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Wings can’t afford regulation loss to Jackets

Mar 11, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

Derek MacKenzie, Brendan Smith AP

OK, so an outright loss tonight in Columbus wouldn’t totally kill the Red Wings’ chances of making the playoffs for the 23rd straight time, but it would definitely hurt them. Badly.

Consider: if Columbus wins tonight in regulation, the Blue Jackets would move two points up on Detroit for the final wild-card spot in the East, with both teams having 17 games remaining. However, that lead would essentially be three points, because the Jackets would hold a 30-25 lead in regulation/overtime wins, the tiebreaker.

“Biggest game, really, if you think about it right now after losing that one to the Rangers,” defenseman Brendan Smith said, per “We need to take this one, especially if there’s a four-point swing.”

Indeed, if the Wings win in regulation, it puts Columbus in a tough position, though the Jackets would still hold what could very well be the all-important tie-breaker.


PS — No, we’re not convinced Tampa Bay is a lock for the other wild-card spot. Not the way the Lightning have been playing lately, that’s for sure.

  1. slaugin - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I have nothing but a gut feeling on this one but I think The Devils end up sneaking in

    • porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      This team is killed with injures, its amazing that their in the position that their in now. The “Kids” are playing well, We just need consistent goal-tending and Defense

    • withseidelinn - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      They’re playing well lately, that’s for sure. I think CBJ, WSH and NJ have the best chance.

  2. slaugin - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    WOW! Roughly 25% of both Washington and Toronto’s wins have come on shootouts this year? That would worry me if I was a fan of either team

    • dueman - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM


  3. fusionix7 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Even with all the injuries they should have won about 5-8 more games. It could be a product of the team being so young, but the amount of times they just quit playing –especially in the third period– is concerning. Never mind that last game against the Rangers where they didn’t even bother to show up.

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