
The Red Wings, meanwhile, trail fourth-place Nashville by one point heading into Saturday.
Detroit (48-28-5) needs a win and a regulation loss from the Predators later in the day to clinch home-ice advantage for a ...