Red Wings to Face Predators in Round One After Shootout Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings will meet the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs following the team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Had the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks, they would have at least temporarily jumped into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. A loss would have left them in sixth place. Their single point locked them into fifth place, visiting fourth-placed Nashville to start the postseason.

Pavel Datsyuk scored with just 47 seconds in regulation to pull Detroit into a 2-2 tie with the Blackhawks and force overtime. With Wings' netminder Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, Henrik Zetterberg worked the puck to Tomas Holmstrom at the side of the Chicago crease. With the defense collapsing in on him, Holmstrom sent a pass across the net-mouth to a wide open Datsyuk, who knocked it home.

After a scoreless overtime, Patrick Kane would score the only goal of the shootout, beating Howard between the pads after a series of fakes. Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler and Todd Bertuzzi failed to score for the Red Wings while Patrick Sharp was stopped on Chicago's second chance.

Viktor Stalberg had opened the game's scoring with 9:46 left in the first period when he was left uncovered to pick up the rebound of a Sharp shot from the point and throw it back between Howard's pads.

Chicago made it 2-0 with 2:40 left in the second on a goal by Andrew Shaw just after the expiration of a power play. With Bertuzzi coming out of the box, the Red Wings left Shaw alone in the slot to take a feed from Sharp and snap it past Howard.

Johan Franzen started Detroit's rally at 8:11 of the third period, throwing a shot on goal from the right wing that somehow found its way between the pads of Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

Crawford finished the afternoon with 30 saves on 32 shots while Howard stopped 31 of 33 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the contest. The Red Wings had two power play attempts while the Blackhawks had six.

Detroit's first-round playoff schedule is expected to be announced on Sunday.


Notes: Detroit forward Riley Sheahan made his NHL debut wearing No. 15. He swapped into the lineup in favor of Jan Mursak... Danny Cleary was the other forward scratch for the Red Wings, with Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm still hurt... Jakub Kindl was the healthy scratch on defense.

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We've reached the final game of the season with all sorts of playoff seeding still on the line. The Red Wings and Blackhawks meet with Detroit having a chance to finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the Western Conference while Chicago could take fifth or sixth. Here's how it all breaks down...

If the Red Wings lose in regulation, earning no points in the standings, they'll be the sixth seed and play the third seed. The third seed has yet to be decided, with three Pacific Division teams still battling for it. More on that below.

If the Red Wings lose in overtime or the shootout, they finish fifth, with Chicago taking sixth and the Nashville Predators getting the fourth spot.

If the Red Wings win, they temporarily jump into fourth place and lock the Blackhawks into sixth place. Detroit's final seeding would then hinge upon the outcome of the Predators' matchup with the Colorado Avalanche tonight. If Nashville gets a single point out of that game, they'd pass back over the Wings into fourth, with Detroit dropped back to fifth.

Out in the Pacific, which only matters to Detroit if the Red Wings don't get a point today, the Phoenix Coyotes can clinch the division and a third consecutive first-round matchup with the Wings by winning in Minnesota. The Coyotes also get the third seed with a point and a San Jose Sharks win against the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings need a win over the Sharks combined a loss in by Phoenix, while the Sharks need a win over LA and a Phoenix loss in regulation.

The Detroit - Chicago game is at 1:00 PM on NBC. Phoenix at Minnesota starts at 8:00 PM. Nashville is at Colorado at 9:00 PM. Los Angeles at San Jose kicks off at 10:30 on NBCSN.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 10:52 AM

 

Lineup note per @AnsarKhanMLive


Riley Sheahan will make his NHL debut today for the Wings vs. Chicago, Ken Holland tells M-Live. Mursak is out, along with Cleary (knee).


Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 12:00 PM

 

Fantastic PK to start the game after a stupid mistake by Sheahan in his first shift.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 1:19 PM

 

Holmstrom already getting the usual treatment. Sheahan looking good around the net, trying to make up for earlier.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 1:22 PM

 

Not loving the rebound Howard gave up there but that felt like a bit of a broken play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 1:25 PM

 

I have no issues with Hossa in the box!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/7/2012 at 1:26 PM

 

Franzen continues to be infuriating, with a weak-ass chance from the side of the net. Wings PP coming up though on a stupid play by Seabrook.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 2:19 PM

 

In case you missed it over on Twitter, if the Wings pull off the comeback today, I'll raffle off a DH.N shirt to one of @detroithockey96's followers. Following the lead of the TPL guys.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 2:46 PM

 

Must be getting close to playoff time, Franzen is waking up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 3:04 PM

 

Wings finally get two men around the net and capitalize. 30 seconds from Nashville.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 3:24 PM

 

Alright, it's Wings and Preds in the first round. Home ice on the line now and the outcome means nothing (standings-wise) to Chicago.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 3:26 PM

 

Shootout to decide playoff seeding. Just what the NHL wants.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 3:35 PM

 

Fifth seed it is.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/7/2012 at 3:42 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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