By Dave Hart
Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 1 – The Red Wings moved up to the eighth and final playoff spot after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard picked up the victory, stopping 27 of 28 shots.
The Red Wings are now 35-25-11 on the season, good for 81 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They are one point ahead of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot with 11 games remaining.
Record: 35-25-11 81 pts
4th Place in Atlantic Division (8 pts behind Florida)
8th Place in Eastern Conference (24 pts behind Washington)
1 point ahead of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 26 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 31 pts
Misery # towards elimination from a playoff berth: 24 pts
Misery # towards elimination from Atlantic Division title: 15 pts
Eliminated from Eastern Conference title contention
Next Game: 03/19/2016 @ Florida Panthers 7:00 p.m. @ BB&T Center
Stats: Goals- Luke Glendening (5), Darren Helm (11), Henrik Zetterberg (13) Assists- Justin Abdelkader (21), Andreas Athanasiou (6), Dylan Larkin (21), Riley Sheahan (9). Goaltender- Jimmy Howard W (9-10-5) 27 saves on 28 shots.