Tonight could be a good night for the Detroit Red Wings when they hit the ice at the Joe Louis arena. They are on a 14 game winning streak and could be 15 if they can take care of the Buffalo Sabers. The wings haven't lost on home ice since Nov 3rd 2011 to Calgary Flames (4-1). Although the Wings seem to be a lock at Home (17-2-1) their road record is not as desirable (11-13-0). They've been up and down since the New Year, even though they're (4-2) in the last 6 games they weren't easy. A win in Dallas Jan 3rd (5-4) they got the 2012 off to a good start. But as of late they seem to be playing catch up hockey. Losing (4-3) to the Leafs on the 7th they were in a hole from the drop of the puck, it could have been the five day layoff. But then again, the Wings haven't won in Toronto in 9 years, make that 10 years now. Granted that game they did take it to the Leafs in the second period but the come back came up short. The next night in Chicago to face their Western Conference rival, it was a much needed win and 2 points. The Wings came out flat, Chicago pounced and had the Wings down 2-0 early in the first, the Wings eventually clawed back and pulled out the win in OT when Pavel Datsuyk banked a shot in from an impossible angle. On the other hand, is there anything that guy can't do. Whether it was an injury or just fatigue, Datsuyk didn't play 2 nights later in Long Island against the Wings 'nemesis' the Islanders, who the Wings haven't beat in 7 years. That was probably one of the worst games I've seen the Wings play in a while. The Islanders blasted out of the gate with 1 goal in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd. To much of a hole even for the high flying Wings, final (5-1). "It's just our lack of working hard," Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. The Red Wings licked there wounds and made the journey home to the comfort of "Hockey Town." But with Phoenix in town it wouldn't be an easy task to keep the streak going. The Wings decided to play catch-up hockey again, grinding out a win in a S/O by a nasty little move by Henrik Zetterberg. Streak still in tact. The 14th win at home came against the hard-charging Blackhawks on a Saturday afternoon, and it was the Wings who finally Jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period. That lead was short lived allowing the Haws to claw their way back to knot it up at 2's. It wasn't that the Wings were sloppy it was the play of Corey Crawford that kept the Blackhawks in the game. Another OT win in the books. The play of the Red Wings of late is somewhat uncharacteristic, falling behind early in games, and letting teams back into games. Scoring in bunches have got lost, losing puck battles along the boards is no where to be found, play in there own end is a bit disorganized at times. The Wings can't take the Sabers lightly, they'll be hungry for a much needed road win, and what better way to do that but in Detroit. 15 wins at home is on the horizon, the Sabers would love to have their name in the Detroit record book to have this win streak come to a screeching halt.
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