The Detroit Red Wings are playing as though they have no intention of their long streak of playoff appearances ending this year.
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, and Detroit moved a step closer to its 22nd consecutive postseason berth with a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
The Red Wings, who moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, need one more point to secure their place in the postseason. They own the longest current playoff streak in North American professional sports.
''We just have to make sure we get in the playoffs and hope we keep playing well. That's the plan,'' said Valtteri Filppula, who scored his 100th NHL goal. ''Know we'll just wait and see what happens.''
Detroit has one regular-season game remaining.
Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Eaves and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg had two assists, and Jimmy Howard stopped 20 shots.
''They got the first one, but slowly we work...