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Wings a game off last season's record pace

Saturday, 01.10.2009 / 9:00 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings a game off last season\'s record pace
DETROIT – Despite a few roster changes from last season’s Stanley Cup championship team, the Red Wings have been on par in the victory category through this season’s halfway mark.

The Red Wings reached the midway point of the NHL season Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit now has 29 victories at the 41-game halfway point of the regular-season. Last season, the Red Wings’ 30-8-3 record set a new NHL mark for highest win total ever after 41 games.

The Wings’ league record was a short-lived one as they have been joined by the Boston Bruins (30-7-4) and San Jose Sharks (30-5-5), who equaled the 30-win plateau this season. The Sharks -- led by new head coach Todd McLellan, who spent the last three seasons with the Red WIngs as an assistant coach -- can leapfrog the Wings' record with a win Saturday night at Vancouver.

An obvious change for the Wings has been the way they have won this season. Last year, the Wings were the kings of blowout win, raking-up 22 wins at margins of three goals or more.

This year, the Wings’ noticeable winning trend has been of the one-goal variety. Detroit is 15-3-5 in one-goal games – that’s a .760 winning percentage, which is a far cry from how they fared in one-goal games last season (18-11-7).

The Wings’ special teams continue to lead the league. It’s been a staple of Mike Babcock’s philosophy since he arrived in Hockeytown 3 1/2 years ago. Through their 41-games, the Wings’ power play has scored 27.9 percent (48-of-175) of the time.

Individually, the Wings have several players among the league leaders in many statistical categories, Prior to Saturday's game, Pavel Datsyuk, who last week was selected to play in his third All-Star Game, tops the league in takeaways with 48, he ranks eighth in assists (29) and seventh in points (47). Forward Johan Franzen is fourth in game-winning goals (five) and back-up goalie Ty Conklin ranks fifth with four shutouts.

Wings newcomer Marian Hossa, who signed a one-year contract with the team in July, leads Detroit with 20 goals. Franzen and Datsyuk have 18 goals each, with Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler with 16 goals apiece.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
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