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So it's pretty simple today. Here are the playoff scenarios courtesy of Graham.
NSH win of any kind, DET win of any kind or loss in OT/SO: Nashville will host Detroit in the 4-5 matchup.
NSH loss in OT/SO, DET win of any kind or loss in OT/SO: Nashville will host Detroit in the 4-5 matchup.
NSH loss in regulation, DET loss in OT/SO: Nashville will host Detroit in the 4-5 matchup.
NSH loss in regulation, DET win of any kind: Detroit will host Nashville in the 4-5 matchup.
DET loss in regulation: Nashville will host Chicago in the 4-5 matchup, Detroit will play the Pacific Division champion
If the Wings do indeed lose in regulation, they'll play either the Coyotes, Sharks or Kings. The Pacific division won't be decided until the late games are completed tonight. It will be interesting to see which Red Wings team shows up today. Hell, it will be interesting to see which Blackhawks team shows up today. Does either team want to play the Predators? They're easily the toughest team out of all the potential opponents, but it would mean short travel. So it's tougher competition or head to the west coast possibly four times. Keep in mind that no team seeded 6th or worse has ever won the Stanley Cup.
The Wings don't control their destiny when it comes to home ice, but they do hold to fate of their travel schedule in their hands. The picture will clear up this afternoon and the dust will completely settle late tonight. The final game of the regular season is here and it's the last chance for any tune up before the real Quest for 12 begins.
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The Expected Lineup
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Jimmy Howard (starting)
|BLACKHAWKS||HOW THEY MATCH UP||RED WINGS|
|44-26-11 (99 pts; 6th in West)||Record||48-28-5 (101 pts; 5th in West)|
|2.95 (5th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.93 (7th in NHL)|
|2.83 (23rd)||Goals Against Per Game||2.44 (7th)|
|15.5% (24th)||Power Play %||16.2% (22nd)|
|77.9% (27th)||Penalty Kill %||81.3% (21st)|
|Patrick Sharp (33 goals)||Goal Leader||Johan Franzen (28 goals)|
|Marian Hossa (77 points)||Points Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (68 points)|
- The Red Wings are 363-264-84-9 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Every game between these two clubs this season has been a one goal game (either 3-2 or 2-1). Detroit is 2-3-0 against the Hawks this season and both wins have come in overtime.
- Valtteri Filppula leads the team in with four points (2G, 2A) against the Hawks this season. Todd Bertuzzi (3 G) and Pavel Datsyuk (G, 2A) each have three points.
- Corey Crawford is 6-2-2 with a 2.08 GAA and .938 SV% in his career against the Wings. He's one of those goalies that sucks against everyone else, but Detroit makes him look like a Vezina candidate. Jimmy Howard is 4-6-1 with a 2.97 GAA and .899 SV% all-time against the Hawks.
Prediction: Wings lose 3-2 in regulation, fall to the 6th seed and will play Phoenix in round one. You just know it's going to happen. It's Detroit's destiny to defeat the Coyotes in their final game. Just like they did to the original Jets before they moved to Glendale. Oh yeah, um, let's go with Henrik Zetterberg as your player of the game.
Let's Go Red Wings.