DETROIT -- When it counts the most, the Red Wings are finally doing everything they've wanted to do.
Now they'll need to do it once more, this time on the road.
After a 5-2 victory over the hapless Nashville Predators on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena, the Wings moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with 54 points ahead of the idle Minnesota Wild.
The Wild host the Edmonton Oilers Friday and visit the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, so they have a game in hand.
The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-1, Thursday and are tied with the Wild with 53 points.
The Wings travel to Dallas on Saturday only needing a point to clinch their 22nd straight playoff appearance because they hold the tiebreaker over the Blue Jackets.
"We haven't done anything yet," captain Henrik Zetterberg said before the Blue Jackets had won. "We're not in there still. We got one more game here. Just going to go to Dallas, take care of business."
For the first time all season, the...