Detroit Red Wings: Redemption, Momentum, Bragging Rights Up for Grabs Sunday

April 8th, 2011 by Isaac Smith Leave a reply »
With Detroit having already locked up the Central Division a few games ago with that 4-2 win against Minnesota, playoffs are on the mind of most Red Wings fans.

After Detroit's abysmal performance tonight against Chicago—giving up a goal on the first shift of the game, three goals in the first period and four goals in the first half of the game—I have had just about enough of this playoff talk.

While most are making a big deal of reaching the playoffs for the 20th straight season, it is time for us fans to look at a different statistic that should worry us.

The "pint-sized" total of 21 home wins this season.

Okay, I'll admit it for the rest of the fans: we've been spoiled over the past two decades watching an amazing franchise make runs at Lord Stanley's Cup.


The last time Detroit had fewer than 25 home wins in a season was 1996-97—granted, they did win the Cup that year, and that was before the expansion to 30 teams, but Detroit has 21 wins this season.

"But Detroit can win on the road this season they're 25-11-4 on the road..."

True, Detroit's road record is ...

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