Detroit would be the eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference playoffs if the season ended now. Their standing is tenuous, with five teams all within a handful of points for the final spot.
Detroit came out of the Olympic break with a win at Colorado, then took a step back with a 6-3 loss Wednesday night at home against Vancouver. Coach Mike Babcock was discouraged by his team's effort.
For the second straight day the organization made a trade of minor league players picking up forward Riley Armstrong in exchange for defenseman Andy Delmore. Armstrong comes from the Calgary Flames minor league affiliate in Abbottsford where he had 19 points in 38 games, he has also played 2 career games in the NHL. Delmore had 20 points and 32 penlty minutes this season with the Griffins.