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Red Wings secure key win against Coyotes

Apr 22, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Like the Winnipeg Jets in the East, Monday’s win doesn’t propel the Detroit Red Wings into the West’s top eight. It just makes things a lot more manageable.

Detroit beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 tonight to push their points total to 50, just one behind the eighth place Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s how the bubble looks now:

7. Minnesota – 51 points with three games left (20 regulation/OT wins)
8. Columbus – 51 points with two games left (17 ROW)
9. Detroit – 50 points with three games left (19 ROW)
10. Dallas – 48 points with three games left (20 ROW)
11. Phoenix – 46 points with three games left (15 ROW)

As you can see, this regulation loss doesn’t officially eliminate the Coyotes from the postseason, but it downgrades their shaky odds to a legitimate long shot. (They’d max out at 54 points and just 18 ROW if they won their final three without going to a shootout).

Detroit has a solid chance to leap the Blue Jackets and possibly even the Wild. In the case of Columbus, the Red Wings could hit 56 points if they win their remaining games while CBJ would max out at 55. (Naturally, things would get complicated if losses pile up in various forms.)

Here are the Red Wings remaining three contests:

Wednesday: home vs. Los Angeles
Thursday: home vs. Nashville
Saturday: at Dallas

In other words, you can roll out that classic stretch run cliche: they “control their own destiny.”

  1. csilojohnson - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Lets go Jackets

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      I actually would like to see the Jackets in the playoffs with the Wings. It’s the Wild I’d like to see be the odd man out.

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    That was the best I’ve seen the Wings play in a long time.

  3. pariseinminnesotabichez - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Screw the wings

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Great effort from the wings tonight. They need to play that way through the playoffs.

  5. valoisvipers - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Agreed the Wings, looked like the Wings, we all know.Keep the streak alive!

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Hey kid, rock and roll
    Rock on, ooh, my soul
    Hey kid, boogey too, did ya

    Hey shout, playoff blues
    Jump up and down in my red suede shoes
    Hey kid, rock and roll, rock on

    And where do we go from here
    Which is the way that’s clear

    Still looking for that blue jean, playoff scene
    Prettiest saves I ever seen
    See him shake it on the tv screen, Jimmy Howard…

    James Howard

  7. polegojim - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    They played UP to their potential. Keep up the intensity…

    I even have to give Abdelkader some props… but where has that been all season?

    Let’s GO RED WINGS!

  8. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Abdelkader was the man of the match no doubt…he’s the key for the young corps going forward. Looking like a fit on line one as he finds their pace and form.

    Abdelkader’s kind of energy is infectious; under control, it can wither an opposition team’s will with young legs running and fresh bodies pounding!

    And Franzen’s looking to wake up through recent games. Could we use him scoring by the bushel load from here and into the playoffs or what? That can be infectious as well…

    I see where their offensive sets are going, east west at speed then going high over sprawling keepers…all that’s left is refining timing and perfect passing as was the case in the Brunner goal, a ting of beauty so it was!

    Rock on…

  9. hockeydon10 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Dallas has three games remaining and will be playing desperation hockey at this point. They have San Jose, Columbus and Detroit. They’ll go 1-2, beating Columbus but losing their other two games, ending with 50 points.

    Columbus has two games left, Dallas and Nashville. They’ll go 1-1 and finish the season with 53 points.

    Detroit has L.A., Nashville and Dallas. I can’t see them beating L.A. (even though it’s L.A.’s second of a back-to-back). I can see them beating Nashville and Dallas, ending the season with 54 points.

    Minnesota is technically in play, but they have L.A., Edmonton and Colorado. They’ll go 2-1 losing to L.A. and finish with 55 points.

    That’s my prediction, and I’m sticking to it.

    • polegojim - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Hey Don – I agree – Detroit as 8th, 1-pt over Columbus… but what an interesting deal if they win out with 56, eh?

      • hockeydon10 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Yeah. I’m not sure if I’d rather the Wings face Chicago for one last divisional series, or face Anaheim. I think Chicago is the tougher matchup, but then I’d rather have all games start when I can watch them.

  10. fpstratton - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I think it’s pretty simple for Detroit: If they finish 7th, I give them a great chance to beat Anaheim, but if they finish eighth, I don’t see them beating Chicago. They may not even win a game.

    • polegojim - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I’ll still respect you when you’re wrong.

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