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As the Detroit Red Wings try to qualify for their 22nd consecutive postseason, we’re taking a daily look at the key games that could impact that pursuit.
Had the San Jose Sharks completed their comeback Sunday and taken down the Columbus Blue Jackets, it would have made for a near perfect close to the weekend for the Red Wings. Instead, with Columbus pulling out a late win and Dallas getting a point in Anaheim, Detroit’s situation is as dire as ever.
With one week (and four games) left in the regular season, the Red Wings are three points out of a playoff spot — the trail both No. 7 Minnesota and No. 8 Columbus by that margin, with a game in hand on the Wild and two on the Blue Jackets. So, for the moment, Detroit still controls its own destiny.
That could all change Monday. If the Wings lose in regulation to Phoenix, they would face the prospect of needing to win their final three games and getting some help from other teams.
This is as close to a do-or-die situation as the Red Wings have faced in the regular season in a very, very long time.
Western Conference results from last night
Calgary Flames 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Colorado Avalanche 5, St. Louis Blues 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, San Jose Sharks 3
Anaheim Ducks 3, Edmonton Oilers 1
Los Angeles Kings 4, Dallas Stars 3 (ot)
Current Western Conference standings (through 4/15/13)
1. Chicago Blackhawks — 73 points (x)
2. Anaheim Ducks — 62 points (x)
3. Vancouver Canucks — 57 points (x)
4. Los Angeles Kings — 57 points (x)
5. San Jose Sharks — 55 points
6. St. Louis Blues — 54 points
7. Minnesota Wild — 51 points
8. Columbus Blue Jackets — 51 points
9. Detroit Red Wings — 48 points
10. Dallas Stars — 48 points
11. Phoenix Coyotes — 46 points
12. Calgary Flames — 42 points
13. Edmonton Oilers — 41 points
14. Nashville Predators — 39 points
15. Colorado Avalanche — 37 points
(x = qualified for playoffs)
Tonight’s Western Conference games
Phoenix Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers
Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks
Red Wings fans should be rooting for …
This is all about the Red Wings tonight. Detroit cannot catch Chicago, Anaheim or Vancouver, and Edmonton is eliminated from postseason contention.
A Detroit win would more or less put an end to Phoenix’s hopes — the Coyotes would only be able to reach 52 points maximum in that scenario, while Minnesota and Columbus already sit at 51 and Detroit would be at 50. But a Coyotes win would pull them into a tie with the Wings and Stars for ninth, with three games left for all of those teams.
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The Detroit Red Wings' playoff hopes begin and end with goaltender Jimmy Howard.
It would be nice if one of Detroits skilled forwards suddenly regained his goal-scoring touch, which would take some of the burden off of Howard.
But realistically, which forward seems ready to step up and be a goal-scoring machine?
Except for Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, there isnt another...
From We All Bleed Red on YouTube, Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to the CBC's Scott Oake and Craig Simpson on After Hours, and the interview's worth watching:
You know the math and the, "Wings need to win out" blather, but I'm not sure if you or I are particularly familiar with the Red Wings team that won a first-game-home-from-the-West-Coast game for the first time in five tries, defeating Phoenix 4-0 and really manhandling the Coyotes while extinguishing their playoff hopes in every category save shots.
The Wings came...
Had things gone slightly better last week, tonights game in Detroit could have had huge playoff implications for the Coyotes. But even though the odds of a postseason berth have been severely diminished, there is still a ray of playoff hope left for the Coyotes, and if they wants to keep that faint hope alive, they must find a way to win against the Red Wings.
Detroit enters the...
Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night to get two desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs.
The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in the Western Conference. They're hoping to finish the last three games of the regular season strong enough to extend...
Due to a nasty bug I've been out of the loop for a couple of days, and during that time, the Grand Rapids Griffins learned who they'll be playing in the first round of the AHL playoffs. The Griffins' PR department reports that Grand Rapids will battle the Houston Aeros in a best-of-five series which will commence on Friday, April 26th:
The Grand Rapids Griffins,...
Red Wings blank the Coyotes, as Jimmy Howard pulls up his 4th shutout this season, winning 4-0 and pulling up 2 completely crucial points. The Red Wings finally came out in a game and played like a team who’s season is on the verge of ending. While generating very little in the area [...]
The Grand Rapids Griffins are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after clinching their first division title since 2006. The Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, hold the No. 3 seed in the postseason and will take on the sixth-seeded Houston Aeroes in a best-of-five.
Here’s the schedule for that matchup:
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at...
Thursday April 25th will mark the end of a an era for the Nashville Predators. Next season's realignment will move the Detroit Red Wings to an inferior "Conference II" in the Eastern time zones where they will rekindle some of their own old rivalries. Us Pred fans though will lose the biggest rival this franchise has ever seen. I would like to take some time to say...
Tomorrow's game between the Red Wings and Kings (who are trailing 2-0 vs Minnesota, in St. Paul,as I write this) is an NBC Sports Network exclusive, and they're drumming up the "Rivalry Night" Game through a press release...
OS ANGELES KINGS ATTEMPT TO HOLD HOME ICE ADVANTAGE AS DETROIT RED WINGS FIGHT FOR POSTSEASON SPOT, ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S “WEDNESDAY...
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Following a disappointing "mini" road-trip through Western Canada where the Detroit Red Wings were only able to garner one out of a possible four points, they return to the Joe Louis Arena to take "control of their own destiny" in commencing their final week of the regular season hosting the Phoenix Coyotes (7:30 PM ET...
The Wild host the LA Kings tomorrow while Dallas plays in San Jose.
On Wednesday the LA Kings visit the Red Wings.
Thursday Nashville is in Detroit and Columbus is in Dallas.
On Friday, Edmonton is in Minnesota.
On Saturday, the last day of the regular season, Nashville is in Columbus, Detroit in Dallas and Minnesota in Colorado.
In the East... Continue reading...
By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT -- Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night to get two desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs.
The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in the Western Conference. They're hoping to finish the last three games...
The Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings have met in the postseason twice in the last three years. Now they're both trying to reach this year's playoffs.
Seeking some much-needed points, the Coyotes will try to build on a win and earn their first victory at slumping Detroit in nearly 2 1/2 years Monday night.
Phoenix (19-17-8) and Detroit (20-16-8) met in a pair of first...
The Detroit Red Wings at least nudged a little closer to the Columbus Blue Jackets and kicked off a stretch of four crucial games (with three remaining, against LA on Wednesday, Nashville on Thursday and in Dallas on Saturday) on the right foot via a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night, a game in which the Wings' power play, goaltending and positional and/or...