Skip to content

Playoff race: Red Wings reclaim eighth in the West

Apr 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

Wings Getty Images

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 MLive.com is reporting as an “undisclosed injury.”

“He’s been real good for us,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com. “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.”

 

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Flames’ Engelland could be suspended

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Calgary Flames Dallas Stars v Calgary Flames

    He received an instigator penalty late in Game 2.

  2. Rangers’ Klein (arm) nearing a return

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Klein Getty Images

    He’s been out since mid-March with an arm injury.

  3. Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for today

    Apr 18, 2015, 9:51 AM EDT

    Steven Stamkos AP

    Tampa Bay looks to avoid a sixth straight postseason loss.

  4. Preds torch Crawford, Hawks; even series at 1-1

    Apr 18, 2015, 12:31 AM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators - Game Two Getty Images

    Talk about taking the game out of the officials’ hands.

  5. Video: Controversial Kane goal has Laviolette fuming

    Apr 17, 2015, 11:21 PM EDT

    lavioletteap AP

    All the breaks seem to be going Chicago’s way.

  6. Video: Frantic end to period includes Josi goal, Preds-Blackhawks fight

    Apr 17, 2015, 10:52 PM EDT

    NHL Playoffs: Chicago at Nashville, Game 1 Getty Images

    Not a great start to the playoffs for Corey Crawford.

  7. Washed over: Caps control Isles, tie series 1-1

    Apr 17, 2015, 9:53 PM EDT

    John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson AP

    Quite a comeback win for Washington.

  8. Video: Nifty work from Nicklas Backstrom

    Apr 17, 2015, 9:25 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Washington Capitals Getty Images

    He blew the Islanders’ minds on this one.

  9. Stone’s in for Senators tonight

    Apr 17, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT

    P.K. Subban, AP

    He seemed tentative in warm-ups …

Featured video

Sens need to control emotions after Subban slash
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Pacioretty (4333)
  2. P. Kane (3729)
  3. R. Nash (3324)
  4. K. Letang (3252)
  5. M. Giordano (2508)
  1. M. Stone (2474)
  2. M. Fisher (2418)
  3. Z. Kassian (2398)
  4. J. Abdelkader (2344)
  5. M. Perreault (2266)