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Red Wings beat Predators 5-2, final Western Conference playoff spots still up for grabs

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The Red Wings continue to take care of business in these final stretch of games as they defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 Thursday night from the Joe Louis Arena.

Forward Johan Franzen also continues his surge scoring his seventh goal in the last seven games as the Wings moved into 7th in the Western Conference with 54 points, one ahead of Minnesota and Columbus with one game left to play.

Aside from Franzen the Wings got tallies from Pavel Datsyuk, Valterri Filppula (100th career), Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Eaves. Jimmy Howard made turned away 20 shots in the win as he too continues to come up big for the Wings down the stretch.

Detroit could’ve secured a spot in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year however Columbus was able to take care of the Dallas Stars 3-1 Thursday night keeping their postseason hopes alive.

Now it all comes down to the final game Saturday for the Wings.

A win or an overtime loss for Detroit on Saturday over the Stars will propel the Wings into the playoffs.

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