By Dave Hart
Blackhawks 5, Red Wings 2 – The Chicago Blackhawks cruised to a victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Former Blackhawk Brad Richards scored a power play goal for Detroit, while Gustav Nyquist added a tally.
The Red Wings are now 32-21-11 on the season, good for 75 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They are six points ahead of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot.
Detroit will travel to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Record: 32-21-11 75 pts
4th Place in Atlantic Division (5 pts behind Florida)
Tied for 6th Place in Eastern Conference (23 pts behind Washington)
6 pts ahead of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 35 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 44 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 62 pts
Misery # towards elimination from Atlantic Division title: 32 pts
Misery # towards elimination from Eastern Conference title: 14 pts
Next Game: 03/06/2016 @ Chicago Blackhawks 5:00 p.m. @ United Center
Stats: Goals- Brad Richards (8), Gustav Nyquist (16). Assists- Jonathan Ericsson (8), Mike Green (19), Riley Sheahan (8), Tomas Tatar (20). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek L (24-12-6) 28 saves on 33 shots.
Spurs 97, Pistons 81 – The San Antonio Spurs snapped the Pistons four-game winning streak with a victory on Wednesday night.
Detroit trailed 28-26 after the first quarter, were down 52-51 at halftime and were at a disadvantage of 79-65 after three quarters.
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard with 27 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris paced the Pistons with 16 points apiece, while Aron Baynes added 12 points off the bench.
The Pistons are now 31-30 on the season, good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They are a half-game ahead of Washington and Chicago for the last playoff spot.
Detroit will continue its road trip against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
4th Place in Central Division (12 games behind Cleveland)
8th Place in Eastern Conference (12 games behind Cleveland)
½ game ahead of Washington and Chicago for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 22
Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 35
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 35
Misery # towards elimination from Central Division title: 11
Misery # towards elimination from playoff contention: 23
Next Game: 03/05/2016 @ New York Knicks 7:00 p.m. @ Madison Square Garden
Stats: Marcus Morris 16 points, Tobias Harris 16 points, Aron Baynes 12 points, Andre Drummond 14 rebounds.