The Flyers come to town tonight in what could be a night to remember at the Joe. The Red Wings are one win away from tying an NHL record for consecutive home wins, which rests largely on the shoulders of Joey MacDonald who has an impressive 1.57 GAA and .935 Sv% in his four games this season.
Puck drops at 7:30pm on NBCSN
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The more I talk about how Macdaddy MacDonald isn’t the right choice for the Red Wings backup the better he plays. So, I think MacDonald is horrible and should not be our backup.
We don’t play Philly often, but when we do it’s generally a very tough game, or we sweep them out of the finals. To add to the home win streak lore is that the Flyers are the team that holds the modern era record set in 1975-76.
Nick Lidstrom will move into 2nd place all-time on the games played in a Red Wings sweater tonight, passing Alex Delveccio with his 1,550th game played. He will also own the record for most games played in NHL history for spending his entire career with one team.
Claude Giroux is good.
The Flyers are 1-3-1 in their last five, and 4-3-3 in their last 10. They also played last night and lost 5-2 to the Rangers. It could go one of two ways, either they are tired from last night, or they are out for blood the redeem themselves. I’m hoping for tired.
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 46-55-21-0 all-time vs PHI
DET is 33-19-10-0 all-time vs PHI on home ice
DET has won a team-record 19 straight home games (NHL record – 20, BOS: 1929-30 and PHI: 1975-76)
DET leads the NHL in wins (37) and points (76)
DET leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goal ratio (1.54)
DET is 4th in the NHL in goals/game (3.05) and 6th in GA/game (2.34)
DET is 4th in the NHL in shots/game (32.9) and 3rd in SA/game (27.0)
DET is 3rd in the NHL in fewest PIM/game (8.9)
DET is 2nd in the NHL in total team plus/minus (+41)
DET is T-2nd in the NHL in shootout wins (7)
DET leads the NHL in home wins (22) and goals/game at home (3.72)
DET is 69-4-4 the last 77 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 played in his 1,000th career NHL game on 2/29/04 vs PHI
N. Lidstrom has recorded 6G-9A-15P, +21 rating during DET’s home winning streak
N. Lidstrom ranks 4th in the NHL in home ice scoring by a defenseman (9G-12A-21P)
I. White leads all NHL defensemen with a rating of +28
J. Franzen has tallied 10G-9A-19P during DET’s home winning streak
J. Franzen leads the NHL in GWG (9) and is 3rd in PPG (11)
J. Franzen leads all Western Conference forwards with a rating of +24
P. Datsyuk is T-2nd in the NHL in assists (41), T-8th in points (55), T-2nd in takeaways (73) and 7th in faceoff wins (547)
P. Datsyuk’s next goal will give him sole possession of 10th place in NHL history amongst Russians (currently tied with S. Samsonov, 235)
P. Datsyuk has registered 5G-19A-24P during DET’s home winning streak
P. Datysuk has tallied 4G-12A-16P in 10 games vs Eastern Conference opponents this season
J. Hudler ranks 4th in the NHL in shooting % (22.4) and is T-12th in even strength goals (16)
H. Zetterberg has recorded 6G-9A-15P during DET’s home winning streak
H. Zetterberg has tallied 1G-4A-5P in his last 4 games played
N. Kronwall is T-2nd in the NHL in goals by a defenseman (11) and is 7th in blocked shots (127)
ALL-TIME RED WINGS HAT TRICKS VS. FLYERS
Alex Delvecchio @ Philadelphia: Jan. 3, 1970
Shawn Burr @ Philadelphia: Nov. 13, 1986
Steve Yzerman vs. Philadelphia: Nov. 4, 1988
Steve Yzerman @ Philadelphia: Nov. 12, 1988