The Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers are both having trouble making progress toward their respective postseason goals.
The teams, though, have a chance to earn some key points at the expense of each other during Sunday's matchup at Joe Louis Arena.
Having been eliminated from contention for another Central Division title, Detroit (46-27-5) has set its sights on the next best thing, home-ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. The Red Wings, set to make a team-record 21st consecutive postseason appearance, haven't helped themselves by going 3-8-2 over their last 13.
Detroit lost its spot in the Western Conference's top four with a 4-1 home defeat to Nashville on Friday. The Predators overtook the Red Wings in the standings by scoring the game's first three goals during Jimmy Howard's return to the net.
"Our sights are on getting that fourth seed and home ice," said Howard, who had missed four consecutive games because of a groin in...