Hopefully it's the team that dominates the hell out of it's opponents at Joe Louis Arena because the Wings are riding a 17-game home win streak and I'd like to see that continue.
That's not a typo either
Seventeen straight wins at home. Seventeen freakin' wins-in-a-row at home.
Think about that for a moment.
The Red Wings haven't lost at Joe Louis Arena since dropping a 4-1 contest to the Flames on November 3, 2011. It's been THREE MONTHS since they lost at home! That loss to Calgary was the final game of a three game home skid by the Wings. Before losing on November 3, they dropped the two previous home games 2-1 in OT to the Wild and 4-2 to the Sharks.
Since then it's been all wins, baby.
It's been a run of historic proportions. The Wings have already broken their previous home win streak of 14 games. The old record was set during the 1964-65 season by the likes of Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Norm Ullman and Ted Lindsay. This season the streak has been led by the usual names of Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom and guys who have taken the next step this season like Jimmy Howard and Valtteri Filppula.
However, it can all slip away rather quickly. The Oilers are a team that's been playing well as of late and just beat the Wings in a shootout last weekend. They could very well come in and do the same tonight. Without Jimmy Howard in net, even with Joey MacDonald playing well, the Wings could struggle. They've been a different team at home, but this will be the first game all season at the Joe that hasn't been started by Howard. It will be interesting to see which Red Wings team shows up.
The pesky Oilers aren't going to just lay down because of the 17 game win streak. They're going to want end the streak. Every team is going to come into the Joe looking to stop the train that is the Wings at home. The Blues and Predators are nipping at the Wings heels. Points are an absolute necessity tonight. Don't take the Oilers lightly. Play some defense against that Sam Gagner guy. Bring home the W and add two points to the division, conference and league lead.
Get the job done.
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Check out the expanded in-depth home win streak stats after the jump.
The Expected Lineup
Johan Franzen -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Jiri Hudler
Danny Cleary -- Darren Helm -- Drew Miller
Cory Emmerton -- Justin Abdelkader -- Tomas Holmstrom
Nicklas Lidstrom -- Ian White
Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson -- Jakub Kindl
Joey MacDonald (starting)
Scratches: Jan Mursak and Mike Commodore
Injuries: Patrick Eaves (jaw) and Jimmy Howard (finger)
|OILERS||HOW THEY MATCH UP||RED WINGS|
|21-27-5 (47 pts; 14th in West)||Record||35-17-2 (72 pts; 1st in NHL)|
|2.60 (16th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||3.07 (5th in NHL)|
|2.91 (24th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.37 (6th)|
|22.0% (2nd)||Power Play %||17.6% (15th)|
|83.0% (13th)||Penalty Kill %||80.0% (25th)|
|Jordan Eberle (24 goals)||Goal Leader||Johan Franzen (20 goals)|
|Jordan Eberle (53 points)||Points Leader||Pavel Datsyuk (54 goals)|
The Red Wings are 55-36-13-11 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Edmonton Oilers franchise.
17- GAME HOME WIN STREAK STATISTICS:
- Goals Per Game: 4.23
- Goals Against Per Game: 1.41
- Overtime Wins: 1
- Shootout Wins: 2
- Shutouts: 4
- Most Goals: 8 (Dec. 17 vs Los Angeles Kings)
- Games with 5 or More Goals: 8
- Most Goals: Johan Franzen (9)
- Most Assists: Pavel Datsyuk (18)
- Most Points: Pavel Datsyuk (23)
- Players Without a Point: Mike Commodore (5 games), Gustav Nyquist (2 games) and Jan Mursak (1 game)
PLAYER STATISTICS DURING 17-GAME HOME WIN STREAK
Prediction: The home winning streak will live to see another day. The Wings get revenge for the shootout loss last weekend and win tonight 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk continues his home dominance and is your player of the game.
Let's Go Red Wings.