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Red Wings confident as they make push for playoffs @NHLdotcom

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.

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