This is probably way too much analysis of the standings for one day I know - but it's an off day, what else is there to do???
I know it's not likely given their overall record, but the Blues and Wings both have 6 games left. If somehow, the Blues can manage to lose 4 games in regulation (or 3 in regulation and 2 more in SOs) - then 1st place for the Wings is not out of the equation. Could the Blues actually manage to blow it?, could they manage to lose 4 out of their last 6? Well, it's not likely, but it is possible - especially given their opponents. The other side of the equation is the Wings. Can they manage to win 5 or 6 out of their last 6? Well, we know that can happen - it also isn't likely, given the Wings road record, but they're getting healthy again, the key game is next week against the Blues in St. Louis.
If the Blues get only 4 more points the rest of the way (with only 1 Regulation win) - and the Wings win 5 more, then both teams would then finish with 107 points - assuming no SO wins the rest of the way, the Wings would have 44 ROW (Regulation or Overtime Wins). The Blues would also have 44 ROW - so then we have to go to games against the other team - Wings would have 8 pts (4 wins) against the Blues, the Blues would only have 4 or 5 pts (2 wins) against the Wings - so the Wings win. Again, the key is a Wings win in St. Louis next week - the Wings have to win.
The schedules are comparable - both teams are playing Columbus once, and the rest of the games are against playoff contenders/playoff bound teams - said another way, teams in desperation mode - win or potentially stay home for the playoffs.
The Blues have:
Nashville, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Phoenix, Dallas
The Wings have:
Columbus, Nashville, Florida, St. Louis, New Jersey, Chicago