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Friday, April 11th (All times Eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (34-35-11) at Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up a playoff spot for the 23rd straight season their last time out, and the club will try to improve its postseason seed when it hosts the Carolina Hurricanes in Friday's matchup at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings needed only a point from Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh to keep their amazing postseason streak alive and they did just enough to earn another playoff trip, falling 4-3 to the Penguins in a shootout.

Riley Sheahan provided a big late goal for Detroit, tying the game at 3-3 with 1:15 left in the third period. Jussi Jokinen scored the winning goal in the shootout, but the Red Wings already had achieved what they set out to do.

The Red Wings made the postseason despite battling tremendous injury problems for most of the season. Among those missing huge chunks of the season were captain Henrik Zetterberg and fellow star forward Pavel Datsyuk.

"I don't think our group has been stressed out or anything like that," head coach Mike Babcock said of the successful playoff push. "I think our group has played hard and had fun doing it. We've gotten better. We need to continue to play well."

Tomas Jurco and Jakub Kindl also scored for the Red Wings on Tuesday, while Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves in the fortunate setback.

Detroit is playing its final home test of the regular season on Friday and is 18-12-10 at the Joe. The club will cap its schedule Sunday in St. Louis.

The Red Wings cannot finish higher than the first wild card spot in the East and are currently tied with Columbus for that position. The Blue Jackets play Friday in Tampa and, like Detroit, have two games left in the regular season and are still battling Philadelphia for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia also has 91 points and two games left in its schedule and the Flyers currently have one more non-shootout win than Columbus.

Detroit is 2-0 against the Hurricanes this season and has won three straight and six of the last seven meetings in this series. Carolina hasn't won in Detroit since Nov. 14, 1989, when the franchise was still known as the Hartford Whalers. The club is 0-15-1 with a tie in 17 road meetings with the Red Wings since that 3-0 win in Motown nearly a quarter century ago.

04/11 10:39:48 ET

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Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 0
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st Intermission
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14