Apr 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Tomas Jurco (right) receives congratulations from left wing Tomas Tatar (21) after scoring in the third period against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings Playoff Hunt

With the Detroit Red Wings three to two victory against the Boston Bruins on April Second, it put the Wings in control of their own playoff destiny.

The victory put Detroit three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets, four points ahead of the Toronto maple Leafs, and five points ahead of the Washington Capitals.RWWCS

Columbus has a game in hand against Detroit, but since the Red Wings are three points ahead of Columbus it will not affect the standings. The Blue Jackets will most likely make their second playoff appearance since their inception in the NHL, but this time they will not have to face the Detroit Red Wings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are all but out of the playoffs. They were finally to stop their eight game losing streak, but would have to win out the rest of the season to have any shot of making the postseason. It does not help that all the teams around them in the standing have at least one game in hand against them.

The Washington Capitals are in the same boat as the Maple Leafs and will most likely have to win their last six games to have a shot at making the playoffs, but if Columbus or Detroit falter they could see themselves back in the playoff race.

New Jersey, Ottawa, and Carolina are in the hunt as well, but for one of them to make the playoffs something terrible would have to happen.

Let’s take a look at the games remaining for the main contenders for the Playoff Wild Card spots.





Vs Buffalo

At Philadelphia

Vs Boston

At New Jersey

At Canadiens

Vs Chicago

Vs Winnipeg

At Islanders

At Buffalo

Vs Islanders

At Tampa Bay

At St. Louis

At Pittsburgh

Vs Phoenix

At Florida

At Carolina

Vs Carolina

At Dallas

At Ottawa

Vs Chicago

At St. Louis

At Tampa Bay

Vs Tampa Bay

At Florida

Both Columbus and Toronto play tonight and the results could either help Detroit or make things more difficult for the Red Wings moving forward.

According to SportsClubStats, If the Red Wings are able to pick up seven more points in the next six games, then they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but even six points gives them a 99 percent chance.

Each team has more road games remaining than home games and none of the teams has a particularly easy schedule, which means the standings will most likely remain the same heading into the playoffs.

If the standings stay the same, then Columbus and Detroit would switch divisions and the Detroit would be battling to win the Metropolitan Division crown, despite being an Atlantic Division team and vise versa for Columbus.

There is still a chance that the Red Wings could force their way into the second or third spot in the Atlantic Division, but they would have to win out and receive help from Tampa Bay and Montreal since they are seven points ahead of the Wings at this time.

Let’s make it twenty-three!

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