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Reimer stopped 28 shots for the Maple Leafs.

Detroit is desperately trying to move up in the Eastern Conference standings to extend its postseason streak to 23 with a fraction of the team it expected to have this season.

Toronto is the first of two wild-card teams in the East, and the Red Wings wouldn’t make the playoffs is they started Wednesday.

“A huge win for us,” Nyquist said. “Also very important they didn’t get a point too and we got two.”

The Red Wings lost forward Justin Abdelkader to a leg laceration in Sunday’s loss at Chicago, leading to the team calling up 22-year-old Landon Ferraro, son of former NHL player Ray Ferraro.

“I was a little nervous at the beginning,” Landon Ferraro acknowledged.

Ferraro said it was “awesome” to have both his parents watch him play his first game for the Red Wings.

“It was real nice for both of them to be able to get in and be here for this,” he said before chatting with his father in the dressing room after the game.

Abdelkader’s injury also put 25-year-old defenseman Brendan Smith at forward for the first time since he was a teenager against Toronto.

The banged-up team, which had won just two of their previous seven games, took another hit against the Maple Leafs. The Red Wings started the game with numerous forwards, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, due to injuries and lost defenseman Jonathan Ericsson because of a broken finger.

“We get somebody hurt every day and they never come back,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “I guess he’s out for a bit. I don’t really know. A hand specialist is looking at him.”

NOTES: The Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in their previous meeting, a 3-2 shootout on New Year’s Day in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium, after losing the first matchup this season 5-4 in a shootout at home. … Abdelkader is expected to be out for two weeks. … Toronto, which closed its road trip 2-3, hosts Tampa Bay on Wednesday. … Detroit’s next game is Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.