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Wings not worried about current skid

Wednesday, 01.16.2008 / 4:14 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings not worried about current skid
DETROIT – Not only was Tuesday’s 5-1 loss the first win for Atlanta at Joe Louis Arena, it also snapped the Red Wings’ league-best streak of 261 consecutive regular-season home games without a loss by more than a three-goal margin. 

The loss on Tuesday stretched the Wings’ winless streak to three straight games that included a 6-5 shootout loss to Minnesota (Jan. 10) and a 3-2 defeat at Ottawa last Saturday.

“We went to Ottawa and got beat by a real good team,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They capitalized on their power play. Prior to that, our specialty teams had played pretty good, and in the last two games we’ve given up five power play goals. That’s an issue.”

The last team to win a game in Detroit by at least four goals was the Chicago Blackhawks, who claimed a 6-1 victory on Nov. 3, 2000.

Ask if there was a trend or some parallels to the outcome of the last three games, Babcock said, “They’re all different, but in reality when you string a couple together they all add up, then you start to question what you do a little bit.”

From a historic aspect, Atlanta’s win might sting a little more.
 
Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa scored the first three goals of Tuesday’s game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hossa’s only the second NHL player ever to score the first three goals of a game against Detroit. The other player to do that was Boston’s Dutch Gainor on March 14, 1929, when the Detroit franchise was known by its original nickname, the Cougars.

Call it s mini-slump, but forward Henrik Zetterberg said the Wings will have this situation solved soon.
 
“Of course you don’t want to lose three straight,” Zetterberg said. “You can call it a little slump. We lost three in a row earlier in the season too and we bounced back from that. There’s nothing else that you have to do, but go out and play a good game tomorrow.”

The league-leading Wings (33-10-4) host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

The Wings didn’t practice that long on Wednesday, and they won’t overload or sulk about the things that haven’t worked in the last week.

“Re-focus mentally,” Zetterberg said. “Just have a good practice today and come back here tomorrow with fresh minds and be ready to go.”.

NOTEBOOK: Right win Dallas Drake missed Wednesday's practice at Joe Louis Arena. He hasn't practiced since injurying his right knee in the third period of Saturday's game in Ottawa.

"It's still really sore, but it's made some good progress over the last few days," Drake said. "I was hoping to skate today, and maybe tomorrow, but it obviously wasn't ready."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59