This time, the Red Wings did exactly what they were supposed to do. Taking advantage of a Nashville team Sunday that's been decimated by injuries and trades, the Red Wings defeated the Predators 3-0. Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader (empty net) scored Red Wings goals — each scoring their ninth goals. With the victory, the Rd Wings moved back past Dallas into the eighth and final playoff seed in the Western Conference. "This morning we weren't in the playoff picture, now we're in it, and Minny is right there with us," coach Mike Babcock said. "St. Louis is only a point ahead of us. There's a lot of us in that mud puddle trying to find a way to swim." The Red Wings have 47 points (20-15-7), while Dallas and Columbus both have 45 and Phoenix 43. The Red Wings actually have the same amount of points as Minnesota, but the Wild have played one less game and reside as the seventh seed. "We control our own destiny," said goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 22 saves for his third shutout. "It's upon us in the dressing room to get the job done. There would be a lot of people happy to see us miss the playoffs. We have to go out there and play with the same type of urgency (Wednesday) in Calgary." Franzen's third-period goal made it 2-0. His second goal in two games came after he intercepted a pass and skated through the hash marks, backhanding the puck past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. The unassisted goal came at 17:01. Zetterberg ended a 10-game goal drought by opening the scoring in the second period. "From my perspective, we've been playing pretty well of late and leaving the rink not as happy when you're losing in a shootout," Babcock said. "Howie was real good, we did some good things. We had some good penalty kills early and gave ourselves a chance. These were big points for us." Howard made 22 saves, including a third-period penalty shot by Nashville's Bobby Butler at 6:26. Butler bore in on goal but never got the shot off, leaving the Red Wings clinging to a one-goal lead.
Wings reclaim No. 8 playoff seed with shutout victory
Detroit News | Apr 15