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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  - 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 - 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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80