By winning four of their last five, they have all but locked up a spot.
Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to give the surging Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Friday night.
When Pavel Datsyuk hits the ice Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, it will be his first game in the home arena of the Detroit Red Wings since Dec. 23, 2013.
David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Sunday to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Detroit Red Wings would have gotten drummed out of the playoff picture a long time earlier had not a youth movement led by 24-year-old Gustav Nyquist kept the team in contention.
It all makes Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg a little jealous.
The rivalry between the Red Wings and the Avalanche, who combined for five Stanley Cups in seven years, hit a boiling point March 26, 1997.
Council members will vote on a new lease for The Joe, which is slated to be replaced as venue for the Detroit Red Wings.
24-year-old Gustav Nyquist has been a huge factor in the team’s resurgence.