Monday, February 13, 2012

Red Wings treat fans with 20-straight home wins

It's an outstanding feat.

The Detroit Red Wings have won 20-straight games at Joe Louis Arena, which means their already spoiled fan base has gotten treated well, again.

The Red Wings are sitting atop the Western Conference, and this home winning streak shows no signs of stopping any time soon. A battle for first place in the Central Division vaulted the Wings right by the Vancouver Canucks and secured space between them and division rivals the St. louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

Moreover, Detroit has won the past three games with third-string goalie Joey MacDonald, who spent the first half of the season in Grand Rapids. He has taken advantage of the opportunity since All-Star Jimmy Howard broke his finger and backup Ty Conklin was pulled and consequently benched in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

The Dallas Stars will be at Joe Louis Tuesday night to offer the Red Wings a chance to break the NHL's home winning streak record with win No. 21.

The players have said they downplayed the importance of tying the record until it happened. Now, it's out in the open: The Red Wings can make history, and everyone is excited to see it happen Tuesday night.

If MacDonald is between the pipes, he could get his fourth win of the season.