By winning four of their last five, they have all but locked up a spot.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby said early Thursday that the Detroit Red Wings would be desperate going into Thursday’s game.
Before the puck drops at the old-school Joe Louis Arena each night, as the national anthem plays, Mike Babcock gazes up toward the rafters.
“If I’m an owner and a general manager in this league, I am real skeptical of whether or not our guys should participate in this, quite honestly,” Renney said.
Detroit has been weak on the power play in January, converting on just 4 of 50 opportunities.
Mike Babcock has an unprecedented trio of hockey titles, coaching teams to Stanley Cup, Olympic and world championship victories.
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been ruled out for at least a week after injuring his left knee again.
A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey.