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Phil Hosso stopped 26 shots and the Red Wings led Nashville, 3-0

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Detroit – If the NHL season were to end today, the Red Wings would be in the playoffs.

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Now, the Wings have 63 games left, so the actual end of the season is a long way off. Nobody gets carried away (well, some are on social media).

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Dylan Larkin (71) of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal against the Nashville Predators in the second period.

But after Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Nashville, the Wings are in the playoff chase at American Thanksgiving, which in past NHL history, gives them roughly a 75 percent chance of making the playoffs (looking at years’ results) upon playoffs. Actually start.

Having missed the postseason for the past six seasons and usually being quite far at this juncture, this is all good news for Wings fans.

more:Chest Points: Red Wings 3, Predators 0

“(Former Wings general manager) Ken Holland was talking about it all the time,” said Captain Dylan Larkin, who had a goal on Wednesday. “It’s still early days. We’ve put ourselves in a great position. We’ve had some great wins in the squad and we’re there. I’d like to see that. I’m a big believer when you’re in the playoffs at Easter (at the start of the playoffs), it means something and that’s what matter.

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