...a little help from our friends in a Hateful Lair in Post Apocalyptic United States (or Arizona), that is. After Bubba scored just 12 seconds into the first frame, Phoenix rallied back to win the game 5-2 and put Detroit in 5th place due to The Preds only having one more game left to play.
So by defeating a team that they want to play in the first round, they move them out of that position and put Detroit in their place. Doesn't seem very fair now does it? Phoenix could shoot itself in the foot even further by defeating the LA Kings tomorrow AND if St. Louis takes care of Nashville on Saturday, then Detroit would have only needed to earn one point in tomorrow's game to lock up 6th place or better.
It gets a little confusing.
But it's actually kind of fun from this perspective. Detroit is usually the one sitting atop the standings watching the hungry low seeds duke it out to see who will play them. For the first time in a long time, Detroit is going to be that hungry team clawing and scratching its way into the post-season.
Higher seeds, beware.
Chicago and San Jose are in an absolute dog fight for the top spot in the West. With Detroit now looking to finish no worse than 6th, that first and second seed is looking more and more desirable. Think about it, if Detroit was in seventh or eighth right now, how important would that #1 seed be? You don't get a banner for being number one in the standings at the end of the year, the Western Conference Championship will be decided in round three.
That road will run through Detroit at some point, my friends. It always does.