With 7 games left, the Wings trail the division leading Blackhawks by 8 points. Chicago has struggled of late, posing a 3-5-2 record in their last 9.
Should the Wings find a way to catch Chicago for the division, they would likely find themselves as a 2 seed in the Western Conference.
The Wings finished the month of March with 12 wins in 15 games, which included a 6-game winning streak. They went from fighting for a seed, to fighting for a higher seed. Said Nick Lidstrom, “”It’s almost like a playoff situation for us in March, where we had to win games. We couldn’t continue to play .500 hockey. It helps you to get going again once the playoffs start. If you’re in our situation, that can carry you to the playoffs, if you’re forced to play good hockey in the last 10-15 games.” (Det News)
Wings’ rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard collected his 33rd victory after the Wings defeated Edmonton on Tuesday. His name is being discussed for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the top rookie.