Detroit vs Columbus: Worst Team Ever?

Detroit heads to Columbus tonight where they should have absolutely no problem ending their losing streak against the worst team in the NHL. Columbus has become even weaker as of late. They traded away Jeff Carter, Samuel Pahlsson and Antoine Vermette.

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Detroit is now 4th in the west after their 3-game skid let the Blues claw their way into the top spot in the central. A win tonight can change all that, as the Blues and Wings are deadlocked at 85 points. This is where all those shootout wins come back to haunt us.
2-28-12wcsBrendan Smith will be in the lineup tonight taking Kyle Quincey’s spot who is out with a sore groin. Lidstrom was also listed as day-to-day and could be a game time decision.

Even without Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Quincey there is no reason the Wings can’t win tonight.

DET is 47-12-1-6 all-time vs CLB
DET is 21-7-1-4 all-time at CLB
DET leads the NHL in victories (41)
DET is 10-7-0 when scoring first on the road this season
DET is 70-4-4 the last 78 times they’ve scored 4+ goals in a game
A DET player has registered a hat trick against CLB on 3 occasions (most recent: H. Zetterberg, 3/19/08)

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 is 2 goals behind J. Ogrodnick for 8th place all-time in DET team history (265)
J. Howard is on pace to win 41 games this season; would be 4th DET goalie to win 40 games – T. Sawchuk (3), D. Hasek, R. Crozier
J. Howard is 8-5-0 (1.91 GAA, .930 SV%) in 13 intradivisional starts this season
J. Howard is 5-3-1 (2.11 GAA, .927 SV%) in 9 Tuesday starts this season
J. Franzen is on pace to register 29G-31A-60P this season
J. Franzen is T-1st in the NHL in GWG (10)
J. Franzen’s next GWG will tie him with S. Fedorov for the most in one season by a Red Wing (11)
V. Filppula is on pace to record 23G-39A-62P this season
V. Filppula has tallied 7G-9A-16P in 15 intradivisional games this season
V. Filppula has registered 5G-6A-11P in his last 8 games vs CLB
V. Filppula’s next assist will tie him with C. Chelios for 50th place in DET team history (131)
D. Cleary played in his 500th NHL game on 11/24/07 at CLB
D. Cleary recorded the first hat trick of his career on 12/28/06 at CLB
D. Cleary’s next assist will tie him with L. Murphy for 44th place in DET team history (136)
J. MacDonald recorded his 2nd career shutout on 3/17/11 at CLB (2-0 W, 37 saves)
J. Abdelkader recorded his first career multi-goal game on 11/11/09 at CLB
J. Abdelkader has been credited with 13 hits in his last 5 games
D. Miller is on pace to tally 15G-14A-29P this season
H. Zetterberg tallied his 100th career point on 10/24/05 at CLB
H. Zetterberg played in his 400th career game 1/28/09 at CLB
H. Zetterberg has recorded 4G-10A-14P in his last 11 games played
H. Zetterberg’s next point will tie him with M. Ricci for 284th place in NHL history (605)
N. Kronwall recorded his first career multi-point game on 11/11/09 at CLB
N. Kronwall notched his first career PPG on 4/7/06 at CLB
J. Hudler is on pace to register 26G-24A-50P this season
T. Holmstrom’s next PPG will tie him with U. Dahlen for 5th all-time in NHL history amongst Swedes:

1 – Mats Sundin, 160
2 – Nicklas Lidstrom, 132
3 – Daniel Alfredsson, 128
4 – Markus Naslund, 126
5 – Ulf Dahlen, 120
6 – Tomas Sandstrom, 119
6 – Tomas Holmstrom, 119