The Grand Rapids Griffins finish off the week with a big win over the division leading Toronto Marlies.
The Griffs started the week off right with a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, a 6-1 win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday and then the 3-2 win over the Marlies Saturday afternoon. 3 Division wins in a week is what the Griffins needed to boost the teams morale
The Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate had been in a slump since losing their number one Goalie Joey MacDonald to the number two position for the Wings. With Ty Conklin in net a new life has emerged for the Griffins. All cylinders seem to be firing in the right direction.
Another benchmark game won for the Detroit Red Wings, continuing their home game winning streaks at 23. It was a tough game for both teams, but the Wings were able to come out on top with the help from the star of the game Joey MacDonald.
The Wings controlled the first period, having 8 shots on goal compared to 6 for the Sharks. Henrik Zetterberg took the first goal for the Wings, which he did with a beautiful backhanded shot six minutes into the period. The Wings ended the first period killing a penalty for Bertuzzi for goalie interference.
The second period did not go as well for the Wings. The Sharks dominated with shots on goal, 19 to 8. ...
Tonight's game was a hard fought battle for two key points between division rivals. The game was close and had a playoff atmosphere. Before the game Detroit was ahead of Nashville by eight points but the Predators had a game in hand. Nashville was looking to catch St. Louis for second place in the Central and Detroit sought to put more space between them and 2nd seeded Vancouver. With the win Detroit extends their NHL record with their 22nd consecutive home win.
Detroit had the edge in performance and shots in the first, outshooting Nashville 14-9 in the opening period. Johan Franzen put Detroit on the board at 12:44 in the first with his team-leading 23rd goal off a spectacular...
The Detroit Red Wings made history on Tuesday night with an NHL record, 21st consecutive win on home ice. For the most successful NHL franchise in the last 20 years, it appears that they have everything they could. Well....
Even with the Wings still owning the Central division, Western conference and NHL, the race is still very close, especially in the division.
As it stands now, the Central division's top 3 spots are within eight points of each other. Nashville has been playing well against their division counterparts ever since last season, but have lost two of the three contests against Detroit this season.
The Red Wings can downplay it all they want, but last night was one for the ages.
The Wings did, what nobody has been able to accomplish in NHL, win 21 consecutive games on home ice.
"We're thrilled this has happened for our team," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think it's really good for our logo, it's really good for our ownership, our team. I'm proud of the guys. They've worked hard and now let's get on with it."
What originally seemed to look like a potentially close match up, was handled with a bit of dominance on the part of the Wings. The first stat to look at is the penalties, where the Wings only had three of ten total in...
The Detroit Red Wings are set to begin a six game home stand this evening against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wings have been next to perfect thus far at home, with a record of 20-2-1 at the Joe, winning 17 straight.
These 2 teams last met on Saturday, with the Oilers skating out with a 5-4 shootout win, after the Wings mounted a third period comeback after a shaky first period by goalie Ty Conklin.
These next six games at the Joe can set up the Wings nicely down the stretch, as they look for that #1 overall seed in the West.
Jimmy Howard (broken finger) will likely miss tonight's game, but Joey MacDonald looked steady in his first start of the season Monday in Phoenix. Meanwhile th...
The Detroit Red Wings fall short again, losing 3 to 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes. The only player on the Red Wings that deserves any praise is Joey MacDonald. It was a relief to hear Babcock decided to start MacDonald tonight, who stopped 20 out of 22 shots on goal.
Unfortunately, MacDonald could not win the game for Detroit. It was as if Mike Smith could not steal enough from the Red Wings. Out of 31 shots, Smith saved a total of 30. He was all over; playing the puck defensively when needed and always being there to stop it. The Wings could not get anything past the sharp Mike Smith. The only time the Wings could squeeze a shot past was when ther...