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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.


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

“L.A. is a great team,” Detroit forward Dan Cleary said, per “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


  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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