It's a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference, and right now the Red Wings lead the season series 2-1.
But a lot has changed since the last meeting between these two. The Red Wings have made history and now hold a 23 game consecutive win streak at the Joe. The Canucks are now only two points behind the Wings. And the Wings also happen to be without their star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
The 33 year-old is expected to miss a month after having surgery on his knee. Datsyuk 16 goals and 43 assists this season, so it is to no surprise that fans may be a bit nervous about his absence.
"Pav's been out before and he's a huge part of our team bu...
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 are now in elite company, with twenty straight home wins with their tonight's win coming from strong performances by the Wings' top players. The top-six forwards and top-four defenseman all came away with at least one point except for Jiri Hudler.
Nicklas Kronwall opened the scoring with a blast from the point while Brayden Schenn sat in the box for tripping. The goal was originally credited to Bertuzzi but he didn't deflect is as initially thought but Bert and Hank provided the assists. Schenn redeemed himself late in the period when Danny Briere capitalized off a botched clear by MacDonald and passed it to Schenn who scored easily.
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The NHL All Star game is basically a chance for the NHL to sell itself to the fans by showcasing top level talent for two nights in a row. Fans are treated to highlight reel moves that you don't get to see in every hockey game as well as having the chance to become better acquainted with their on ice heroes. Several players are mic'ed up and provide commentary throughout the two nights, even while they are in game action, as seen with Montreal comedian/goaltender, Carey Price.
Price has become an excellent goaltender for the Canadiens and wasn't shy about showing off his personality, stopping a puck by facing the glass and using the reflection to help him guage his positioning as well as giving Islanders rep John Tavares a "Tim Tebow" as he came in for one of his shootout moves.
Two of the most storied franchises in NHL history. A match up between Original Six teams. The final game before the All-Star break. All of these factors culminate in what might be one of the more underrated games in the season.
As the first half of the season has shown, these teams certainly don't have much in common at this point.
The Red Wings (8-2-0) are sitting on top of the NHL with a seven-game win streak, and 17 consecutive victories at home, a franchise record. They haven't been the strongest team on the road, but the momentum they have right now can only be easing that pain.
The Canadiens (4-4-2) are 12th in the Eastern conference and are trying to get o...
It's no secret to anyone who follows the Red Wings: they're a great team with a lot of talent.
It's also to nobody's surprise that this talented team is having a near-stellar season up to this point. The team's Thursday night victory over Phoenix sent them to the top spot in the division, conference and League.
Aside from the stellar performances by Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk, who else should other teams be concerned about when facing Detroit? The easy answer is everybody not named Jonathan Ericsson, but the player of interest for this feature is Todd Bertuzzi.
Big Bert, as fans and players know him, is far past his most productive seasons in the ...
Three seasons into a historic contract, Zetterberg is on pace for career lows. Is this cause for concern or is it too premature to worry about one of Detroit's star forwards?
Henrik (Zata, Z, Hank, Swedish Phenom, the Next Forsberg, etc) Zetterberg has been my favorite Wing even before his debut. Hank made some noise as a rookie, with 22 goals and 22 assists. He finished second in Calder voting behind defenseman Barret Jackman who won because Al Macinnis went down with an injury and he had to carry the Blues' defense.
Zetterberg has been a top Wing and for several years Hockeytown citizens debated "which Euro Twin is better?" Both Z and Pav were great t...
The Detroit Red Wings made history last night as they set a new franchise record for consecutive home wins, which is very telling about their performance this season.
In a dominating display of both offense and defense, the Wings have extended their win streak at the Joe to 15 games. Jimmy Howard earned his fifth shut out of the season and Pavel Datsyuk earned his 700th career point. Last night's victory does not reflect the team's lackluster road performance though.
"We haven't done as well as want on the road," said Jimmy Howard after last night's win against Buffalo.
The Wings are only 11-13-0 on the road this season, which ...
With Friday the 13th in the past, Detroit faces off against Chicago today on home ice for a nationally televised matinee. The Wings are coming off a 3-2 comeback victory against Phoenix that was Mike Babcock's 400th win and Jimmy Howard's 100th. Detroit seeks to tie their franchise record for consecutive home wins set during the 1964-65 season. Only two points separate the teams, with St. Louis sitting in between them.
The two previous games have been just as close as their place in the standings with both being decided 3-2. Chicago won once in regulation and Detroit won last week in overtime. Today's game should be no different.