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NHL on NBC: Red Wings shoot to spoil Blackhawks’ streak

Mar 3, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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If realignment becomes a reality, the Detroit Red Wings won’t be able to spoil the Chicago Blackhawks’ fun much longer.

This time around, the Red Wings hope to end two Blackhawks’ streaks for games with at least a point: 21 (to begin the 2013 campaign) and 27 (extending back to the 2011-12 regular season).

While Chicago needs to extend its point streak by eight games to tie the all-time mark of 35 by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit could keep them from tying the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens’ second place streak of 28 games by beating the ‘Hawks in regulation on Sunday.

The veteran-heavy squad has had a knack for spoiling their younger division rival’s fun in recent years, too. Detroit knocked Chicago out of the 2009 Western Conference finals in five games and thwarted the Blackhawks attempt to clinch a playoff spot on the last day of the 2010-11 season.*

Red Wings can relate

Instead of providing bulletin board material, the Red Wings have been complimentary of the Blackhawks.

Head coach Mike Babcock described Chicago’s defense as the best in the league “by far” to’s Brian Hedger. Meanwhile, Henrik Zetterberg told the Detroit Free Press that Chicago’s streak reminds him of the Red Wings setting an NHL record with 23-straight home wins last season.

” … I think it’s a little different, but at the same time, when we broke the record we know how we felt,” Zetterberg said. “They are breaking records every night now. Hopefully it will end tomorrow and if it does they had a good run.”

Hossa hits 1,000

Sunday’s game will mark an individual milestone as well. Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will play in his 1,000th regular season contest. The 34-year-old told that he isn’t nearing the end of the road, either.

“When I was younger, when someone got to their 1,000th game, I thought about what a great accomplishment it was. I also thought, ‘Those guys are going to retire pretty soon.’ Now I’m coming to that point,” Hossa said. “But so far I feel pretty good. So hopefully I can play many more years.”

Patrick Kane, for one, wouldn’t mind if that’s true.

“Even today, there are times, probably once or twice a game, I’m shaking my head at what he does,” Kane said. “He’s a very exciting player and he’s still at the top of his game.”

You can watch Hossa, Kane and the red-hot Blackhawks visit the Red Wings in Detroit on Sunday by tuning into NBC starting at 12:30 p.m. ET.

* – Only to see the Blackhawks make the playoffs because the Dallas Stars lost to the Minnesota Wild later that evening, anyway.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    It’d be great to have the wings end the streak.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      No, it wouldn’t.

      • jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        yes they will

  2. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I’d love to see the Hawks get to at least 24 games with a point in each. That’s half the season and would just be an incredible feat. I think more than anything I’m excited to see how many games they end up losing in regulation by the end of the season. I could totally see it being in the single digits. It’d be awesome to be able to tell my kids about how incredible it was to watch such a dominant team whenever another team challenges their record years from now. With everything that happened with the lockout, the Hawks were exactly the type of team the league needed to bring back interest. Brandon Saad being a Pittsburgh native and a rookie, and then having a couple significant moments thus far has kept the Blackhawks pretty relevant here in both hockey fans and non-hockey fans alike. It’s great to see a local kid being a puzzle piece to such a historical accomplishment.

  3. comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    It would be their fourth stretch of 3-in-4-days. Given how hard Columbus made em work not less than 48 hours ago, Sunday may be the end of the road.

    New road starts the next game :)

    • tbeilfuss - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      “their fourth stretch of 3-in-4-days”

      How did that work out the other 3 times?

      Dont count them out

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        I’m by no means counting them out, but there’s a reason “you can’t win ’em all” is a cliche. :)

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Never happier to be mistaken.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Dominant team…? Hawks were somewhat fortunate to escape several of those games with any points at all, not the least of which was the lucky win against these same Wings after being out skated and out played last time out. The wheel of fortune is about to roll, and winged it may be…

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      I bet you make some truly sour wine.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Check out Marian in the picture, he’s already surveying potential landing sites for his jock as Pavel sets up to play here it is, no there it was, no here it is, tuck, deke, whip, clang, red light red light!

    • fusionix7 - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      Marian>Franzen. Although I think the concussion to Franzen changed the way he played. Most Wings fans want Hossa over “I’ll play like I’m capable of then take the next 5 games off.” The man doesn’t play to his full potential unless someone pisses him off and plays like an Angry Mule.

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        Is that what’s really happening?

        Or is it perhaps that he’s playing like someone with a lower cap hit?

        Does the best GM in sports know more about players than us armchair coaches/GMs?

        Did he see that Franzen’s worth was something like 3.9M per rather than Hossa’s higher cap hit (which also pays for two extra years)?

        Hossa is a better player than Franzen. Thus the higher worth to a team.

      • clefty1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Going back to 2009 when Hossa played for the Wings he scored 40 goals to Franzen’s 34, Franzen had 12 goals in the playoffs to Hossa’s 6. As of the last 2 seasons Franzen has scored 57 goals to Hossa’s 54. The thing that frustrates Wings fans is the Mule scores in bunches then disappears for stretches. It is always east to play armchair GM after a couple years have passed but at the time it was alot tougher decision.

  6. clefty1 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    The Hawks have not had to deal with any large amount of injuries like alot of other teams have had to. It is time to end their streak. GO WINGS!!!

  7. polegojim - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Looking forward to an intense game!

    The Wings have picked up their game and skated blade-to-blade with everyone.

    Wings will end the streak if they don’t ‘help’ the Hawks:
    1) Avoid turnovers in their end (Kindl)
    2) Avoid the silly penalties – 5 on 5, they’re right with Chicago in G and GA

    Those are the two major differences between the teams… and the diff between 18-0 and 10-8.

    Besides those, they need to be aggressive on the boards and Mule needs to play… like Mule. Someone needs to make him angry BEFORE the game – in the locker room.

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Hope it ends today, I like how I get into arguments with hawks fans who say its the “best streak ever” when it’s only the best since the late 80’s and they keep ignoring that Philly managed to not lose a game in 35 games while the hawks have actually lost a few.

  9. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Sour wine…? The Hawks couldn’t give away tickets for close to two decade, relying rather on the draft to bring some semblance of respectability to the franchise. So, where were their fair weather fans in the interlude? Stomping grapes one would assume! Too many born-again Hawk’s fans back on the bandwagon posing as experts for my gentle palette to bear…

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      This is beyond stupid, why don’t you google Bill Wirtz and get yourself a clue.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Now come on, Mr., It’s perfectly reasonable to expect your fans to turn to their radio for their only live coverage of home games. :)

  10. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    chainbluelightning would well know what would exist beyond stupid…get your head out of your ass! the facts speak for themselves, the wirtzs nearly buried the franchise and fans turned to round ball with its attendant snooze factor; the stadium played half empty for hockey! hawks escaped today after being given a speed clinic from what constitutes an american league line up…canucks and ducks will eat ’em whole when it really matters

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