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Kings seek home ice revenge against Detroit

Last time the Detroit Red Wings played the Los Angeles Kings, things ultimately went their way.

After being down 3-2 in the 2nd period, the Wings turned it up and got some late game heroics from Valterri Filppula and Darren Helm. On home ice, that seems to be the way the Wings get things done.

Now, the the 4th ranked Red Wings (Western conference) have to perform on the road, a task that has been less than stellar all season. The Kings will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity.

The Wings are not hopeless though, as they will have their all-star goalie Jimmy Howard back in net, after being out with an injured finger. Howard is third in the NHL in wins.

The Ki...

Detroit Cannot Prey On Pekka Rinne

Detroit falls short yet again in a loss against the Nashville Predators last night. Is the missing players hurting the Wings or is it more than that? Let’s evaluate the game.

The game started really well. The Wings came out really strong and played very aggressive. They ended the period trailing the Predators by one, but the playing style definitely did not reflect that. The Wings lead shots on goal 9 to 8. The first goal came from a wrist shot by Patric Hornqvist 7:30 into the first period. Gustav Nyquist had a bad give away and David Legwand took advantage of it. Legwand had a quick pass to Hornqvist, who scored the goal. Only 13 seconds af...

Injuries Are Mounting. Are you scared?

Lidstrom. Datsyuk. Howard. Bertuzzi. Ericsson. Kindl. Eaves. All banged up. Can the Detroit Red Wings win another Stanley Cup with their best defenseman, forward, and goalie out? Up until this point in the season, the Wings have been relatively healthy and have definitely played like it. Now, we are at a point where the “law of averages” has kicked in, and the once healthy Red Wings are starting to pile up injuries. Maybe the better question is, can the Wings win their division?

The Red Wings may play next with seven starters out of the lineup. That’s scary, even if we are talking about the 2002 Red Wings. Is this team getting old? Does Mike Babcock run them too ha...

Where Are They Now? Joey MacDonald

Former New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald had to make a difficult career decision. At 31 years old, should he continue in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings as, essentially a career backup to Jimmy Howard, or take an offer to play in Russia?

On July 11, 2011, MacDonald chose to re-sign with the Red Wings and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

On September 7, 2011 a plane carrying the Russian hockey team; Lokomtiv Yaroslavi crashed just after take-off. The crash killed nearly the entire roster (only four players survived, all not on the plane) and the entire coaching staff.

The team that MacDonald decided not to sign with?

Lokomtiv Yaroslavi.

(Photo Credit: French Kheldar/Flickr)

Grand Rapids Griffins Have a Positive Week

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.

Conklin who passed the wa...

Wings Tame The Sharks With 23rd Home Game Win

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. ...

Last-Second Eurotwin Heroics Extend Streak

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...

Wings already have the record, the Central division remains

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. 

Detroit will need to deliver everything it ha...

Wings make history in near-perfect fashion

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...

Wings Set To Begin 6 Game Home Stand

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...