The Red Wings trail the Canucks by 11 points and have 2 games in hand. As it stands, the Canucks are projected to finish with 117 points. Even if they won all of their remaining games, the Red Wings would still fall short. But maybe they can make things a little interesting?
Next week, the Canucks will come into town hoping to extend their lead over the Red Wings and get that much closer to clinching the conference. To get there though, they have to beat a Coyotes team that has been hot lately and can potentially climb past the Kings for 3rd with a win or fall to 8th with a loss.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings play 2 games against sputtering division rivals on the road (where they have been better than at home) and 1 game against the Penguins (who have only 1 more point than the Red Wings in their last 10 games, which may say something) at home—where they just beat a red hot Capitals team. These are games the Red Wings should win and if they do, that will put the Red Wings right at 98 points, with the potential to climb to 100—3-5 behind the Canucks with 8 games left—with a win next Wednesday.
In summary, it's not particularly likely, but with a good streak by the Red Wings and a little bit of trouble by the Canucks, the Red Wings could win the conference. Not helping matters is the fact that the Canucks have won 5 straight on the road and play 6 of 10 on the road. Though, a loss in Detroit could start a mini-slump like it did the last time these teams met (8 January, after winning 8 straight, the Canucks went 2-2-4).