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Anatomy of a record: Detroit’s history-making home winning streak

Jan 23, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

Henrik Zetterberg AP

Tonight on NBC Sports Network (7:30pm ET), the Detroit Red Wings will host the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.

It’s a fairly crucial game for the Wings in terms of Central Division jockeying — they’re just one point up on the Blues for first place — but also in terms of history. Detroit has won 16 straight home games and is now just four away from tying the NHL’s all-time mark of 20.

Let’s take a look at the past and future of the streak.

Looking Back

– The streak began with a 5-0 win over Anaheim on Nov. 5.

– The last time Detroit lost at home, Jay-Z and Beyonce weren’t parents and Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of North Korea.

– The previous franchise best (14-game winning streak) was set 47 years ago by the famous Detroit team led by Gordie Howe, Norm Ullman, Alex Delvecchio and Roger Crozier.

– It was broken last Monday.

– During the streak, the Wings have scored five goals or more eight times, including a 7-1 romp over Winnipeg, an 8-2 destruction of Los Angeles and a 5-0 whipping of Buffalo.

– The 16-game winning streak is the fourth-longest in NHL history.

– Only the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers (20 each), and the 1970-71 Bruins (19) had longer ones.

Top Performers

Jimmy Howard has been the goalie of record for all 16 wins.

– Detroit has seven players in the NHL’s top 20 for home plus/minus: Nicklas Lidstrom (1st, +24), Ian White (3rd, +23), Valtteri Filppula (7th, +19), Johan Franzen (13th, +17), Brad Stuart (16th, +15), Drew Miller (18th, +13) and Jiri Hudler (20th, +13).

– Detroit doesn’t have a minus player at home this year.

Pavel Datsyuk is second in the NHL for assists at home (21).

Looking ahead

Detroit hosts St. Louis tonight, then heads out on a five-game road trip to Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Phoenix. That’s followed by a six-game homestand at the Joe.

– Should the Wings get by the Blues tonight, they’ll have to wait until Feb. 8 (vs. Edmonton) to try for another home win.

– Assuming Detroit keeps winning at home, the projected date for the record-tying 20th victory is Sunday, Feb. 12 versus Philadelphia.

– The potential record-breaking opportunity would come two nights later, Feb. 14, against Dallas.

  1. hibackhand - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    good post. Love the stats.

  2. soro17 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I am going to harrumph about this. Two of the ‘wins’ are shoot-out wins. Their regulation / OT winning streak was 12 games (which is impressive, but nowhere near a record). Bloody NHL, just create a pre/post shoot-out era record book already.

  3. Jeff - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Go Wings!

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