By then? The Wings will be coasting and the Blues will be fighting the Hawks for home ice. April 4th is going to be decided by whether or not Detroit feels like letting the Blues have a home playoff series. -- J.J. From Kansas
I'm no scientist, but it seems damn near impossible for one statement—just 40 words long—to be oh so very wrong.
The only way this statement is even remotely close to being true is if you flop the Blues references for Detroit. Then it's close.
You see, tonight's game (which starts at 6:30 p.m. local time) means next to nothing to the Blues and everything to Detroit. The Blues, three points back of Vancouver, are almost locked into the No. 2 seed. Sure they could catch the Canucks, but at worst, the Blues finish second. The Wings? Oh they need a win.
Detroit is one point (with a game in hand) behind Nashville for the fourth-spot in the West. The Wings desperately need the points. At Joe Louis, the Wings are pretty good in front of the empty seats with a 31-6-2 record. On the road, and in front of actual screaming fans, Detroit is a meager 16-21-3. Must be a team of agoraphobics.
Want to know how little this game means to the Blues? Ask Ken HItchcock. While the Blues coach would love to clinch the one seed, he'd rather get the team ready for the playoffs. Tonight he's throwing shit against the wall and trying another line combination. It might be a playoff lineup, but then again it might not. Hitch is concerned with seeing how things fit right now, losses be dammed.
The simple fact is this isn't a game worth getting worked up over. This game means a lot more to the Wings than it does to the Blues.
This is your Game Day Threat. Comment like the Blues are Central Division champs. Because they are. Suck it, Detroit.