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by George Malik on 04/25/13 at 10:18 PM ET
FYI: The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night, so the Detroit Red Wings (23-16-and-8, 54 points, 21 regulation-or-OT wins) will have to at least earn one point in Saturday's road game against the Stars--because Columbus (23-17-and-7, 53 points, 18 ROWs) can max out at 55 points if they defeat Nashville at home.
In such a situation, Columbus would have 24 wins and a maximum of 19 regulation-or-OT wins, but even with an OT or shootout loss in Dallas, the Wings would have 21 ROWs, so they'd win the tiebreaker.
The Blue Jackets asked the Stars for a favor...
And the Wings may ask the Predators to do the same, but no matter what, if the Wings earn a point, they're in. The Wings could still theoretically surpass the Minnesota Wild to take 7th place, too, but the Wild (25-18-and-3, 53 points, 21 ROWs) have 2 games remaining, so that's unlikely.
Update: This much is good:
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