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Red Wings look to break NHL home win streak record tonight

Feb 14, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

Joey MacDonald AP

The Red Wings are looking to hit a number that’s good for blackjack tonight.

If Detroit beats the Dallas Stars tonight at Joe Louis Arena, they’ll make it 21 straight wins at home. After beating Philadelphia on Sunday, the Red Wings have gone over three months without losing on home ice.

There hasn’t been a home winning streak like this since the Philadelphia Flyers pulled it off in the mid-70s and then only one time before that with the Bruins during the 1930s. Of course, with Detroit winning three of their 20 games in a row via the shootout, some are eager to pooh-pooh the Red Wings’ run thanks to the shootout being a virtual coin flip.

Rather than pile on about what’s legitimate and what isn’t, let’s just take a look at it for what it is: An incredible run of success the likes of which we haven’t seen in over 35 years. Regardless of the rules whether games ended after regulation, in overtime with ties, or settled by a shootout, winning 20 in a row at home and pushing for more is something that’s rarer than rare.

Only three teams ever have pushed a home winning streak this far and with parity being rampant in the league, who knows when we’ll get to see a run like this again. Shootout or not, this makes for a historic run by the Wings.

The NHL Overtime crew debated whether or not they thought the Red Wings’ streak was legit, have a look.

  1. geo91 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Go Wings Go!

  2. jzhockey - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    How in the world can a shootout be equated to a “virtual coin flip”? Anybody can flip a coin–but not just anybody can score against the likes of Jimmy Howard (or Joey MacDonald, as of late). Likewise, when keepers across the league generally concur that the one shooter they fear the most in a shootout is Pavel Datsyuk, then there has to be some level of skill involved. Or, is Pavs just the luckiest player in the league…?

  3. abrienza428 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Shootout wins definitely make the streak less impressive. They would be ties prior to the lockout.

    • polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Really? Check the facts. OT was very much part of two of the 29-30 season streak wins. OT only went away for a while in the league during the Flyers run.

      Last time I checked, both teams take shots in a shootout, right?

      Why do you think this is news? How many other teams have done it?

      Fact is: 20 in a row is an amazing feat… shootouts, overtime, or WHATEVER… and 21…. is a league record.

      • abrienza428 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        I didn’t say it wasn’t impressive or not amazing. It is. But these wouldn’t have been wins before 6 years ago, that’s all. They would have ended in ties. So in my opinion it’s a bit less impressive than the other streaks. It’s not a knock on them whatsoever.

      • polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        I totally get what your saying, just disagree on application. Many have the misconception that Ties/OT became part of the NHL only after the lockout. Not true.

        NHL O.T. History – “Due to travel restrictions required during World War II, league president Frank Calder abolished the 10-minute overtime for regular season games in 1942 so that teams could catch their trains without delays. Regular season overtime did not return with the conclusion of the war. Overtime was not re-introduced for the regular season until the 1983–84 season.”

        So… actually any team prior to 1942 and after 1983 had the opportunity to do the same…and didn’t/couldn’t.

    • juanhughjazz - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      using that logic, gretzky’s goal record is less impressive than howe’s, since they didn’t play defense in the 80’s and howe had to face a top 5 goalie every night. comparing eras is dumb. on a side note, red wings are up 2-0 in the 3rd.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    It’s a different league than it was the last 2 times this milestone was hit. It’s difficult to compare all 3 equally, but they’re all impressive nonetheless. Considering the parity and the skill of the players nowadays, shoot-out or no shoot-out, it’s incredible. Red Wings still suck though.

    • polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      … with 20 wins in a row at home and the best record in the NHL?

      … with 20 straight years of playoff contention?

      It must suck not to know what ‘sucks’ means. ; )

      Yes, they are incredible… Let’s Go RED WINGS!

      • michiganhockey11 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Red Wings still suck? Wow….hating much?

        I find it funny that it seems quite commonplace the majority of the games the Wings play on NBC nationally, they end in shootouts (conspiracy or not, it’s quite odd).

        Let’s go Red Wings!

  5. kiopta1 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    When I hear people try and claim that 20+ consecutive home wins by the wings is less impressive cause of a few shootouts it’s like hearing people say that a football team winning cause they made a field goal in overtime shouldn’t count. You win or lose within the rules of the game and last I checked everybody is playing by those same rules. I am positive every other team out there would like to be in detroit’s shoes.

    • dsd3 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Except that the Flyers who had the 20 win streak didn’t play by those rules. That’s the whole point. They didn’t have the opportunity to win a game in a shootout, it would just end in a tie, which would break the streak.

      Not diminishing the Redwings’ accomplishments by pointing that out, but the shootout is an advantage because it gives you an extra opportunity to win the game rather than break the streak with a tie.

      Anyway, congrats to the Redwings. A very impressive accomplishment. Interesting to see if they can break the record tonight.

  6. craggt - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    The Red Wings are 7-1 in shootouts this season, they know they have a pretty good chance of winning one if it gets that far. I think that effects how they play in the final minutes of a game and in overtime, why take big risks when you know you’re going to get a point and have a very good chance for a second one? I think if there were still ties you would see them playing differently.

    Arguing over which streak is more impressive is silly, because there are so many differences. A favorite saying of mine: If everything was different then nothing would be the same.

    • michiganhockey11 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I think most goalies would rather forefit a shootout than face Big Bert coming down on them.

  7. mehetmet - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hey, how come noone as brought this up:

    while there are shootouts now, there weren’t salary caps then…

  8. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM


    • hgfrombc2 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Like when Mrs. Kunitz lips dripped you out!

    • polegojim - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      It’s not RATING…. its 21 in a row… and Super Performing.

      Now, carry this on the road and into the playoffs

  9. espnhater - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    It goes both ways. Yes, Wings have had overtime chances to win a shootout; however they also could have lost those shootouts. Maybe the Flyers got lucky they didn’t have shootouts cause they maybe would have lost them. Fact is the Red Wings are going for the record, deal with it.

    • mehetmet - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Can I point out that this doesn’t make any sense. how are they lucky they didn’t have shootouts, the games didn’t make it that far (hence the winning streak w/out ties).

      • espnhater - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Because they could of lost the shootout, how does that not make sense? The Flyers did have tie games during their streak.

  10. dallasstars9 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Stars will take care of business tonight.

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