Another day, another victory.
Three days after breaking the NHL’s single-season record for consecutive home victories, the Detroit Red Wings (40-17-2) slipped past the Nashville Predators, 2-1, for their 22nd straight win at Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit prevailed only after leading-scorer Pavel Datsyuk tallied the winning goal on netminder Pekka Rinne with just six seconds remaining in the contest. He was set up wonderfully by Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom on the play.
Defensively, the Red Wings were once again anchored by backup goalie Joey MacDonald who saved 20 of 21 shots that he faced. Since filling in for injured all-star Jimmy Howard, MacDonald has picked up four victories and has posted an unbelievable 1.72 goals against average.
With the win, Detroit moves into a tie with the Boston Bruins of 1929-30 for the multi-season record for consecutive home victories. The Bruins won 20 straight to end the 1929-30 season, followed by two more to start the next year. The Red Wings could eclipse this record in just one campaign if they are successful next time out on the ice.
So, what are the odds? Will Detroit lose this streak any time soon or are they destined to forever dominate the ice of Joe Louis Arena (perhaps a bit of sarcasm there)?
It’s an interesting question. And, it’s never too early to take a look down the schedule to find the spot that may trip them up. So, let’s see what we can find…
Upcoming Home Games:
Sun, Feb 19th — San Jose Sharks
Thu, Feb 23rd — Vancouver Canucks
Sat, Feb 25th — Colorado Avalanche
Fri, Mar 2nd — Minnesota Wild
Sun, Mar 4th — Chicago Blackhawks
As you can probably see, a tough task lays in front of the Red Wings. The streak has been impressive and fun to watch, but I wouldn’t expect it to survive much longer. Each of the five upcoming opponents have a record that is above .500 and they are all in the mix of the Western Conference playoff race.
If I was a betting man — which I am certainly NOT — I would take Detroit Sunday against the Sharks. The Red Wings have been fantastic during this current six-game home stand, and I would expect a similar effort to finish it out undefeated. However, following a tough road game in Chicago, Detroit will battle an extremely dangerous Canucks team that will likely end the streak (in my opinion, of course).
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