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Red Wings defeat the Wild, move into second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot

Mar 22, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have suddenly won three games in a row, with the latest victory pushing them back into the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

With a 23rd consecutive playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2 on Saturday, to jump one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the Wild Card.

Gustav Nyquist – remember, he’s scoring more because he’s shooting the puck more – scored the winner on a quick wrist shot just over five minutes into the third period. It’s his 21st on the season and fifth in four games.

Darren Helm also returned to the Red Wings lineup, after missing eight games with a concussion. He had 12:06 in ice time, although there appears to be some question as to whether he’ll play Sunday, when the Red Wings and Wild wrap up this weekend home-and-home set.

  1. dtownbeatdown - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I am highly impressed with this team. Even with the odds against them they keep pushing. Not only is a good sign for right now, I am pumped for the future of this team. These kids are great to watch. If we make it to the playoffs and get some bodies back, who knows what is possible?

  2. 101starmymedic - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    “You damn kids!”

    Rocking and rolling this team right now. Love it.

  3. muckleflugga - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    nyquist

    16 goals in 22 games … best in the nhl since january 22

    perhaps dan bylsma can elaborate on the virtues of gustav nyquist’s mvp potential

  4. vstar1us - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Good win for the Wings, I think the Wild will play themselves out of a playoff spot!

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      its miss debby downer herself

  5. johnnycash19 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Remember when everyone said this team was to old and that the Red Wings run was going to end?

    I love watching this young guns. Make the playoffs or not, Goose, Tots, Sheahan, Jurco, Glendening and even Pulkinnen have been fun to watch.

    As someone mentioned, imagine if the Wings start getting healthy.

  6. guitarhunterdude - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    The only teams that generate less shot attempts per 60 minutes than the Wild are Edmonton, Calgary, and Buffalo. I know our roster isn’t as talented as that of the Hawks or Blues, and we play a defensive system, but that’s unacceptable. This roster is too talented to be consistently outpossessed as much as they have been. Every single player has seen a decline in production as soon as they come here I’ve been a Yeo supporter for most of his tenure here, but this third consecutive late-season collapse should put him out on his butt. Newsflash, Mike, your system is broken.

  7. polegojim - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Not enough talent??? Please!

    Wild have plenty who are not playing up to their skill level.

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