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by George Malik on 04/13/13 at 10:14 PM ET
Per the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott:
The Dallas Stars defeated San Jose 2-1, and I just watched the shootout--damned shootout--deliver a 3-2 win for Columbus over the Minnesota Wild, and the Blue Jackets are now tied with 9th-place Detroit, too.
All teams have 45 points. Both the Red Wings and Stars have played 41 games, and Columbus has played 42, so they're technically in 10th place due to the "game in hand" and the fewer Regulation-or-OT-Wins.
That "ROW" tiebreaker is huge now, and the Stars have 19 ROWs, Detroit has 17 ROWs and Columbus has 14 ROWs.
The Wings face a playoff-spoiler Predators team both on Sunday and the 25th, they face the doormat Flames on Wednesday the 17th, a revenge-minded Canucks team on Saturday the 19th, and they play a Monday-Wednesday-Thursday slate of home games against the Coyotes on the 21st, Los Angeles on the 24th, the aforementioned Predators on the 25th, and they end the season...With a road game in Dallas, against the Stars, on Saturday, April 27th.
Detroit needs to start stringing a slate of games together now, starting with Sunday night's road game in Nashville and continuing during their Western Candian road trip. There's no other choice here.
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