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Playoff Pulse: Wings-Blues a battle for positioning

Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 10:48 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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Playoff Pulse: Wings-Blues a battle for positioning
There are just two games on the NHL schedule Wednesday night, and one involves two teams in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

There are just two games on the NHL schedule Wednesday night, and one involves two teams in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

With four days remaining in the regular season, three playoff spots, two division titles, one conference title and the Presidents' Trophy all remain up for grabs.

The only matchup that holds any playoff significance is the one that features the Detroit Red Wings

2011-2012 Standings

Western Conference
GP
P
ROW
1
80
109
42
2
79
106
44
3
80
93
34
4
80
100
41
5
79
99
39
ROW = total number of regulation plus overtime wins. For tie-breaking purposes, wins obtained in a shootout are not counted. For full standings tiebreakers, click here.
04/04/12 10:51AM

traveling to Scottrade Center to battle the St. Louis Blues in a Central Division showdown. The fifth-seeded Red Wings (99 points) could leapfrog No. 4 Nashville (100 points) while creating more space between themselves and sixth-seeded Chicago (98 points). In the race for the Presidents' Trophy, the Blues could move within one point of the New York Rangers and Vancouver atop the League standings.

Here's a closer look at the marquee matchup on tonight's NHL schedule:

Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues -- The Red Wings are battling with the Predators and Blackhawks for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the opening round. The Wings snapped their two-game winless streak on Sunday with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Panthers. The Blues, meanwhile, have clinched their first division title since 1999-2000, but are now in pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference and the Presidents' Trophy. The Blues have already clinched the division, but have struggled recently with just three wins in their last nine games. They've given up eight goals in their last two games -- the most they've allowed in a two game span since yielding nine, Oct. 16-18.

Quote of the Day

Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com