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The Wings still very much control their destiny as they trail Columbus by two points with a game in hand. They also own the tiebreaker in terms of the number of regulation or overtime victories. But those factors mean little if you don’t win, and losing to the Flames -- who are tied for 13th with Nashville for the second-lowest point total in the Western Conference -- is the kind of result that will loom large. The Red Wings have five games remaining, three at home, but unless they can find the back of the net, all of that will be moot, as will a postseason streak that dates back almost a generation.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on the fight for the 8th playoff spot in the West.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

No, shitting the bed against Columbus and Calgary will weigh ont he team.  Not just that game, ever-single-time they’ve played these two teams they’ve shit the bed.  Able to sneak a few OT wins against cbus, but they got 9 out of 10 points from Detroits season series this year.  90% of possible points playing Detroit, they got.  And we’re talking “oh, we can take Chicago”  same people who’d laugh if you said Cbus could take Chicago.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/13 at 11:18 AM ET

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And we’re talking “oh, we can take Chicago”

To be fair, those who are saying Detroig can take Chicago are looking at Detroit’s record against Chicago, not their record against Columbus.  Aside from the 7-1 drubbing Detroit was handed, the other three games against Chicago all took more than 60 minutes to resolve.

Do I believe that Detroit could take Chicago (or Anaheim or Vancouver) if Detroit actually gets in?  No, not really, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.  Detroit’s records against Clagary and Clumbus have little do with with their records against Chicago, Anaheim or Vancouver.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/13 at 12:00 PM ET

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Do I believe that Detroit could take Chicago (or Anaheim or Vancouver) if Detroit actually gets in?  No, not really, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.  Detroit’s records against Clagary and Clumbus have little do with with their records against Chicago, Anaheim or Vancouver.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/13 at 12:00 PM ET

Sad thing is you’re right. I agree I can’t say I believe they can beat Chicago but there is that chance. Seems like this team just doesn’t get up against the “lesser” teams, and it could be the thing that ends up ending this streak.

Posted by peiz11 from Minneapolis on 04/18/13 at 12:40 PM ET

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I don’t believe the Wings can win a playoff series against any of the teams they could feasibly match up with. That being said, who cares if they make the playoffs or not? I guess the revenue from 2 home games is neat, but it isn’t a Cup.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/18/13 at 01:18 PM ET

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The Wings have been on the receiving end of a number of early-round upsets when an underdog team exceeds everybody’s expectations (and the favorite disappoints).  Hopefully we’ll see them be on the giving end of a few of these over the next few years.

Posted by Savage Henry on 04/18/13 at 01:34 PM ET

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It was more a statement of the double standard people hold the Wings too.  Most people who think Detroit has a chance against Chicago don’t think the Jackets do, they think DRW are the superior team though the Jackets are really looking like the better team ESPECIALLLY since picking up 40 goal scorer Gaborik.

We finally hit the twilight zone this year and the Jackets make the playoffs and the Wings set early tee-times.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/13 at 02:47 PM ET

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It’s true, there is a double standard and I really do think that whether it’s Detroit or Columbus who end up in the playoffs, neither one has a very good chance of beating the Blackhawks.

Having said that I have a friend who is very fond of saying something along the lines of “Until you win, you’re just another loser”.  Yes, it’s very fun to talk sports with him, but the point I’m going for is this: the Wings have a 21 year playoff streak and in that time they’ve won four cups, made the finals twice more and made the conference finals twice more.  Columbus has made the playoffs once in eleven years and never won a game.  Of course the Red Wings are going to get the beneft of the doubt before Columbus is, and you’re fooling yourself if you think it’s just hopeful/deluded Red Wings fans who are doing that.  I would bet that most people, even many of the hatingest of Wings haters, would give Detroit more of a chance than Columbus to beat Chicago.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/13 at 03:31 PM ET

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Exactly my point, because they follow what other people say instead of putting in the game time. 

When you line the two teams up, Cbus is sitting pretty damn good compared to us and you can’t say draft picks or whatever because they’re absolute shit at developing players but recently they’ve managed to change that “losing” mindset you’ve mentioned they’ve had and now they have a different personality, a hungry personality, as a team.  They’re organized and on the same page.

The Wings are not.  That should be a gut check for everyone in that room.  Cbus is playing more astheticly pleasing hockey right now that Detroit and they’re both in the playoff race.  Only difference is Detroit has quite a few stars with a Stanley cup on their resume.

You also talk about everything the Wings have done?  All those players, that brought all that success are about gone.  Pav and Z are the only ones left.  Everyone else has a lot to prove, but don’t seem to think they do.  They need to realize who they are and I don’t think they do that without some good old fashioned losing.  When you get tired of it, you’ll start winning again.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/18/13 at 03:50 PM ET

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Exactly my point, because they follow what other people say instead of putting in the game time.

It’s not because they follow what other people say, it’s that they have history on their side.  Detroit has shown that they can pull out wins.  Every year there’s a few weeks or a month when the Wings get hammered with injuries, yet for 21 years they’ve been able to find a way to win.  This year the team is mediocre to begin with and also hasn’t been healthy since the first game of the season, yet with five games left it’s all but in their hands to decide if they make it or not.  Columbus doesn’t have that.  They haven’t proven anything.

Posted by Garth on 04/18/13 at 08:57 PM ET

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