Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/18/14
After going 2-3-1 in their past six games, DET (43-20-3) are now second in the Central Division.  Although even with STL at 89 points, the Blues own the tie-breaker, having one more regulation/overtime win.  The to-be-avoided-at-all-costs 4-5 matchup, today, would see DET opening the playoffs against NSH (2-7 match-up would be against PHX).  Things won’t be easy for the Wings tonight, in addition to JFH being sidelined, the Wings are minus two top-six forwards (Datsyuk, Bertuzzi), and half the regular blueliners (Mr. Norris Trophy, Ericsson, Kindl). The Flyer’s will be offering no sympathy as they too are ravaged on the blueline, missing D Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszeros as well as forward James van Riemsdyk.  Philly are in a dogfight in the Atlantic, trying to catch PIT and avoid being caught by the Devils.  In the more bad news for the Wings department,  Ilya Bryzgalov pitched a 34 save shutout Sunday against the Caps.  Philadelphia goalie coach Jeff Reese said of B...
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