How the Red Wings can make the playoffs

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Mike Green gets tangled up with Frank Vatrano during the Red Wings' loss Thursday night.

There are two spots left to be claimed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and only three teams that can make it -- the Red Wings, Bruins and Flyers. The Wings (93 points) and Bruins (93) have one game left, the Flyers (92) have two.

The Wings' last game is Saturday in New York against the Rangers. Here's how the Wings can make the playoffs:

* If the Red Wings win in regulation or overtime, they’re in the playoffs as the third-place team in Atlantic Division and play Tampa Bay.

* If the Red Wings win in a shootout, Boston would have to lose Saturday.

* If the Red Wings and Boston both lose Saturday, the Red Wings clinch third place in Atlantic Division (the Red Wings have more regulation/overtime victories than Boston).

* If the Red Wings lose Saturday and Boston wins, the Red Wings can be the wild-card team if Philadelphia gets no more than one point in its two games this weekend.


Detroit (93 points, tied for third in Atlantic and tied for second in wild card): at NY Rangers Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Boston (93 points, tied for third in Atlantic and tied for second in wild card): Ottawa Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Philadelphia (92 points, third in wild card): Pittsburgh Saturday, 3 p.m.; at N.Y. Islanders Sunday, 7 p.m.

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