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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Detroit is up a point on Columbus and has the tie-breaker in its favour, meaning the Blue Jackets need Detroit to lose in regulation in their final game against the Dallas Stars, which would allow Columbus to slip past them in the standings with a victory. Seems improbable, except for the fact that two years ago, a similar sort of scenario unfolded, Chicago getting the final playoff spot, because the team chasing them – Dallas – unexpectedly lost on the final Sunday to a Minnesota team that had already been eliminated from the playoffs. Given a second chance, the eighth-seeded Blackhawks pushed No. 1 Vancouver to seven games and only lost in overtime of the deciding game. What is it they say? Stranger things have happened.

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John W.'s avatar

Seems improbable, except for the fact that two years ago, a similar sort of scenario unfolded, Chicago getting the final playoff spot, because the team chasing them – Dallas – unexpectedly lost on the final Sunday to a Minnesota team that had already been eliminated from the playoffs.

That is a horrible example to use for the point trying to be made here.  Why?  Because in that example Chicago had a chance to clinch, and lost before the Dallas/Minnesota game was played.  Dallas then played and lost to blow their chance and allowed Chicago to back in.  This scenario would correlate to the Wings losing to Dallas, and then Columbus losing as well, blowing their chance and allowing Detroit to back in.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/26/13 at 03:14 PM ET

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Posted by John W.

Yeah very true, and your analogy is spot on. I guess the article is just trying to say strange things happen. Two years ago, the Hawks just needed a point to secure a spot in the playoffs. They lost to the Wings 4-3 on the last day of the season.  Then Dallas (the team chasing them) lost to the Minnesota Wild 5-3.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 04/26/13 at 03:24 PM ET

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Wait you mean comparing completely different types of teams in moderately different situations isn’t the same thing?
Once more duhatschek unloads a pile of streaming dog doo on people and expects them to eat it up.

Posted by teldar on 04/26/13 at 03:28 PM ET

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Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 04/26/13 at 04:24 PM ET

What would be strange would be Minnesota losing both their last 2 games and Detroit AND Columbus getting in.

I just don’t see how Detroit losing a game to a team that was just eliminated in game 47 and Columbus winning against a team that’s been eliminated for a while now, qualifies as a strange thing to happen.  Seems like this article is trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/26/13 at 03:33 PM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

What it comes down to is that, as someone far wiser than me said recently, NOBODY OUTSIDE OF DETROIT OR ITS FANS WANTS THE STREAK TO CONTINUE.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 04/26/13 at 05:10 PM ET

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What would be strange would be Minnesota losing both their last 2 games and Detroit AND Columbus getting in

Minnesota is doing their best to help Columbus.  Giving up 4 goals on 7 shots is not a playoff clinching performance.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 04/26/13 at 08:16 PM ET

SandysWingingit's avatar

OMG… anyone watching the Oilers/Wild game? Khabibulan is playing out of his mind! Too bad Backstrom/Harding aren’t. LOL!

Posted by SandysWingingit on 04/26/13 at 08:21 PM ET

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