Will It Be A Starry Night?
It's no secret that tonight's game against the Dallas Stars is a special one, however Detroit is trying to downplay the significance. The Wings can set a new NHL record for consecutive home wins by defeating Dallas at the Joe. Both teams are battling for points albeit for different reasons.
Dallas is in the midst of a gridlock for one of the final playoff spots in the West. Only seven points separate 6th seeded Chicago (65) and 12th seed Minnesota (58) with Dallas, Colorado, Calgary, Phoenix and Los Angeles between them.
With just as little breathing room, the Red Wings are fighting to maintain their top spot in the Central Division, the Western Conference and the NHL. Even though Detroit has been stellar of late, especially at home, they are only three points ahead of St. Louis who has two games in hand. The second seeded Canucks are two points behind the Wings with a game in hand and the Eastern-leading Rangers are only one point behind Detroit with three games in hand.
Detroit has won all three prior meetings between the two this season by scores of 5-2, 5-4 and 3-2. Loui Eriksson (3 G, 1 A) and Jamie Benn (1 G, 3 A) lead the Stars in the season series. Detroit's second line has been it's best line. Val Filppula (1 G, 5 A), Hudler (3 G, 1 A) and the heating up Henrik Zetterberg (0 G, 4 A) have been dominant.
Joey Macdonald gets the nod again after a solid showing against Philadelphia. So far he's 3-1-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .926 save percentage since he's taken over for Ty Conklin.
Henrik Zetterberg is the hottest Red Wing right now with eight points in the past five games and Alex Goligoski has points in three straight for the Stars. Danny Cleary is still out after having his knee drained and Mike Commodore will be a healthy scratch.
A little did you know: The Red Wings franchise already holds the NHL record for most consecutive road wins with 12 which was set in 2005-2006.
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