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- Tonight marks the 117th all-time meeting between DET and BUF
- DET’s all-time record vs BUF: 50-52-13-1
- DET’s all-time home record vs BUF: 35-18-5-1
- DET is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games vs BUF (dating back to 12/10/03)
- Daniel Alfredsson has recorded 84 points (42-42-84) in 89 games vs BUF, his second-highest point total and highest goal total vs any NHL team
- Daniel Alfredsson scored in his NHL debut vs BUF (10/7/95)
- Pavel Datsyuk has 14 points (6-8-14) in 13 games against BUF, his highest total vs any Eastern Conference team
- Jimmy Howard is 3-1 with a 1.15 GAA and .958 SV% in 4 career games vs BUF, his second-highest totals (0.92 GAA vs FLA and .961 SV% vs NYR) vs any NHL team
- Patrick Eaves has played more games vs BUF (23) than any other team, recording 7 points (4-3-7)


- DET is 6-3 in home openers since 2003
- DET is 46-31-9 all time in home openers
- DET is 18-12-2 all time in home openers at Joe Louis Arena
- DET is 2735-2300-815-92 in its 87 seasons (5,942 games)
- DET is 1665-870-390-46 all time at home (2,971 games)
- Justin Abdelkader is 6 PIM shy of 200
- Niklas Kronwall is 8 assists away from 200
- Kyle Quincey is 2 points from 100 in the NHL
- Kyle Quincey is 7 games from 300 in the NHL
- Mikael Samuelsson is 5 assists from 200 in the NHL
- Stephen Weiss is 6 points from 400 in the NHL
- Johan Franzen is 3 points behind Herbie Lewis for 28th in franchise history
- Daniel Cleary is 2 points behind Steve Chiasson for 36th in franchise history
- Niklas Kronwall is 1 point behind Vaclav Nedomansky for 43rd in franchise history


- DET finished 20-0-2 when scoring 3+ goals in a game
- DET was 4-16-6 when scoring 2 goals or fewer
- DET’s PK was 35-38 (92.1%) over the last 12 regular season games
- DET finished 1st in the NHL with 23 home PPG
- DET finished 5th in the NHL with a 2.29 goals against avg. per game
- DET finished 7th in the NHL allowing 27.5 shots per game
- DET lost 243 man games due to injury. In 1994-95 (last 48-game season), DET lost 102.
- DET traveled 28,521 miles for 24 road games in 2012-13
- DET changed time zones 42 times in 2012-13
- Jimmy Howard recorded 3 shutouts in his last 7 regular season games (4/14 at NSH, 4/22 vs PHX and 4/27 at DAL)
- Jimmy Howard finished T-1st in the NHL with 5 shutouts
- Jimmy Howard started 20 of the final 21 games
- Henrik Zetterberg recorded 10 points (2-8-10) in the last 4 games
- Pavel Datsyuk had 8 points (2-6-8) in the last 3 games
- Pavel Datsyuk finished T-1st in the NHL with 56 takeaways
- DET earned its 22nd consecutive postseason berth, which stands as the longest active streak in North American major professional sports (1991-present)


October 2, 1955 –Detroit’s Dutch Reibel sets NHL All-Star Game record with 10 shots on goal, as the Red Wings defeat the All-Stars 3-1.


Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (821) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 708 regular season victories and 113 playoff wins are both tops in the NHL over that span.


Detroit enters this season with a home sellout streak of 101 games. The current streak began on Dec. 19, 2010 when Detroit hosted the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena. The run hit the century-mark during the Western Conference Semifinals against Chicago.


Most GF Game: 8 (2/24 vs VAN)
Most GA Game: 7 (3/31 vs CHI)
Most GF Period: 4 (1/25 vs MIN, 2nd)
Most GA Period: 3 (6x, MR: 4/4 at PHX, 2nd)
Most PPG Game: 3 (2x, MR: 4/22 vs PHX)
Most PPGA Game: 4 (1/19 at STL)
Most SOG Game: 42 (1/21 at CBJ)
Most SOG Against Game: 47 (2/10 vs LA)
Most SOG Period: 20 (1/22 vs DAL, 3rd)
Most SOG Against Period: 23 (2/10 vs LA, 2nd)
Fewest SOG Game: 14 (1/19 at STL)
Fewest SOG Period: 1 (2/13 vs STL, 3rd)
Fewest SOG Against Game: 14 (4/20 at VAN)
Fewest SOG Against Period: 2 (3x, MR: 4/20 at VAN, 3rd)
Most PIM Game: 30 (1/19 at STL)
Fewest PIM Game: 0 (2x, MR: 3/31 vs CHI)


Most Goals Game: 3 (2x, MR: Abdelkader 3/22 at ANA)
Most Assists Game: 3 (6x, MR: Zetterberg 4/22 vs PHX)
Most Points Game: 5 (Zetterberg (3-2-5) 2/1 vs STL)
Most SOG Game: 9 (Zetterberg 1/22 vs DAL)
Most PIM Game: 17 (Tootoo 2/21 vs CBJ)
Most TOI Game: 28:28 (Kronwall 1/21 at CBJ)
Most Hits Game: 8 (Abdelkader 4/11 vs SJ)
Most Blocked Shots Game: 7 (Huskins 1/25 vs MIN)
Goals: 15 (Datsyuk)
Assists: 37 (Zetterberg)
Points: 49 (Datsyuk)
Plus-Minus: +21 (Datsyuk)
PIM: 78 (Tootoo)
PPG: 8 (Datsyuk)
SHG: 2 (Zetterberg)
GWG: 6 (Datsyuk)
SOG: 173 (Zetterberg)
TOI per game avg.: 24:21 (Kronwall)
Hits: 120 (Abdelkader)
Blocked shots: 83 (Kronwall)
Takeaways: 56 (Datsyuk)
Face-off percentage: 55.4% (Filppula)


DET recorded a shutout:- Home: 4/22/13, 4-0 vs PHX (Howard)
- Away: 4/14/13, 3-0 at NSH (Howard)
DET was shutout:
- Home: 4/7/13, 1-0 vs STL (Elliott)
- Away: 3/28/13, 2-0 at SJ (Niemi)
A DET player scored an OT goal:
- Home: 1/14/12, Bertuzzi vs CHI (Crawford)
- Away: 4/5/13, Datsyuk vs COL (Giguere)
A rival player scored an OT goal:
- Home: 2/13/13, Steen vs STL (Howard)
- Away: 2/19/13, S. Weber at NSH (Gustavsson)
A DET player had a 3-goal game:
- Home: 2/1/13, Zetterberg vs STL (Halak/EN)
- Away: 3/22/13, Abdelkader at ANA (Fasth/Hiller)
A rival player had a 3-goal game:
- Home: 3/7/09, R. Nash vs CBJ (Osgood/Conklin)
- Away: 3/7/10, Ladd at CHI (Howard)
A DET player had a 4-goal game:
- Home: 3/15/01, Shanahan vs CGY
- Away: 12/2/95, Kozlov at MTL
A rival player had a 4-goal game:
- Home: 4/2/09, Backes vs STL
- Away: 2/24/04, D. Sedin at VAN
A DET player had a 5-goal game:
- Home: 12/26/96, Fedorov vs WSH
- Away: 2/2/11, Franzen at OTT
A rival player had a 5-goal game:
- Home: Never
- Away: 2/2/77, I. Turnbull at TOR
A DET player had a penalty shot:
- Home: 11/11/10, Modano vs EDM (Khabibulin, save)
- Away: 4/9/10, Helm at CBJ (S. Mason, save)
A rival player had a penalty shot:
- Home: 2/5/13, Iginla vs CGY (Howard, save)
- Away: 4/14/13, Butler at NSH (Howard, save)
A DET player scored a SHG:
- Home: 2/1/13, Zetterberg vs STL (EN)
- Away: 2/19/13, Cleary at NSH (Rinne)
A DET player scored two SHG in one game:
- Home: 12/31/09, Helm vs COL (Anderson/EN)
- Away: 10/10/02, Maltby at SJ (Kiprusoff)

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dougie's avatar

Very nice, Paul. Have you ever considered becoming a professional blogger;-)

Posted by dougie on 10/02/13 at 01:20 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Wow.  Great content Paul.  Thanks!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/02/13 at 01:21 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Paul, you’re a natural smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/02/13 at 01:25 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

DET’s all-time record vs BUF: 50-52-13-1

The Wings have a losing record against the Sabres? Wow, never would have guessed that in a million years.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/02/13 at 01:26 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Woo Hoo-Oct is finally here!

Season Opening Game

Let’s Go RedWings!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 10/02/13 at 01:40 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (821) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 708 regular season victories and 113 playoff wins are both tops in the NHL over that span.

Now this really jumped out at me.  In the Wings’ organization, I trust.

Thanks, Paul!


Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 10/02/13 at 01:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar


tanx!, Paul.

No. 12 in 2014.


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/02/13 at 01:45 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Love the info. Good stuff.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 10/02/13 at 04:24 PM ET

gowings's avatar

wow, great stuff indeed!

Posted by gowings from MTL on 10/02/13 at 04:48 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

- Mikael Samuelsson is 5 assists from 200 in the NHL

reading this today,  knowing that gus will not play in the nhl because of some freaking numbers makes me sad as a hockey fan. but on the other hand, 673 games in 14 seasons is a pattern. even if he sits I don’t know if I will be happy about it, probably not.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 10/02/13 at 04:50 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Very nice, Paul. Thank you. Getting the juices goin’ for some Detroit Red Wings Hockey.  wink

Is it 8:00 yet?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/02/13 at 05:55 PM ET

RhymeTimeWingsDings's avatar

Burgers on the grill tonight.  Buffalo burgers that is…

Posted by RhymeTimeWingsDings on 10/02/13 at 05:56 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

nice with the Buffalo burgers.

Posted by RWBill from the Babcock school of cheese grabbing. on 10/02/13 at 06:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

- DET lost 243 man games due to injury. In 1994-95 (last 48-game season), DET lost 102.

The Wings, I think, were third in that category behind OTT and FLA last year.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 10/02/13 at 07:23 PM ET

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