The Blue Jackets pulled even with the Red Wings with 80 points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
24-year-old Gustav Nyquist has been a huge factor in the team’s resurgence.
Gustav Nyquist’s third-period goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Wild, their fourth in the last five games.
Even the “Grand Rapids Red Wings” version of Detroit’s NHL team has the respect of Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby.
Almquist had scored 45 points for the Griffins, the second-highest total on the team and the third-highest in the league among defensemen.
Babcock and players say they have never seen an injury situation worse than what has beset the Red Wings.
NHL general managers may be nearing recommendations on rule changes but believe there is little need for significant action.
Amid smoke and flashing lights, a large red banner emerged from a big black box, and No. 5 ascended gracefully, regally, to the rafters.
Certainly, the situation spells trouble – or at least an uphill climb – for Detroit, but head coach Mike Babcock refuses to dwell on the injury issues.
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.