A Team Desperate To Shine
The Detroit Red Wings made history last night as they set a new franchise record for consecutive home wins, which is very telling about their performance this season.
In a dominating display of both offense and defense, the Wings have extended their win streak at the Joe to 15 games. Jimmy Howard earned his fifth shut out of the season and Pavel Datsyuk earned his 700th career point. Last night's victory does not reflect the team's lackluster road performance though.
"We haven't done as well as want on the road," said Jimmy Howard after last night's win against Buffalo.
The Wings are only 11-13-0 on the road this season, which would explain why they continue to shift between second and third place in the Central division. Tonight they are playing the Dallas Stars, in Dallas.
Detroit may have an advantage in momentum after last night's historic performance as well as the fact that they are 7-3-0 in their last ten games. The Stars are only 4-6-0.
This will be the third time these teams face each other this season. The game ended in a 5-4 Detroit victory in Dallas. The Stars were able to hang in because of Michael Ryder, who had two goals and an assist. Expect Dallas to make plays that keep Ryder open. Also plan to see Loui Eriksson looking for scoring opportunities. He has 40 points on the season and only six penalty minutes.
Aside from Jimmy Howard, the Wings also have impact players to look to if they are to win tonight's game. Todd Bertuzzi has four goals and two assists in his last six games. Datsyuk had 3 assists on Monday night, and has extended his point streak to seven games.
Detroit is still without Patrick Eaves (jaw) and Mike Commodore (foot) is day-to-day. Dallas will be without Jamie Been (appendectomy), Philip Larsen (head), Mike Ribeiro (knee) and Tomas Vincour (knee).