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Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:11 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 10:41 pm
 
RedWingsBy: Adam Gretz

With their 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night the Detroit Red Wings made NHL history, setting a new mark (and one that looks like it will continue to grow based on the way they're playing) by winning their 21st consecutive home game, breaking the record that had previously been owned by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers and 1929-30 Boston Bruins.

It's an incredible streak, and shows just how much the Red Wings have dominated their opponents at Joe Louis Arena this season, pushing their home record to 24-2-1. They haven't lost a home game since dropping a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Flames on November 3. The only other losses at home this season were against  Minnesota (a 2-1 shootout loss on November 1) and San Jose (a 4-2 loss on October 28).

What makes it so amazing isn't just the number of wins, but also the manner in which many of them have been achieved.



Some quick facts on the current streak:

-- The Red Wings have outscored the 21 teams they've knocked off by a total margin (as of Tuesday) of 87-31.

-- 10 of the wins have been by a margin of three goals or more. Three of the wins have been shutouts, five involved the Red Wings giving up just one goal, and only two saw them give up more than two. No team has scored more than three goals against them.

-- In typical Red Wings fashion, they have completely controlled puck possession and have out-shot their opponents by an average margin of 32.8 to 25.4 on a nightly basis.

-- And, finally, yes, three of the wins did come by way of the shootout.

My Eye On Hockey colleague, Brian Stubits, rattled a few cages by pointing this fact out on Sunday night when the Red Wings tied the record with a win over the Flyers.

You can put whatever level of significance on that fact that you choose (you can put an asterisk next to it, or you can ignore it, it doesn't really matter), but there is absolutely nothing wrong with pointing it out, and it doesn't mean that by doing so that you can still can't marvel at the record -- because it is darn impressive, and worthy of being celebrated.

But these events from one era to another don't take place in a vacuum. The league that the 2011-12 Red Wings play in is vastly different from the league that the 1975-76 Flyers played in, for a number of reasons. It might as well not even be the same sport when compared to the league that the 1929-30 Bruins played (In 1929, for example, there were still limitations on when you could advance the puck with a forward pass). You wouldn't look at a 30-goal scorer in today's NHL the same way that you look at a 30-goal scorer in, say, the 1980s, because it's a completely different era with different rules and a different style of play.

None of this makes one streak better or worse than the other as all three teams had advantages and disadvantges when compared to the others, but it's still worth mentioning the differences. You have to (well, you should, anyway) take everything into account when comparing teams and players from different eras.

No matter how you look at the streak, the Red Wings are setting themselves up to be the favorites to take the Western Conference. After Tuesday's game they sit on top of the West (and the NHL, for that matter) with 80 points, and still have seven of their next 10 games on home ice where, again, they've only lost three games this season, and only two in regulation.

The schedule does get a bit tougher as they have upcoming games with Nashville, San Jose, Vancouver and Chicago at home, but that hasn't really mattered much this season, as nearly every team that's entered Joe Louis Arena has left in defeat, regardless of record.

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Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:26 am
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Curious Puckup,  since you maybe right about the straight wins by the flyers and Bruins feat,  is this streak still something special?   Also who holds the longest away win streak,  do you know the answer to that?     I am not sure,  but I think the wings won 11 in 2006,  is that impressive too, or is their another hang up to that with you?
Let me be clear the Red Wings and their fans should be proud. The Red Wings are a class act, but the Flyers won 20 games the Wings won 12 then needed a shoot out.
The Detroit Red Wings have exactly 12 home games remaining and if they win them all, they’ll break the Montreal Canadiens record for the longest home undefeated streak in history of 34 games. This should be the baseline for this kind of record in the OT SO era. The Canucks game on Thursday could be the deal breaker




Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

if that's the case. puckup. then the flyers have no right to say anything to the bruins original record as there were restrictions to even bringing the puck up the ice in the late 20's.  different eras... different rules... free agency... expansion.  you can't truly compare any records unless they happen in the same season.  you're just nitpicking because you're a fan of a different team.  and that's fine... i hope they do well this year.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Curious Puckup,  since you maybe right about the straight wins by the flyers and Bruins feat,  is this streak still something special?   Also who holds the longest away win streak,  do you know the answer to that?     I am not sure,  but I think the wings won 11 in 2006,  is that impressive too, or is their another hang up to that with you?




Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

I would never say anything bad about the redwing home streak, it was done with great home fans and a good work ethic.  It is interesting though that the wings play the fewest 3 games in four nights and 4 in 6 nights.  I still think the coaches, players, fans and family should be proud.  Looking forward to the playoffs and maybe the Nucks can put a dent at the Joe Cool.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:53 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Any record helped by a shoot out such as wins by goaltenders and total points by teams well being celebrated are as tainted as Bonds home run totals. Well done Wings but how can you compare that to the Flyers or Bruins who with the OT and SO might have had more than 20 straight wins.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:39 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Overlooked in all the accolades is owner Mike llitch. He is, without a doubt, one of the best owners in the history of the NHL. He not only has the uncanny ability to hire the right people but he also has the wisdom to let  them do their jobs without lording over them. The man has infallible intincts. Hats off to Mike!



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

This is just another testament to how great of an organization the Wings are and how dedicated their fan-base is.  What this means is that come the playoffs with home ice advantage the wings should have a very, very, tough time losing to anyone. So a message to the rest of the league... get your weight up because you are fighting someone thats in a different class on home ice.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins


consider the fact the Wings log more air miles than any other team in hockey.


... except it's not a fact. It seems to be a common misconception among Wings fans, but in reality, it's not true.



This season, twelve other NHL teams have more travel than the Wings. Last season, eighteen other teams traveled more. The Wings have a great franchise with a wonderful thing going on for the last 2 decades now. There is no need to gild this lily.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

D-Townsportsfan....It's hard not to agree with everything you said... And that's coming from a MICHIGAN FAN.

The WINGS are the Yankees of the NHL. They are always going to be the class of the league..at least as long as the Illitch family own them. They are in the Western Conference because the leaugue knows they draw well and they want the Wings to be the big draw in the markeys where hockey is still growing. Now we are palying in the best division ib hockey that will likely send 4 teams to the palyoffs and has the top 3 teams in total points. All of these statistics are the reason that what the RedWings accomplished is so impressive... And it is still not done yet...THE STREAK CONTINUES...



Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Wings set new record with 21 straight home wins

Thats fine that peolpe don't think the Wings are the best franchise in sports, but please tell us why they aren't.  Or you just look like a sore loser.


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