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Streak Over; Why It's a Good Thing

The Vancouver Canucks came into the Joe Louis Arena and snapped the Detroit Red Wings' 23 game home winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win. The Red Wings were outshot 45-36 and the only reason the game was that close was Jimmy Howard's play in net.

Darren Helm opened the scoring with a flutterball shot that beat Roberto Luongo, and Detroit escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead after being peppered in shots, 17-5. Helm ended the game with a goal and two assists.

The Sedin twins hooked up in the second to tie the score at one, with Daniel poking in a rebound.

The Red Wings took the lead in the third when newly acquired defenceman Kyle Quincey (who wore number 27...

Datsyuk to Miss Two Weeks

Via NHL.com:

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, currently ninth in the League in scoring, reportedly will miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee Tuesday morning.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock updated Datsyuk's status following his team's practice in Chicago in preparation for Tuesday's game against Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), who will be without captain Jonathan Toews due to an upper-body injury.

"Eve...

Red Wings Link Checks: 13/02/13

The Detroit Red Wings just tied an NHL record last night; 20 consecutive home victories. Henrik Zetterberg is finally scoring, the Winter Classic is coming to town next year, and the trade deadline talks heat up. Here's some of the best articles concerning the Wings:

FROM TCL:

A.K Bennett gives us a reality check about defenceman at the trade deadline.

Jonathan Ericsson is luckiest and worst player in the NHL, reports Eric Huffman.

Bennett also reports on the 20 straight home wins after a win against Philly.

Kyle Busch plays around with some possible Alumni rosters for the 2013 Winter Classic.

Why does Detroit need Jiri Hudler? Rachel Bellono tells ...

Abdelkader Provides Spark in Win

The Detroit Red Wings won their 18th straight home game tonight in a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers. Though it wasn't a pretty game, Detroit got a huge boost from the physical play of Justin Abdelkader.

He took on Ryan Jones after a big hit on Ian White, dropping the mitts and hanging on against the much stronger Jones. It energized his team and they went on to take a 2-0 lead on goals by Johan Franzen on a powerplay and Cory Emmerton on a scramble. Abdelkader drew an assist on Emmerton's tally, driving to the net and jamming a shot on goal resulting in a rebound and a wide open net for Emmerton's 6th of the year.

Edmonton eventually scored on one of th...

'Mule' Over Hank

Move over Henrik Zetterberg, there's a new number two in town.

More like "Mule over."

Johan Franzen is having a dominant season, with 18 goals, 22 assists and 40 points in 48 games, on pace for around 75 points by season's end. Zetterberg has come on statistically lately, and now has nine goals, 25 assists and 34 points in the same number of games.

There was once a time after the 2009 season after the Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final where fans and media weighed Detroit's options when it came to keeping either Franzen or then-Red Wing turned Blackhawk Marian Hossa. They were both power forwards with a nose for the n...

Hudler, Conklin 'Star' in Shootout Win

Jiri Hudler scored the tying goal in regulation and added the only marker in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 last night in Texas.

Ty Conklin stopped all three Dallas shooters to earn the victory in the battle of the back-up goaltenders. Richard Bachman started for the Stars and gave up an early goal from Tomas Holmstrom. Jan Mursak's hard work allowed him to send a pass into the low slot and Holmstrom teed up a cannon from the hashmarks that beat Bachman.

The Stars scored twice on some garbage Holmstrom-like goals by Brendan Morrow and Loui Eriksson.

Conklin made every stop after the first period, allowing Hudler's cross ice pass t...

Wings Link Checks 01/18/12

The Detroit Red Wings had a good week, getting wins against the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars. They set a record if you didn't hear, and there were some other milestones as well. Here's what we have for you in this edition of Link Checks:

AROUND THE WEB

Don Cherry thinks the Islanders' timeout call was uncalled for

Ron Wilson says Nicklas Lidstrom should just retire

Too bad Ronnie, Lidstrom is getting a show about himself called NHL 36

Is it Stuart's last year in Detroit?

Pavel Datsyuk reaches 700 career points

Here is a list of the top 25 players that could be available at the trade deadline

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Detroit Survives Hawks' Surge

If there is anything that resembles what a roller coaster ride is, today's matinee game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings certainly takes the cake.

Detroit started strong but let the Hawks back into the game before Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game in overtime to seal a 3-2 win; Detroit's 14th consecutive home victory, which ties the team record.

The Red Wings started the game with a 10-0 shot advantage and turned the momentum into a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Tomas Holmstrom scored a powerplay goal on a deflection and Bertuzzi converted a breakaway pass from Pavel Datsyuk.

After a dominating first period, the two teams ...

Wings Link Checks 01/13/12

The Detroit Red Wings are in a three way battle for first spot in the Western Conference with the slumping Chicago Blackhawks and the surging St. Louis Blues. The Wings played three games this week; a 3-2 overtime win in Chicago, a 5-1 loss to the Islanders and a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix in Hockeytown. Here are some interesting stories from The Checking Line and elsewhere about your favourite team.

From The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition:

Kyle Busch tells you why Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk are All Stars but Nicklas Lidstrom was left out

Rachel Bellono's recap of yesterday's 3-2 win over Phoenix, Howard's 100th career win and her thoughts on a...

Detroit Demolishes Kings

When TCL Predators writer Greg Duley stated that the Red Wings would come back from their 4-3 loss to Nashville with a better effort, he wasn't kidding.

The Wings blasted the Los Angeles Kings 8-2 in a game where they were outshot. The scoring basically came from the bottom two lines. Cory Emmerton had two goals as did Drew Miller. Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings and Dan Cleary had three assists. Jimmy Howard picked up his 19th win of the year.

Detroit has won 10 straight games at Joe Louis Arena. 

Having production from everyone on the team is a great way for teams to continue streaks. With Detroit...