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Playoff picture: Red Wings, Jackets battling for final spot

Apr 24, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

The Dallas Stars needed a win last night in San Jose.

They didn’t get it.

As a result, their playoff chances are down to just 4.8%, according to Sports Club Stats.

After the Stars’ stumble, it’s Detroit and Columbus who are battling closest for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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The Red Wings host defending champion Los Angeles tonight (on NBCSN).

“L.A. is a great team,” Detroit forward Dan Cleary said, per ESPN.com. “They started the season with a bit of a lull, which happens. But they’re firing on all cylinders now.

“That team is rolling now. L.A. can’t win the division but they’re still jockeying for home ice. It’s a big game.”

Nashville’s at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow, then it’s a trip to Dallas Saturday for what may still be a big game.

As for the Jackets, they’ve only got two games left — in Dallas Thursday, home to Nashville Saturday.

  1. kopy - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Minnesota fans really hate Dustin Brown. He elbowed Pominville in the face, and now he won’t be around to help the Wild by helping the Kings beat Detroit.

    • 19to77 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Jackets fans aren’t happy either. Detroit needs to lose that game, because you really can’t count on them dropping to Nashville or Dallas.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      W

  2. tmoore4075 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I’m not sold on the Wings getting in yet. Just a pessimist. The next two nights are huge for them.

  3. malvaren18 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Let’s go Wings.

  4. letsgopens8771 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    As much as I would like to see the Jackets in the playoffs, it most likely will be the Wings.

  5. badgerbuck - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    If Detroit gets in as the eight seed they will beat Chicago,no question

  6. Jeff - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I don’t know badgerbuck, the Blackhawks look sharp this year.

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