Wings already have the record, the Central division remains
The Detroit Red Wings made history on Tuesday night with an NHL record, 21st consecutive win on home ice. For the most successful NHL franchise in the last 20 years, it appears that they have everything they could. Well....
Even with the Wings still owning the Central division, Western conference and NHL, the race is still very close, especially in the division.
As it stands now, the Central division's top 3 spots are within eight points of each other. Nashville has been playing well against their division counterparts ever since last season, but have lost two of the three contests against Detroit this season.
Detroit will need to deliver everything it has on offense tonight, as Pekka Rinne will start for Nashville. Coincidentally they will also need to have faith in Joey MacDonald, who is continuing to play well in place of Jimmy Howard (finger).
To further the Wings concerns, the other injuries don't help the line up at all. Patrick Eaves obviously won't play, but without All-Star goalie Howard, the energy line's Danny Cleary (knee) or a great offensive presence from Henrik Zetterberg (lower body), it becomes more of a concern to Detroit fans about how long this streak will last.
On the Nashville side of this coin, both Patric Hornqvist and Brian McGrattan (upper body) will be out of tonight's game.
Tonight will also give some of the younger guys a chance to shine. Tomas Tatar has bee called from the Grand Rapids Griffins for the game and will be on the fourth line along Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak.
The real contest here is going to be about goaltending. Joey MacDonald has won three straight and has a 1.72 GAA as well a .930 save percentage in six games. Pekka Rinne has been great for Nashville. He's 21-3-2 in his last 26 games and has 31 wins this season, one behind Jimmy Howard.
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