What a difference four days can make. The Detroit Red Wings entered their 4-game road swing through the Western U.S. sitting all of a pair of points up on every "playoff pack" team, including those damn Columbus Blue Jackets.
Heading into their first practice-less "dayoff" ince the Wings' 4-2 loss to Minnesota seven days ago, the Wings have gone 3-for-3 on their road trip, racking up 5-1 and 2-1 wins over Anaheim and, playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and their 4th in 6, a gritty 3-2 win over Phoenix.
The Wings now have 39 points, and sit in 5th place in the Western Conference, 1 point behind both the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks. The Wings lead the St. Louis Blues by 3 points, Thursday's opponent, the San Jose Sharks, by 5, they have a 5-point lead on Nashville, a 6-point lead on Dallas and a 7-point lead on those damn Blue Jackets.
The Coyotes? They're 9 points back and sit in 12th place, just ahead of the Oilers, Flames and Avs. They...