DETROIT (AP) -Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom says he is confident Detroit will be in the playoffs next month.
Detroit would be the eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs if the season ended now. Their standing is tenuous, with five teams all within a handful of points for the final spot.
Detroit came out of the Olympic break with a win at Colorado, then took a step back with a 6-3 loss Wednesday night at home against Vancouver. Coach Mike Babcock was discouraged by his team's effort.