The Detroit Red Wings will head into this weekend with the home win streak of 18 games and the NHL home win record of 20 consecutive games on the line. The current record of 20 consecutive home wins is held by the 1929-30 Boson Bruins and the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers. The record would be a wonderful thing but the Wings may have bigger fish to fry.
By bigger fish, I mean bigger Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks are coming to The Joe on Friday. Red Wings starting goaltender Jimmy Howard is still out with a broken finger and is expected to miss another week or so. The Wings will also have to go without LW Danny Cleary who had fluid drained from his knee on Thursday.
Backup goaltender Joey MacDonald has one win in four starts this season and will have his work cut out for him against the Anaheim offense no matter what building they play in.
If they manage to make it past Anaheim, the Wings still have to contend with Philadelphia and Dallas in the next few days. Neither team is what anyone would call a push over.
Streaks like this are great for the fans, but I doubt the players are paying much attention at all. I’m sure all of them would like to have their names printed on an obscure page of the record books, but what would be better is to see their names etched on The Stanley Cup. The most important thing about the next few games isn’t the record, it’s the fact that the St. Louis Blues are only three points behind the Wings in the Central Division standings and are showing no signs of letting up during the stretch.