After a five day break the Wings get back to work tonight starting in Calgary with the first of four road games that will take them through Canada and down to Phoenix.
The time is now to fix their road record. Puck drops at 9 pm on FSD+
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The Flames are sitting in 11th place, but only 3 points out of the final spot in the west. They have done a bit of tweaking to their lineup over the last week shipping Rene Bourque off to Montreal for Mike Cammalleri, and Brendan Morrison to Chicago for Brian Connelly.
Detroit will put Wednesday's game in Montreal behind them and focus on the schedule ahead. They enter tonight as the top team in the league, and would like to keep it that way.
32 games left, 18 of them at home, and 13 until the trade deadline. It's going to be a battle to the end in the Central with the losers most likely stuck in the 4-5-6 seeds.
A Milestone of interest tonight other than Bertuzzi needing 1 goal to reach 300, are Miikka Kiprusoff playing in his 526th game, tying him with our good buddy Mike Vernon for games played by a Calgary goalie.
Jarome Iginla will be playing in his 1,157th game tonight. Why that is significant? Well, that ties him with Kris Draper on that all-time games played list.
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 67-62-16-1 all-time vs CGY
DET is 27-40-6-0 all-time at CGY
DET is 8-6-0 when scoring first on the road this season
DET leads the NHL in wins (33), intraconference wins (26) and overall points (67)
DET leads the NHL in winning % when trailing first in a game (.550, 11-9-0)
DET is 5th in the NHL in goals/game (3.10) and 6th in GA/game (2.34)
DET is 2nd in the NHL in both 5-on-5 goals (112) and 5-on-5 GF/GA ratio (1.51)
DET is 3rd in the NHL in shots/game (33.0) and 4th in SA/game (27.2)
DET is 2nd in the NHL in fewest PIM/game (8.4)
DET is 2nd in the NHL in total team plus/minus (+36)
DET is 2-0-2 in their 1st game after the NHL ASG since the lockout
DET is 15-14-7-3 all-time in their 1st game after the mid-season NHL ASG ('67-present)
DET is 68-3-4 the last 75 times they've scored 4+ goals in a game
DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
N. Lidstrom's next goal will tie him with K. Nilsson and T. Steen for 7th place in NHL history amongst Swedes (264)
N. Lidstrom's next assist will give him sole possession of 21st place in NHL history (currently tied with P. Esposito, 873)
N. Lidstrom is 2 goals behind J. Ogrodnick for 8th place all-time in DET team history (265)
N. Lidstrom ranks 9th in the NHL in points by a D (28) and is T-7th in PP points by a D (15)
N. Kronwall is T-5th in the NHL in blocked shots (116)
B. Stuart is T-15th in the NHL in hits by a D (112)
P. Datsyuk is T-3rd in the NHL in points (53), 3rd in assists (39), 2nd in takeaways (66) and 5th in faceoff wins (493)
P. Datsyuk's next assist will tie him with A. Zhamnov for 8th place in NHL history amongst Russians (470)
P. Datsyuk's next goal will give him sole possession of 10th place in NHL history amongst Russians (currently tied with S. Samsonov, 235)
I. White leads all Western Conference defencemen with a rating of +26
J. Hudler is T-2nd in the NHL in shooting % (21.7) and T-17th in ES goals (14)
V. Filppula is 2nd in the NHL in points by a Finnish-born player (39)
J. Franzen leads the NHL in GWG (9) and ranks 5th in PPG (9)
J. Franzen leads all Western Conference forwards with a rating of +25
J. Howard leads the NHL in victories (30) and is currently on pace to win 49 games this season (NHL record - M. Brodeur, 48)
J. Howard is 5th in the NHL in GAA (2.03), 9th in SV% (.924) and T-2nd in SO (5)
J. Howard's next GP will tie him with N. Smith for 11th place in DET goaltending history (178)
H. Zetterberg is 3 points behind T. Gradin for 15th place in NHL history amongst Swedes (593)
H. Zetterberg is 3 assists behind U. Dahlen for 19th place in NHL history amongst Swedes (354)
H. Zetterberg has registered 0G-7A-7P in his last 7 road games
T. Bertuzzi has tallied 4G-3A-7P in is last 7 games
ALL-TIME RED WINGS HAT TRICKS VS. FLAMES:
M. Foligno vs CGY, Oct. 29, 1981
J. Ogrodnick vs CGY, Oct. 29, 1981
J. Ogrodnick vs CGY, Dec. 12, 1982
L. Lambert @ CGY, Dec. 28, 1984
R. Sheppard @ CGY, Nov. 12, 1991
S. Yzerman vs CGY, Dec. 3, 1991
S. Yzerman @ CGY, Jan. 26, 1993
S. Fedorov vs CGY, Mar. 1, 1994
B. Shanahan (4) vs CGY, March. 15, 2001
@RedWingsRule Agreed, for the love of good do not forget...