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Red Wings closer to playoff spot

DETROIT — Jimmy Howard made 30 saves and the Red Wings took a step toward a 25th consecutive playoff appearance with a 3-0 win over the Flyers on Wednesday.

Detroit, which pulled within two points of the Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division, would clinch a postseason spot with a win against the Bruins tonight. The Red Wings lead Boston in the race for third in the Atlantic. The Flyers remained tied in points with the idle Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Game highlights: Patrick Maroon scored twice as the host Oilers won at Rexall Place for the final time, 6-2 over the Canucks. The Oilers, who move into a new downtown arena in the fall, have played in the building since 1974, when they were in the World Hockey Association. The building was home to the Wayne Gretzky-led dynasty of the 1980s.

at Red Wings 1 1 1 3
Flyers 0 0 0 0

First1, Det, Helm 13, 7:57. PenaltiesVoracek, Phi (tripping), 11:30; Jurco, Det (tripping), 16:32; Giroux, Phi (roughing), 19:34; Abdelkader, Det (roughing), 19:34.

Second2, Det, Athanasiou 8, 3:15 (sh). PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (interference), 2:06; Gudas, Phi (slashing), 7:28; Datsyuk, Det (tripping), 12:13; Raffl, Phi (slashing), 17:54.

Third3, Det, Quincey 4 (Howard), 18:17 (en). PenaltiesDeKeyser, Det (high-sticking), 8:06; Simmonds, Phi (roughing), 10:45; DeKeyser, Det (roughing), 10:45; Simmonds, Phi (elbowing), 14:45; Raffl, Phi (roughing), 14:45; Abdelkader, Det (holding), 14:45. Shots on GoalPhi 6-12-12—30. Det 9-10-7—26. Power-play opportunitiesPhi 0 of 4; Det 0 of 4. GoaliesPhi, Mason 22-19-9 (25 shots-23 saves). Det, Howard 14-12-5 (30-30).

at Oilers 0 3 3 6
Canucks 0 0 2 2

FirstNone. PenaltiesMcDavid, Edm (hooking), 7:52; Granlund, Van (slashing), 10:05; Fayne, Edm (tripping), 14:27; Dorsett, Van (roughing), 17:00; Kassian, Edm (roughing), 17:00; Tanev, Van (hooking), 18:04.

Second1, Edm, Yakupov 8 (Fayne), 8:27. 2, Edm, Maroon 10, 13:16. 3, Edm, McDavid 16 (Eberle, Hall), 17:26 (pp). PenaltiesYakupov, Edm (tripping), 10:50; Tryamkin, Van (holding), 16:21.

Third4, Van, Bartkowski 6 (Biega, McCann), 5:21. 5, Edm, Maroon 11 (Eberle, McDavid), 9:08. 6, Edm, Hall 26 (Pardy, Pakarinen), 9:26. 7, Van, Horvat 15 (Etem, Dorsett), 12:09. 8, Edm, Draisaitl 19 (Hall, McDavid), 18:03 (pp). PenaltiesHendricks, Edm (holding), 3:02; Hamhuis, Van (slashing), 16:51; McCann, Van (roughing), 19:49; Pardy, Edm (roughing), 19:49. Shots on GoalVan 8-5-14—27. Edm 7-12-19—38. Power-play opportunitiesVan 0 of 4; Edm 2 of 4. GoaliesVan, Markstrom 12-14-4 (38 shots-32 saves). Edm, Talbot 21-27-4 (27-25).

Blue Jackets 0 2 3 5
at Maple Leafs 0 1 0 1

FirstNone. PenaltiesMurray, Clm (holding), 10:10.

Second1, Tor, Rielly 9 (Gauthier, Laich), 1:43 (sh). 2, Clm, Saad 29 (Bjorkstrand), 11:13. 3, Clm, Dubinsky 16 (Atkinson, Calvert), 17:31. PenaltiesParenteau, Tor (delay of game), :44; Jenner, Clm (tripping), 13:46.

Third4, Clm, Bjorkstrand 4 (Saad, Wennberg), 8:43. 5, Clm, Calvert 9 (Atkinson), 9:39. 6, Clm, Dubinsky 17 (Calvert, Murray), 12:50. PenaltiesS.Carrick, Tor (tripping), 5:13. Shots on GoalClm 6-12-14—32. Tor 9-8-10—27. Power-play opportunitiesClm 0 of 2; Tor 0 of 2. GoaliesClm, Bobrovsky 14-19-1 (27 shots-26 saves). Tor, Sparks 6-8-1 (32-27).

Playoff glance

The top three teams in each division get playoff berths. The two teams in each conference with the next-highest point totals get wild-card berths regardless of their division. Wild-card standings with points, games left (GL; fewer games played is the first tiebreaker) and regulation/overtime wins (ROW, the second tiebreaker)

East Pts GL ROW

x-Islanders 97 3 39

Flyers 91 336

Bruins 91 2 37

West Pts GL ROW

x-Predators94236

x-Wild87 135

x—clinched playoff spot

Red Wings closer to playoff spot 04/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 11:30pm]
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