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‘This is what we earned’: Red Wings cling to playoff spot

Apr 13, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

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Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings had a one-goal lead, only to lose in a shootout. One point in the bag, another crucial point lost.

Friday saw a similar scenario for the Red Wings, this time the opponent was the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings held a 2-1 lead into the late stages of the third period, before Jonathan Toews scored with 2:57 remaining to send the game to overtime. the Red Wings ended up losing 3-2 in the shootout.

Two days and two important points lost.

Instead of distancing themselves a little bit from the those chasing them in the standings, the Red Wings remain in striking distance of at least three teams as the battle for playoff spots continues.

The Red Wings still hold down the eighth and final playoff spot, but just barely. They are two points ahead of the Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets. It is very possible the Red Wings do not qualify for the post-season.

The last time that happened was in 1990.

“To me, strange is living in the past,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock told “You are what you are. This is what we earned this year. This is what our team is. We’re no better or no worse than we are. We’re just a team battling to get in the playoffs.

“Win a game, that’s all. To me, we take the same approach we have every year: Try to win games and get better.”

  1. canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    I wonder if polegojim is still laughing at me now.

    Detroit may very well still make the playoffs this year.

    Just don’t get too cocky.

    All good things come to an end and Detroit’s playoff streak will eventually end as well.

    • polegojim - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Laughing that you’ve changed your comment and have given the Wings MORE credit? I don’t understand your point, but that’s unimportant.

      I have absolutely zero cockiness or delusion about the Red Wings… I’ve been saying all year… you are what you earn… and I do believe the Wings can be better then they’ve shown… but it is what it is. No matter what… it’s 21 21 21 years straight!

      But, since you’re keeping this alive… remind me… where does Vancouver keep their Stanley Cup Championship replica’s these days? Please post a picture of the banner – no others, just the Cup.
      I don’t dislike Vancouver, I dislike trash talking without substance.

      My only point is – Show some respect… esp when the Canucks have neither a perennial win record or even 1 Cup Championship. However, Vancouver may soon hold the record for number of playoff appearances without a Championship…

  2. wingsfan13 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    As a wings fan it hard to say, but from what I’ve seen all season even if they do make the playoffs they won’t go far. To many injuries,not enough offense,to little defense all adds up to an early exit. That’s if they can even get in, but they will be back Kenny Holland has a plan.

    • daryllh - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      We thought Holland had a plan last year.

    • Ponsonby_Britt - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      That may very well be, but we want to close out our lease on the Western Conference with a final playoff berth there.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Despaireth not oh winged faithful…

    Should they get in as last seed, Wings will show Hawks for the pretenders they are! While the law of averages is a statistical fallacy, in the bump and grind of hockey, it becomes real, real fassssst!

    The Hawks have overdrawn their balance on lucky bounces and lucky breaks, and the wheel of fortune is going to roll, and a winged wheel it be!

    Hawks do not have the horses or gas to endure an onslaught of Wings younger faster harrying legs! Hawks know it and Wings know it.

    Anything longer than five games, Hawks will be sucking wind from motor city tail pipes…

    • canucks30 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    • chicagobtech - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      I for one welcome a ‘Hawks/Red Wings match up in the first round. I’d like to see how Detroit fans talk if the ‘Hawks sweep the Red Wings in both the regular season (as happened last night) and the post season.

      Though all Dallas has to do is pick up one more win than Detroit does and Dallas should bump Detroit out of the playoffs. So we’ll see how things shape up.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    @ the highcountrybear, so let me understand this correctly, the Hawks don’t have the horses. Yet they swept Detroit this year and have beaten them 7 straight all together. Sounds to me like you were either drunk when you wrote that to living in a dream world. Detroit needs to understand hockey is a 60 min game, not a 57 min game.

    • polegojim - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Sadly, I have to agree with this… The last two shootout losses were painful…

      Earn the wins, Earn the wins, Earn the wins.

      Pluck the Hawks.

  5. sprtsfan1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Been watching the Hawks for 30 years. Hated the Red Wings for just as long but damn! I’m going to miss seeing so many of these games. All the luck in the world to the Wings in the East. Tear them up and we’ll look forward to a Hawks/Wings Cup in the very near future. With the Wings management, you know it’ll be sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see you in another epic playoffs this year. If we do, it’ll be a series for the ages.

  6. kingsforever - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Thehighcountryfield = Wings equivalent of Blomfield?

  7. jrs45 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I’d love to see CBJ make the playoffs. They’re playing great but I don’t see them going far. Still would be nice to see.

  8. fusionix7 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    It’s about time they bring Tatar back up. The Wings have scored 2 goals or less in 6 out of the last 8 games. As seen last night Babcock tried just about every conceivable line combination that he could with no result.

    Tatar brings someone who actually shoots the puck and speed. Two things that are sorely missing from this team.

    Zetterberg and Nyquist are the only ones who shoot on a consistent basis. I would say Datsyuk, but he’s getting double coverage with no space to be Datsyuk. Kindl shoots a lot but more often than not it’s right into an opposing players shin that results in an odd-man rush.

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