Jonathan Ericsson added a goal and Jimmy Howard came up with 17 saves for his fifth shutout of season as the Red Wings closed out the regular season with a fourth straight win and claimed the seventh seed in the Western Conference.
Detroit needed a single point Saturday to ensure its 22nd consecutive post-season appearance. The Red Wings (24-16-8) go on to face second-seeded Anaheim.
Richard Bachman turned aside 34 shots for Dallas, which missed the playoffs with a 22-22-4 mark.
Former Titans kicker dies in car crash
UPI Sports Results for September 20, 2014