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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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