Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings makes a save on Dale Weise of the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph by: Dave Reginek, NHLI via Getty Images
The Beloved Wings host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at The Joe and hope to extend their home winning streak to 24 consecutive games. The Canucks, OTOH, hope to end it... which will make for a VERY interesting game. Some words from the Canucks home press (The Vancouver-based Province):
DETROIT -- Like anyone needs another reason to look forward to a game between the Red Wings and Canucks.
They are the two best teams in the league, based on points.
They play two of the most exciting styles and employ some of the game's most exciting players.
And now history is on the line.
Short of a Western Conference final, it doesn't get better than this: The Canucks have a chance to end the Wings' amazing string of 23 straight wins at home.
Think about that for a moment, those 23 wins in a row at Joe Louis Arena.
The Canucks this season are in the top 25 percentile of home wins and their biggest streak is four victories in a row.
Well... of course the Canucks want to the end the streak... who wouldn't? I'm thinkin' Vancouver's just another brick in the wall because the Wings have played some pretty tough teams during that 23-game run... contenders in the Western Conference like the Preds, the Blues, and the Sharks, as well as contenders from the East, most recently Philadelphia. So, yeah, Vancouver will be tough but no tougher than any other team. Why? Because EVERY team brings their "A" game when they play the Wings. Every. Single. One.