Red Wings look to extend the franchise record against Anaheim
The number 19 means a lot in the Motor City.
It was the jersey worn by Steve Yzerman during his career in the NHL. The "Captain" as he is sometimes referred to, helped bring 3 Stanley Cups to Detroit in the span of six years. Take a trip to Joe Louis Arena and one will see that number hanging above the ice.
Tonight, that number is something magical once again. As they are currently sitting on top the Central division, the Western conference and even more important, the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings are currently making history as they hold an 18 game win streak on home ice, a franchise record. The NHL record is 20, held by the Boston Bruins.
To say that the Wings are having an interesting season is a criminal understatement. To make the situation even more dramatic, they are without their most valuable player this season, starting goalie Jimmy Howard (finger).
The Anaheim Ducks, tonight's opponent, has been gaining some momentum with their goalie Jonas Hiller, who is currently 8-2-2 in his last 12 starts. So what's the game plan for each team going into the contest tonight?
For Detroit, the plan is very simple: score, score again and for goodness sake, keep scoring. That shouldn't be too difficult, at least to get one on the board. Drew Miller is on a current hot streak with 4 goals in the last 5 games, and Franzen and Zetterberg each have a point in the last three.
Anaheim is going to be looking for Hiller to have another great night, while forward Teemu Selanne looks to keep up his momentum (3 goals and 2 assists in the last five).
Howard will not be the only Wing sitting this one out as Patrick Eaves (jaw) and Danny Cleary (knee) are also injured.
Another milestone of tonight is the fact that this Tomas Holmstrom's 1,000th career game, all of them being played with Detroit.
"Tommy's a huge part of our team emotionally with his battle level and his grit and his determination," coach Mike Babcock said. Maybe the guys will be further inspired to win this one for their veteran teammate.
The puck drops at 7:30 and you can follow all the live updates from the game on the TCL Red Wings Twitter page.