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Red Wings move closer to playoff spot by topping Predators

Apr 25, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings put themselves in a prime position to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Thursday.

It’s not a sure thing yet, however. The Red Wings’ spot would be guaranteed tonight if the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets (even in a shootout).

Detroit might want to keep the Stars from finding out what this win did to their chances, then. The Stars cannot leap over Detroit (54 points) or the Minnesota Wild (53 points), so they’ve been mathematically eliminated.

Teams that suddenly have “nothing but pride” to play for have been doing pretty well in the last couple days. Most prominently, the Phoenix Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Wednesday even though their postseason hopes officially faded.

Either way, the Red Wings (cliche alert) control their destiny. Even if the Blue Jackets win out, Detroit only needs one point against the Dallas Stars on Saturday to guarantee a spot.

In other words, the Red Wings’ can’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet, but this was clearly a significant win.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Great photo.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Agreed, Getty really nailed it there.

  2. polegojim - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Great Wings win and total team effort.

    They recovered well from a bit of shaky defense in the 1st.

    Doing what they MUST do… One point away.

    Go RED WINGS!

  3. tmoore4075 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Well now I’m worried about tomorrow. It would stink to go three in a row and then lose to the Stars. OT baby that’s all you need. Let’s get it.

  4. fpstratton - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Three outstanding games by the Red Wings, and just at the right time. I give them a great chance to upend Anaheim if they get the 7 seed. They don’t seem to match up too well against the Blackhawks, but who does?

    • tmoore4075 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Other than the one blowout, they’ve played the Hawks tough. Lost two of the games in a shootout and another in OT. Thankfully no shootouts in the playoffs. I wouldn’t be expecting them to beat them but a few lucky bounces and you never know.

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