If you need to know how the Red Wings can clinch a berth to their 22nd straight playoffs, it has been presented to us succinctly by The Detroit News:
*Earn at least one point in Dallas on Saturday, ending regulation time with a tie.
*If Columbus loses at home Saturday against Nashville, the Red Wings will make the playoffs regardless of what they do in Dallas.
*If the Minnesota Wild lose both of their remaining games, the Red Wings automatically make the playoffs.
If the Red Wings and Columbus finished tied in points the Red Wings have the tiebreaker advantage because of the greater amount of combined regulation time/overtime victories.