The Red Wings can’t lose. No really they can’t lose. That’s the only thing that can keep them from their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance. The longest such streak in the league. But now thanks to the Edmonton Oilers defeat of the Minnesota Wild the Red Wings now have a shot at the seventh seed. But they have to win to do it.
A tie or forcing overtime would earn them the point they need to clinch a spot in the playoffs but that would only be good enough for 8th place and a date with the juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. If the Red Wings would like to have a chance to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs they must avoid the Blackhawks in the first round.
The Red Wings are looking re-energized and poised to make a run at Lord Stanley’s Cup. On Thursday, they came from behind twice against Nashville Predators (14th place) with goals from their stars. Perennial playoff performer Johan Franzen tied it up at 1:01 in the second period and Patrick Eaves put the Wings up for good with his second goal of the season. That is all Jimmy Howard would need as he held the Predators scoreless in the third period to seal the win.
A few weeks ago this team was flatlined and now their playoff heart is pumping again with the adrenaline of a Stanley Cup Champion. The Red Wings have played themselves into playoff contention by winning the last three games with their season on the line. Maybe this playoff race was the just the thing the Wings needed to inspire them. And we all know what an inspired Red Wings team is capable of.
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