NHL: Detroit Red Wings clinch 22nd straight playoff berth

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They are headed to the playoffs for the 22nd straight season after Henrik Zetterberg had two goals and an assist in a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Jimmy Howard made 17 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season as Detroit secured the seventh spot in the Western Conference . It’s the lowest playoff seed for the Red Wings since the NHL moved to the 1 vs. 8 conference format in 1993. Jonathan Ericsson also scored and Pavel Datsyuk had three assists for the Red Wings, who own the longest active playoff streak in major professional sports, six years longer than the San Antonio Spurs’ stretch of post-season play in the NBA. “To be able to be back in the playoffs is a great feeling,” Howard said. “The streak means a lot to all of us, it just says how high the bar was set before us. It’s good for us to go out there and have high expectations.” After losing several veterans who contributed to their four Stanley Cups and six finals appearances during the course of the streak, including future Hall of Fame defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, the Red Wings had some uncharacteristic struggles early in the season, but managed to bounce back and finish strong. “Obviously, I’m proud of the guys,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought as an organization, we did a real good job of rebuilding our D here on the fly.” Detroit closed out the regular season with four consecutive wins by a combined score of 15-3. It will face second-seeded Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs. “We’re happy the way we’re playing right now but still, we haven’t really done anything,” said Zetterberg, who has two goals and eight assists over the last four games. source: http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2013/04/27/nhl_detroit_red_wings_clinch_22nd_straight_playoff_berth.html

2013 NHL Playoffs: The Detroit Red Wings’ 5 Most Important Players

Of course, there are more than five players the Wings will need to count on, but these five must play their best hockey in the playoffs, or the Wings may as well pack it in and get ready for the golf course. There are not many who have faith in Detroit; in fact, Bovada gives them the longest odds to win the Stanley Cup in all of the Western Conference. This means they gave the Minnesota Wild better odds to win it all and they play the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. For a complete breakdown of every NHL team’s odds to win the Stanley Cup, click here . Detroit is not used to being in this position, but they did end the season on a four game winning streak. The Wings lost the first game of their series against the Anaheim Ducks , but if they get the play they need from these five players, they have what it takes to advance. I will tell you up front, Pavel Datsyuk is not on this list. Of course, Datsyuk is one of the most important players on their roster, but we know he will show up. He leads the team in goals (15), assists (34), points (49) and plus/minus ratio (21). We are just going to take it for granted that he will be as electric as he always is. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/02/2013-nhl-playoffs-the-detroit-red-wings-5-most-important-players/

Detroit Red Wings extend playoff streak to 22 years in shutout victory over Stars

  Via The Detroit Sports Site  |  4 days ago As the Detroit Red Wings try to qualify for their 22nd consecutive postseason, we’re taking a daily look at the key games that could impact that pursuit. So, it all comes down to this. The Red Wings’ playoff streak, which currently stretches more than two decades, can be extended if the Wings simply get to overtime on Saturday night in Dallas. A win, and the Red Wings can get… Via Detroit Sports Nation  |  4 days ago     In the most momentous game of the season, and Jimmy Howard’s 16th career shutout, the Red Wings lock up 7th seed in the West to face Anaheim in round 1, blanking the Dallas Stars 3-0. In the final do-or-die stanza of the regular season, both sides made this game a complete defensive battle. […] Via HockeyBuzz  |  3 days ago With the pending announcement that the Stars have hired Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill to take over their head GM job from Joe Niewendyk, I decided yesterday to solicit input from longtime Detroit Red Wings scout Mark Howe about Nill. Unfortunately, I was tied up at the Philadelphia Flyers’ cleanout day media availability session with general manager Paul Holmgren… Via Detroit4lyfe  |  3 days ago The Detroit Red Wings will begin their 22nd consecutive playoff appearance on Tuesday night (10:30 p.m. ET vs. source: http://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articles/detroit_red_wings_extend_playoff_streak_to_22_years_in_shutout_victory_over_stars/13504925

Wings in playoffs with win over Stars

”Even though the game didn’t matter for us, I don’t think we gave up and that’s one thing we can be proud of the last month. We gave it everything we had and came up short.” The Stars head into the offseason with the futures of general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan in question. Nieuwendyk, whose teams have been in playoff contention into the final week in three of his four seasons as GM, is entering the final year of his contract, and the Stars have a team option on Gulutzan’s deal. ”That’s not under my control right now,” Gulutzan said, regarding his job security. ”I’m going to continue to work. I’m going to continue to do what I do until I’m told otherwise. That’s all you can do. Stars at a glance   Looking for the latest on the Stars? Get the inside slant, stats, scores, schedules and more scoops right here .   ”All I can say is that Joe’s been tremendous for me. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/detroit-red-wings-in-playoffs-22nd-straight-year-beat-dallas-stars-henrik-zetterberg-jimmy-howard-pavel-datsyuk-042713

 

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