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The Detroit Red Wings Catch A Huge Break Tonight

With both Columbus and Toronto losing tonight in regulation, the Wings lost no ground in the playoff race.

Columbus remains the first wild card team in the Eastern Conference while Detroit is in the second wild card spot.

Columbus and Detroit have played the same number of games and now have two games in-hand on Toronto.

You can check out this screenshot, just add one more game played for Columubs and Toronto and a regulation loss for each team.

Washington did not play tonight.

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bigdee89's avatar

Hopefully we play 100% full out do or die on Saturday.  A big big must win.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 03/28/14 at 09:50 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

just win, boyz


Just.

Win.


L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/14 at 10:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Whatever it takes to make the Playoffs.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/28/14 at 10:12 PM ET

perfection's avatar

this is great and in the case of Toronto, it’s actually even better than the simple failure to gain two points. They are falling a part when it matters most. This is just another game on the pile and they are simply too scared to win it seems. As much as we’re decimated by injury and on what I’ll call a 2 and a half game losing streak, I’d still rather be Detroit than Toronto right now. To be in the playoffs all year in that kind of hockey market and fall apart this dramatically at this point in the season = BIG TROUBLE IN TORONTO. There’s talk all around the league about Babcock potentially winning the Jack Adams award while those same media voices now want Carlyle’s head on a stake. 

I can’t wait for this game tomorrow. Coming off a loss like tonight’s, playing back to back on this kind of losing streak… tomorrow could really end up being the final nail in their coffin if the Wings pull it off.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/28/14 at 10:42 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Agreed perfection, hard to believe the Leafs have lost 7 in a row, all in regulation.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/28/14 at 10:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

With both Columbus and Toronto losing tonight in regulation, the Wings lost no ground in the playoff race.

Some unbelievably good luck smiling on the Wings, Boss.  Gotta grab ‘em two points in every game down the stretch while we can.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/29/14 at 01:12 AM ET

perfection's avatar

It is pretty unbelievable. We have nothing to lose. Toronto has EVERYTHING to lose. We have the definite advantage. But a loss changes everything. Not only is a regulation win for either team a four point shift, but losing to the Leafs allows them to right their ship against the team they need to beat most. Losing this game on the other hand would feel like the ultimate defeat to them for the same reason.  Biggest game of the year by far.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/29/14 at 02:40 AM ET

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There is nothing worse, on the other hand, than playing a team that has lost 7 in a row and are in a desperate fight for their playoff lives. They should be able to match the Wings’ own sense of desperation and, if our guys come out like they did against the Habs, we will give the Leafs a new lease on life.

Hoping it doesn’t play out like that, of course.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/29/14 at 07:49 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Dear Wings,

Please take advantage of this good fortune the hockey gods are bestowing on you right now.

JUST WIN.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/29/14 at 09:02 AM ET

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i would expect the leafs to try and intimidate the wings, and play with a very nasty edge…the refs will be huge in this one….how close to the line will they let them play ??...or will it be anything goes for toronto, and ticky-tack on the wings….i’m sure we’ll all grouse about the perceived inequity…..

...sure would be sweet to avenge the winter classic, and toss a bit more gas on the housefire that is leafs hockey….would very much like to see lupul get kronwalled…

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 03/29/14 at 09:42 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

HUGE day in the East Saturday:

Boston at Washington (GO Bruins!)
Tampa Bay at Buffalo (GO Sabres!)
Montreal at Florida (GO Panthers!)
New Jersey at NY Islanders (GO NYI!)
Columbus at Carolina (GO Hurricane!)
and, of course

Detroit at Toronto (Let’s Go Red Wings!!!)

Our.Two.Points.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 11:47 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

BOS scores, 1-0, at 17:12 to go in the 2nd.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 01:38 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

HUGE day in the East Saturday:

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/29/14 at 11:47 AM ET

Yes indeed.  Just turned on listening to the Caps game, BOS just scored to take a 1-0 lead.  that’s awesome.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/29/14 at 01:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

i would expect the leafs to try and intimidate the wings, and play with a very nasty edge…

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 03/29/14 at 09:42 AM ET

It’s a Crylyle-coached team.  I expect nothing less.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/29/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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