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Mini-GDT- Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs


- Tonight marks the 646th all-time meeting between DET and TOR
- Tonight marks the 2nd of 4 meetings this season between DET and TOR, 1st of 2 in DET
- DET’s all-time record vs. TOR: 275-273-93-3
- DET’s all-time home record vs. TOR: 170-107-46-2
- DET and TOR have not been division rivals since 1997-98
- Daniel Alfredsson has 72 points (33-39-72) in 81 games vs. TOR
- Pavel Datsyuk has 13 points (1-12-13) in 10 games vs. TOR

- TOR was the only team Datsyuk had not scored against until his goal at TOR on 12/21
- Patrick Eaves has 10 points (4-6-10) in 19 games vs. TOR
- Todd Bertuzzi has 28 points (14-14-28) in 25 games vs. TOR
- Jonas Gustavsson was 39-45-15 with a 2.98 GAA and 5 SO in 107 games with TOR from 2009-12
- TOR F Phil Kessel played for the USNTDP in Ann Arbor from 2003-05
- TOR F James Van Riemsdyk played for the USNTDP in Ann Arbor from 2005-07
- TOR D John-Michael Liles had 138 points (44-94-138) in 162 games with Michigan State from 1999-03

After his recall yesterday, today will mark center Luke Glendening’s fifth outdoor game:
- 2/6/10 –with Michigan Wolverines vs. Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI
- 12/11/10 –with Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium
- 1/15/12 –with Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
- 12/30/13 –with Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Toronto Marlies at Comerica Park (2 goals)
- DET’s power play ranks 11th in the NHL at 19.3%
- DET’s penalty kill is 8th in the NHL at 84.4%
- DET has won only 54.2% of its games when scoring first, 5th-worst in the NHL
- DET has the 7th-worst winning % in the NHL when leading after 1 period: 0.611
- DET has the 2nd-worst winning % in the NHL when leading after 2 periods: 0.600
- DET has been on the PK 40:10 longer than on the PP, 3rd-lowest differential in the NHL (2. LA –44:09, 1. BOS –44:32)
- DET is 5th in with 301 takeaways, trailing CAR (417), CHI (358), NYI (326) and WSH (306)
- DET had lost 6 shootouts this season and an NHL record 11 straight overall (last W: 2/28/13 at SJ), before a 12/21 win at TOR
- DET had lost 11 straight home OT games, the longest streak in the NHL since 1986-87, before a 12/19 win vs. CGY
- DET’s last home OT win before 12/19: 1/14/12 vs. Chicago
- DET has won 3 of its last 18 home games (3-9-6)
- Kyle Quincey –300th NHL game, 10/15 vs. CBJ
- Quincey –100th NHL point, 10/30 at VAN
- Niklas Kronwall –200th NHL assist, 11/1 at CGY
- Mike Babcock –800th NHL game as head coach, 11/1 at CGY
- Stephen Weiss –250th NHL assist, 11/4 vs. WPG
- Pavel Datsyuk –800th NHL game, 11/16 at NYI (14th Wing to 800 games)
- Henrik Zetterberg –700th NHL point, 11/24 at BUF
- Daniel Alfredsson –1,200th NHL game, 11/29 at NYI
- Mikael Samuelsson –300th game with DET, 12/6 at NJ
- Dan Cleary –900th NHL game, 12/10 at FLA
- Jonathan Ericsson –300th NHL game, 12/12 at TB
- Daniel Alfredsson –700th NHL assist, 12/19 vs. CGY
- Jonas Gustavsson –50th NHL win, 12/19 vs. CGY
- Niklas Kronwall –Passed Slava Kozlov and tied Shawn Burr for 23rd in DET history with 214 assists on 12/30
- Pavel Datsyuk –1 point to 800
- Stephen Weiss –2 points to 400, 3 goals to 150
- Mikael Samuelsson –3 assists to 200
- Mike Babcock –6 wins to 400 with DET
 6-10-6 (27th) RECORD 12-4-3 (5th)
46 (T27th) GOALS FOR 60 (5th)
64 (T25th) GOALS AGAINST 47 (T4th)
19.8% (12th) POWER PLAY 18.5% (11th)
82.3% (20th) PENALTY KILL 86.7% (5th)
6-12-18 in 15 GP ZETTERBERG 6-9-15 in 15 GP
6-9-15 in 19 GP DATSYUK 9-8-17 in 15 GP
4-7-11 in 18 GP ALFREDSSON 6-12-18 in 17 GP
3-6-9 in 17 GP FRANZEN 6-7-13 in 13 GP
2-5-6, 2.77 GAA, 0.905 SV% HOWARD 4-4-1, 2.76 GAA, 0.907 SV%
4-3-0, 2.69 GAA, 0.903 SV% GUSTAVSSON 7-0-2, 2.17 GAA, 0.923 SV%

January 1, 2009 –Detroit beats the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Current Red Wings who played in
that game include Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen.

Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (839) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 726
regular season victories and 113 playoff wins are both tops in the NHL over that span.

Most GF Game: 6, Nov. 27 vs. BOS
Most GF Period: 3, five times (MR: Dec. 30 at NSH, 3rd)
Most SOG Game: 47, Nov. 21 vs. CAR
Most SOG Period: 18, Nov. 21 vs. CAR, 3rd
Fewest SOG Game: 18, Dec. 17 vs. ANA
Fewest SOG Period: 3, twice (MR: Dec. 14 vs. PIT, 3rd)
Most PPG Game: 3, Oct. 12 vs. PHI
Most PIM Game: 23, Nov. 23 vs. OTT
Fewest PIM Game: 2, twice (MR: Dec. 23 vs. NYI)
Fastest Consecutive Goals: 0:27, Nov. 2 at EDM (Helm, Tatar)
Fastest Goal, Start of Game: 0:17, Nov. 21 vs. CAR (Nyquist)
Fastest Goal, Start of Period: 0:12, Nov. 29 at NYI (Alfredsson)

Most Goals: 2, 13 times (MR: Alfredsson, Dec. 19 vs. CGY)
Most Assists: 3, six times (MR: Datsyuk, Dec. 19 vs. CGY
Most Points: 3, 12 times (MR: Alfredsson and Datsyuk, Dec. 19 vs. CGY)
Most SOG: 10, Zetterberg, Oct. 4 at CAR
Most PIM: 15, Quincey, Dec. 17 vs. ANA
Most TOI: 28:54, Kronwall, Nov. 12 vs. WPG
Most Hits: 7, twice (MR: Abdelkader, Oct. 12 vs. PHI)
Most Blocked Shots: 6, Kronwall, Dec. 1 at OTT
Most Saves: 43, Howard, Nov. 4 vs. WPG


- Dion Phaneuf leads all Toronto players in career points (14) and penalty minutes (22) in 21 games against Detroit.
- Joffrey Lupul leads all Toronto players in career goals (8) in 16 games against Detroit.
- Jay McClement leads all Toronto players in career games played (44) and assists (9) in 44 games against Detroit.
- Phil Kessel has eight career points (4 goals, 4 assists) in seven games against Detroit.
- Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson played 107 games with Toronto over three seasons (2009-10 to 2011-12), posting a 39-45-15 record with a 2.98 goals against average and five shutouts.

- The cities of Detroit and Toronto are separated by approx. 230 miles (370 km), with fans on both sides of the border routinely making the 4.5 hour drive to support the visiting team. The border linking Detroit with Windsor, ON, is the busiest among all Canada-U.S. border crossings.
- Many communities in southwestern Ontario (Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham) are closer to Detroit than Toronto and are home to fans of both teams. There also are divided loyalties in the largest city in the region –London, ON –which is the midpoint of the drive.
- The city of Hamilton, ON –40 miles southwest of Toronto –was home to the Red Wings-sponsored major junior team in the 1960s and 70s.
- Many fans in the Detroit metro region were able to receive the over-the-air signal of the Windsor CBC television affiliate and became familiar with the Maple Leafs through Saturday night broadcasts of “Hockey Night in Canada.”

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RWBill's avatar

I looked like a tick about to pop yesterday.  Similar configuration today.

A tick about to pop

Posted by RWBill on 01/01/14 at 10:15 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh geez, RWBill, I’m jealous!  Enjoy every single moment of this day.

Can’t wait to watch.

Thanks, Paul. Happy New Year to you, and the 19+.


Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 01/01/14 at 10:30 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Those Alumni Games were a blast! So many memories brought back seeing those greats. Palmateer was diving around making saves like a 20 yr kid again, lol. Fun to see those goalies again pre- butterfly style which is about all we see in NHL these days.
How are the Red Wings 5th in takeaways yet:
DET has the 2nd-worst winning % in the NHL when leading after 2 periods: 0.600
????????? Ugh.
This team needs Fetisov, Rafalski, Lidstroms to give these current defenders some tips.
Close enough to border so I don’t have to listen to emrick/eddie o and creepy pierre call this game. My hangover needs a W and low volume low pitch voices, hehe.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 01/01/14 at 12:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Boss.  Raising an Irish Coffee to the GDT this morning.  Slainte.

Yesterday’s Alumni (dear Gord, I’m hungover typing and re-typing) Showdown games were the perfect warmups and their respective scores may reflect today’s very important game.  We need the flippin’ points…and badly.

No matter what or how, we have to get these two points.

Go Wings.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/01/14 at 12:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And stay warm and toasty, Bill.  Glad you’re there having the best times.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/01/14 at 12:36 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

I looked like a tick about to pop yesterday.  Similar configuration today.

Stay-pufft and warm, Bill wink

Thanks RM.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/01/14 at 12:56 PM ET

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