Tonight the Wings welcome the struggling Buffalo Sabres to the Joe where they will try and break the franchise record for consecutive home wins currently at 14. The Sabres have their own streak going, an 8-game road losing streak to be exact.
I say we help them extend their streak to 9. Puck drops ay 7:30pm on FSD
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The story tonight other than the home win streak and Bertuzzi dominating the Blackhawks on Saturday will be Miller vs Miller. This will be the fourth time the brothers have played against each other, and with Drew being the Miller having the good year, lets hope that the Wings come out on the winning end.
As noted below in the hat trick stats, Kevin Miller, Drew and Ryan's cousin is one of five Red Wings to record a hat trick against the sabres. Lets add #6.
Baring any last minute changes the lineup should be the same as it was Saturday vs Chicago.
The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games vs Detroit, 1-7-2 on the road.
Fun fact: Jimmy Howard recorded his 10,000th career minute played Saturday.
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 49-52-13-1 all-time vs BUF
DET is 34-18-5-1 all-time vs BUF on home ice
DET has won 14 straight home games (tie, franchise record set in 1965 - January 21 through March 25 )
DET is 12-for-52 (23.1%) on the PP during 14-game home winning streak
DET is 39-for-47 (83%) on the PK during 14-game home winning streak
DET is 16-3-3 vs active goaltenders born in the state of Michigan
DET is 67-3-4 the last 74 times they've scored 4+ goals in a game
DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
• J. Howard leads in the NHL in victories (26) and is on pace to tie M. Brodeur's NHL record for wins in a season (48)
• J. Howard is 17-2-1 (1.69 GAA, .937 SV%) in 20 home starts this season
• H. Zetterberg's next point will tie him with P. Sundstrom for 16th place in NHL history amongst Swedish-born players (588)
• N. Lidstrom is skating in his 209th consecutive regular season game (longest active streak on DET)
• N. Lidstrom has recorded 4G-7A-11P, +19 rating during DET’s 14-game home winning streak
• N. Lidstrom is 2 assists behind P. Esposito for 21st place in NHL history (873)
• N. Lidstrom is 2 GP behind J. Bucyk for 11th place in NHL history (1540)
• J. Franzen has tallied 7G-9A-16P during DET’s 14-game home winning streak
• P. Datsyuk has registered 4G-14A-18P during DET’s 14-game home winning streak
• P. Datsyuk's next goal will tie him with S. Samsonov for 10th place all-time in NHL history amongst Russian-born players (235)
ALL-TIME RED WINGS HAT TRICKS VS SABRES
Nick Libett @ Buffalo, Jan. 27, 1972
Steve Yzerman vs. Buffalo, Jan. 29, 1992
Kevin Miller @ Buffalo, Feb. 12, 1992
Shawn Burr @ Buffalo, Oct. 18, 1993
Vyacheslav Kozlov @ Buffalo, Feb. 21, 1999
not too long ago, wings haters pointed to holland trading leino as the worst trade since the last worst trade ever made, whenever that was. now they're not saying much about it. seems leino is only good when he's not supposed to be, but sucks when he's relied on.
good move by holland, after all.