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by Paul on 04/21/13 at 11:20 PM ET
Here is how the Western Conference playoff race looks like after all the games on Sunday.
Detroit still controls their destiny, win their last four games, the next three at home against Phoenix, Los Angeles and Nashville and the last game in Dallas and they are in the playoffs.
If Detroit gets 7 out of 8 points and wins at least two game in regulation or in OT, they will also get in. At that point, if Columbus wins both of their remaining games in regulation or OT, they would be tied with Detroit in points but the Wings would have the tie-breaker in the ROW column.
After that, my brain goes number crazy, especially at 12:20am.
All I know, the playoffs just started in Detroit, 8 days early.
added 12:24am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
But, playing four high-intensity, pressure-filled games in six nights will be a tough task.
Monday's game is particularly challenging because the Red Wings for years have not fared well in their first game back from the West Coast, especially with just one day off in between.
They are 0-3-1 this year in the first game following a trip to the West Coast or Western Canada.
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