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Playoff race: Red Wings reclaim eighth in the West

Apr 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

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If the Stanley Cup playoffs were to start tomorrow, the Detroit Red Wings would be in. But just barely.

The Red Wings scored three unanswered goals to beat the L.A. Kings by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday night. The two points vaults the Red Wings back into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but only one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both teams have two games remaining in the regular season.

On the line for Red Wings is streak of consecutive post-season berths that spans three decades. They have not missed the playoffs since 1990.

The Blue Jackets franchise only has one playoff appearance in its history. That came in 2009.

However, the status of Red Wings forward Johan Franzen could be in question for Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. Franzen, who scored late in the third period to give Detroit a two-goal lead, didn’t finish the game with what is reporting as an “undisclosed injury.”

“He’s been real good for us,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told “He didn’t finish the game, but hopefully he’ll be fine for tomorrow.”

“Don’t know a whole bunch. They just took him off the bench, or made him sit on the bench. I couldn’t use him down the stretch. I’ll find out tomorrow.”


  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Another complete game!

    Regardless of the outcome in the hunt for playoffs or beyond should they succeed, this Wings team is going to give teams absolute fits as they continue to evolve!

    Tootoo, you are the man!

    • clefty1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Abdelkater has picked up his play though he is NOT a top line player his roll is to as Datsyuk says pull the piano, he is to get into the corners and provide some checking and if he gets the odd goal that is even better..

  2. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    High Bear says it all. That was the defending champs and the wings out worked them. Eaves and zetterberg played like madmen! Tootoo should replace Abdelkader on the top line.

    • themediaisdumberthandirt - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Let’s not get carried away here. Tootoo had a good game, but he needs to stay where he is. Abdelkader has played better with each and every game and has earned the honor of playing with Dats. Hopefully we get Big Bert back tonight and he can play with Dats and Abdelkader. Love that line.

      • polegojim - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Maybe so… and Abdelkader’s play of late is better, including his physical play, but he’s far from proving himself as a consistently strong producer.

        Abdelkader and Ericsson are two guys who could be top players, if they get that in their head.

        Lets GO RED WINGS!

  3. polegojim - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Inspired play and no guarantees for anyone, including Chicago.

    Bert back and maybe Helm, even if limited, bumps this team up with options that are much more difficult for anyone.

  4. geo91 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Bertuzzi should replace Cleary and Helm replace Emmerton once he’s healthy, then they’ll be solid. All other lines are working as is

  5. hockeydon10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Previously I was looking at the schedule and figured the Wings needed to go 3-1 to make the playoffs. It looked like the one loss was going to be L.A. So good to see them play such a good game. The trick now is to have no letdown against Nashville being the 2nd in a back-to-back, plus the Preds always play the Wings very hard.

  6. okphi1124 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Go Preds.

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