DETROIT — The Wings’ win Sunday over Nashville got them back into the postseason.
And Dallas’ loss to Chicago on Monday night kept them there.
“It’s upon us in the dressing room to get the job done,” Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. “I think a lot of people would be happy to see us miss the playoffs. We’ve got to go out there and play with the same sense of urgency when we get to Calgary.”
Detroit has 47 points and Dallas still has 45 points. Both teams have also played the same number of games.
However, the Stars they hold the tiebreaker (regulation and overtime wins, or ROW). Dallas has 19, while Detroit has 18.
“I just thought from my perspective, we’ve been playing pretty well here of late,” said Babcock, whose team is 2-1-2 over its last three games. “You don’t leave the rink as happy as you could be when you lose in a shootout, but actually the last time I didn’t like our game was in Phoenix (April 4).
“It’s good to get the two points (against Nashville),” Babcock continued. “I looked at the last nine games in three-game segments. I felt if we got four out of every six points we’d have a chance. (Sunday) morning we were out of the playoffs. We’re in it right now. (Minnesota) is right there with us, St. Louis is only a point up, so there’s lots of us in that mud puddle trying to find a way to swim.”
Columbus is now tied with Detroit in points with 47 points, but the Blue Jackets have three less ROW.
Detroit is just a point St. Louis, which has played one less game than the Wings, and two points behind Minnesota.
The Blues (20, ROW) and Wild (19, ROW) each hold the tiebreaker over Detroit.