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Wings and Leafs Face off in Winter Classic

Wednesday, 01.1.2014 / 9:30 AM ET
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(Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)


Each team is scuffling and desperate for points in the first game of the new year. Each has 45 points and sits in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division as they pass the midway point of the season.

So, despite all the pomp and circumstance that will accompany the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, this game is most importantly about the standings points in play, a topic referenced over and over by the coaching staff of each team.

Yet there is no denying the game will be a spectacle of epic proportions, featuring a potential record-setting crowd, near-perfect conditions (temperatures expected in the teens with light snow), and bold-faced entertainment offerings all presented in front of national TV audiences in the United States and Canada. That is a point Detroit coach Mike Babcock stressed to his players after practice at Michigan Stadium on Tuesday.

"You don't remember everything in life, but you remember moments," Babcock said. "This should be one of those moments you remember."

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch today's 1:00 PM matchup on NBC, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket or AM1270.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89