Four games left for the Red Wings to try to make the playoffs for a 22nd consecutive season, and if they pick up their offense even slightly, beginning tonight with three consecutive home games, they just might make it.

If they cannot score a couple more goals, here and there, they might well head home at the end of a regular season for the first time since 1989-90.

Their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, was 9 years old then.

Steve Yzerman, their captain then, was 24.

The Wings clearly are in better shape than when they yielded the initiative with an ugly loss in Calgary on Wednesday.

Thanks to the point they earned in a shootout loss to the Canucks on Saturday and the Blues beating the Stars on Friday, the Wings control their own fate, once again.

If they win all four games, they make the playoffs. If not, they will need help from other teams.

The Wings are three points behind the Blue Jackets with two games in hand and tied with the Stars with a game in hand. On Sunday night, the Blue Jackets won and the Stars lost to the Kings in overtime.

The Wings play the Coyotes tonight, the Kings on Wednesday and the Predators on Thursday before going on the road against the Stars on Saturday.

The Wings are 1-1 against the Coyotes, Kings and Stars and 2-0-1 against the Predators.

An ingredient lacking through 44 games, which would make running the table far easier, is a more robust offense.