Blackhawks @ Red Wings - 4/7
Posted April 07, 2012 - 09:52 AM
If the Red Wings lose in regulation, earning no points in the standings, they'll be the sixth seed and play the third seed. The third seed has yet to be decided, with three Pacific Division teams still battling for it. More on that below.
If the Red Wings lose in overtime or the shootout, they finish fifth, with Chicago taking sixth and the Nashville Predators getting the fourth spot.
If the Red Wings win, they temporarily jump into fourth place and lock the Blackhawks into sixth place. Detroit's final seeding would then hinge upon the outcome of the Predators' matchup with the Colorado Avalanche tonight. If Nashville gets a single point out of that game, they'd pass back over the Wings into fourth, with Detroit dropped back to fifth.
Out in the Pacific, which only matters to Detroit if the Red Wings don't get a point today, the Phoenix Coyotes can clinch the division and a third consecutive first-round matchup with the Wings by winning in Minnesota. The Coyotes also get the third seed with a point and a San Jose Sharks win against the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings need a win over the Sharks combined a loss in by Phoenix, while the Sharks need a win over LA and a Phoenix loss in regulation.
The Detroit - Chicago game is at 1:00 PM on NBC. Phoenix at Minnesota starts at 8:00 PM. Nashville is at Colorado at 9:00 PM. Los Angeles at San Jose kicks off at 10:30 on NBCSN.
Posted April 07, 2012 - 03:08 PM
I feel like the Wings didn't play to their potential but I can't point to a lot of specific plays that back that up. It was a solid game by both teams and in the end Detroit just didn't do enough, or didn't get the bounces, or whatever you want to call it.
It was a much better effort than we saw Thursday against the Devils, though, so I'm comfortable going into the playoffs off of that game.
Speaking of the playoffs... We don't have to wait for any of the night games to know what the Wings will be doing now. They've locked up the fifth seed and will visit the fourth-seeded Nashville Predators to open the first round.
I agree that Nashville is a very good team but I disagree with those thinking it'd be better to have dropped to sixth to take the Pacific Division champion. You don't pick your poison at this time of year. Nashville is a known quantity and they're not far away. There are pluses to go with the negatives.
Supposedly the schedule will be released tomorrow.
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