They keep losing players, but they keep hanging around the playoff picture.

Who knows if the Red Wings will ultimately qualify for the postseason. It’ll likely be close either way.

But give them credit for sticking around and not going out easy — if they ultimately go out at all.

Behind two goals from Gustav Nyquist and some timely goaltending from Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, Tuesday.

“A good team effort, and huge win for us,” said Nyquist, who leads the Red Wings with 19 goals. “It was also important they didn’t get a point, so it was huge.”

The Red Wings (31-24-13) are a point behind Columbus in the chase for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

But of more immediate concern would be the loss of another key player.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson didn’t come out for the third period after breaking a finger late in the second period.

Ericsson will be out “10 days to two weeks,” general manager Ken Holland said, and is expected to undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize the finger.

“We get someone hurt every day and they never come back,” said Babcock, not exaggerating as the Red Wings have lost six players in six games. “He’s seeing a hand specialist. He has a broken finger. In the old days you just taped it up and kept playing. I don’t know what the rules are (now).”

Babcock liked what he saw from a lineup that included 11 players who were on the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.

“We did a lot of good things,” Babcock said. “Obviously we started on time and played real well in the first period. We turned the puck over way too many times in the second, then we were pretty good in the third.

“Lots of guys are getting opportunities. The more guys getting injured, there are more opportunities for young guys. There are lots of guys who aren’t playing who are good players but these guys did a job.”

Daniel Alfredsson made it 3-1 with his 15th goal at 17:27 of the third period, capping a 2-on-1 rush with David Legwand.