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Wings on verge of setting another NHL mark

Team can be the first in 30 years to win 50-games in four straight seasons

Wednesday, 03.25.2009 / 8:48 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings on verge of setting another NHL mark
DETROIT – The Red Wings are a win away from doing something no other NHL team has accomplished in 30 years.

With 49 wins already, the earliest the Wings can reach the 50-win plateau for the fourth straight season is Friday at home against the New York Islanders.

The Montreal Canadiens are the last team to string together four 50-plus win seasons, achieving the feat between 1975-76 and 1978-79. In that time, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup four times.

The Boston Bruins were the first NHL team to compile four straight 50-win seasons, doing so from 1970-71 to 1973-74. During that span, the Bruins managed to win the Cup once, defeating the New York Rangers in the 1972 Cup finals.

Since Mike Babcock took over as the Wings’ head coach prior to the 2005-06 season, Detroit has compiled an amazing 211-72-37 record – that’s an impressive .717 winning percentage. They won the Presidents’ Trophy twice and certainly remain in contention for the league’s overall points race against this season, which would give them their seventh President's crown since 1994-95.

Prior to Tuesday's action, the Wings' magic number for clinching their eighth straight Central Division crown was down to five. Any combination of Wings' points and points lost by Chicago, will give the Wings their 12th division title in the last 15 seasons. If the Wings win both road games this season, the Blackhawks will not have enough games to catch up in the standings.

Last season, the Wings posted their fifth 50-win campaign in franchise history, finishing with a 54-21-7 record, which was good for 115 points. In 2005-06, the Wings finished 58-16-8 (124 points) and in 2006-07 they posted a 50-19-13 (113 points) mark.

Last spring marked only the fourth time in NHL history that a team won 50 or more games in three consecutive seasons. It was the first time that an NHL coach has guided his team to three-straight 50-win campaigns in his first three seasons with a team.

Since their team streak began, the Wings also set a league mark for most consecutive road wins when they rattled off 12 straight away from Joe Louis Arena during the 2005-06 season.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89