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When the Red Wings and Blue Jackets flipped conferences this past offseason, the one familiar aspect of it might have been that the division rivals were making the jump together. Detroit and Columbus are no longer in the same division, but their final game against each other this season should have a postseason atmosphere. The familiar foes face off for two points that will prove pivotal if either team is going to grab one of the Eastern Conference's two wild-card spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"These are huge games and this is what it's going to come down to and who is going to make the playoffs, who is going to be the best team out there," forward Gustav Nyquist said. "I think we're playing all the teams that are around us in the standings. That’s pretty much going to decide whose gonna be in."
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