Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Red Wings make history with 21st-straight win at Joe Louis Arena

The players and coaches kept cool until the record was within reach.

Then, as the fans had been doing for days, everyone was grinning with pride as the Red Wings became the first team in NHL history to win 21 consecutive home games.

Sure, the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers had to win all of their games in regulation, but that shouldn't take away from Detroit's feat.

In fact, overtime and shootouts only provide extra scenarios for losing. The argument that the three shootout wins and one overtime win that Detroit needed among the 21 wins is not a fair one, nor is it really all that accurate.

But, Wings fans might want to think like Flyers fans for a second, anyway. Doing it all in regulation is impressive and sounds very cool, but it's not worth an argument.

Both teams did amazing things in entirely different eras.

Now, Detroit has a chance to break their own record on Friday night when the Nashville Predators visit the Joe.

With or without All-Star goalie Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings are the best team in the league. And that can't be argued.

Here's to Joey MacDonald and his timely hot streak.

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.