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Mini GDT- Detroit vs. Colorado

RedMenace is under the weather today so here I am.  Game starts just after 8:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit, NHL NET US and Altitude.

The Nick Lidstrom sweater retirement ceremony starts on FoxSports Detroit at 6:30pm.

DETROIT RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP
- Tonight is the 115th all-time meeting between DET and COL
- DET’s all-time record vs. COL: 63-41-5-5
- DET’s all-time home record vs. COL: 34-17-1-4
- DET was 3-0-0 vs. COL in 2012-13
- DET won the 1st meeting of the season 4-2 on 10/17 (Franzen and Datsyuk each had 2 goals for DET; Johnson and Landeskog scored for COL)
- Justin Abdelkader scored his first NHL regular-season goal against COL, 10/17/09
- Daniel Alfredsson has 18 points (4-14-18) in 19 games vs. COL
- Todd Bertuzzi has 39 points (13-26-39) in 59 games vs. COL
- Pavel Datsyuk has 43 points (17-26-43) in 40 games vs. COL
- Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut against COL, 4/5/13
- Johan Franzen has 3 career hat tricks against COL: 4/26/08 (playoffs), 5/1/08 (playoffs) and 11/8/11

- Franzen has 33 points (24-9-33) in a combined 32 regular season and playoff games against COL
- Franzen has 7 points (4-3-7) in 3 games since returning from injury –tying for the NHL lead in post-Olympic Break points
- Franzen was named the NHL’s 1st Star of the Week on 3/3 (2. NJ Henrique; 3. MIN Kuemper)
- Franzen has 6 career hat tricks after his 3 goals on 2/27 at OTT
- Jimmy Howard is 7-2-1 with a 2.51 GAA and .909 SV% vs. COL
- Kyle Quincey played 154 games for COL from 2009-12, logging 53 points (11-42-53)
- COL head coach Patrick Roy last appeared at Joe Louis Arena over 10 years ago (3/15/03 at DET), making 33 saves in a 5-3 DET victory
- COL F John Mitchell played four seasons for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers from 2001-05
- COL D Erik Johnson played for the US National Development Team in Ann Arbor from 2004-06
- COL D Cory Sarich played 3 games for the IHL’s Detroit Vipers in 2000-01, the franchise’s final season

NO. 5
Regular Season 1,564 Games –264 Goals –878 Assists –1,142 Points –+450 plus/minus –514 PIM
Playoffs 263 Games –54 Goals –129 Assists –183 Points –+61 plus/minus –76 PIM
AWARDS
4-Time Stanley Cup Champion
7-Time Norris Winner
12-Time NHL All-Star
10-Time NHL First All-Star Team
2-Time NHL Second All-Star Team
Led NHL Defensemen in Points 5 Times
1992 NHL All-Rookie Team …2002 Conn Smythe Trophy …2006 Olympic Gold Medal and Olympic All-Star Team …World Championship Gold (1991), Silver (2004) and Bronze (1994)
Member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club –Stanley Cup, World Championship Gold, Olympic Gold
ALL-TIME RANKS
Among NHL defensemen, he ranks 9th in goals, 6th in assists, 6th in points, 5th in power play goals, 5th in games played
Played the 2nd-most NHL Playoff games (263) behind Chris Chelios (266)
Ranks 4th in Red Wings history in points, 3rd in assists, 11th in goals, 2nd in games played
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Never missed the playoffs
1st European-born player to win the Conn Smythe …1st European-born captain to win the Stanley Cup
4th defenseman to win the Norris three years in a row (first European-born) …1st European-born defenseman to reach 1,000 points
Oldest player to win the Norris (41) …Oldest defenseman to record a hat trick (40 years, 210 days)
Most regular season wins played in (900)
Most regular season games spent with only one team (1,564)
Played in every regular season game 7 times …Played 80+ games 14 times in 20 seasons …Missed just 2 playoff games

RECENT/UPCOMING MILESTONES
- Pavel Datsyuk –800th NHL point, 2/8 at TB
- Daniel Alfredsson –Passed Nicklas Lidstrom (1,140) to become the second-highest scoring Swedish player ever (1. Mats Sundin,1,349), 2/8 at TB
- Franchise –3,000th home game –1/31 vs. WSH
- Franchise –6,000th game –2/8 at TB
- Franchise –3,000th road game –2/26 at MTL
- Joakim Andersson –2 games to 100
- Brendan Smith –2 games to 100

THIS DATE IN RED WINGS HISTORY
March 6, 1996 –Chris Osgood becomes the second goalie in NHL history to shoot and score a goal in a regular-season game, doing so against an empty net versus Hartford. Since that date, goaltenders have combined to score 10 goals, with four of those coming on direct shots from the netminder.

SELLOUT STREAK CONTINUES AT THE JOE
Detroit’s home sellout streak improved to 132 games after its last home game vs. VAN. The streak includes an NHL-record crowd of 105,491 who attended the 2014 NHL Winter Classic vs. TOR on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

2013-14 REGULAR SEASON INDIVIDUAL STATS
Most Goals: 3, twice (MR: Franzen, Feb. 27 at OTT)
Most Assists: 3, nine times (MR: Kronwall, Feb. 27 at OTT)
Most Points: 4, Nyquist, Feb. 2 at WSH
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, three times (MR: Jurco, Jan. 22 vs. CHI)
Most Blocked Shots: 6, Kronwall, Dec. 1 at OTT
Most Saves: 47, Howard, Jan. 16 at NYR
Longest Goal Streak: 4, Nyquist, Jan. 20-26
Longest Assist Streak: 5, Kronwall, Nov. 23-Dec. 1
Longest Point Streak: 6, three times (MR: Franzen, Nov. 24-Dec. 6)

COLORADO AVALANCE

AVS REACH 40 WINS FASTER THAN ANY TEAM IN FRANCHISE HISTORY; WRAP UP TWO-GAME TRIP IN DETROIT
The Colorado Avalanche wraps up a two-game road trip tonight in Detroit against the Red Wings. The Avs opened the trip with a 4-2 victory in Chicago on Tuesday. The Avs have reached 40 wins faster than any team in franchise history, doing so in their 62nd game. Colorado is 13-5-0 in its last 18 contests and 17-6-1 in its last 24. The Avs have the most wins (17) and points (35) of any NHL team since Dec. 31. Colorado is 8-3-0 in its last 11 road games and 19-9-2 away from home this year (.667).

FASTEST TO 40 WINS FRANCHISE HISTORY
2013-14 62nd game
2000-01 63rd game
1996-97 64th game

AVALANCHE & RED WINGS
The Avalanche and Red Wings are meeting for the second and final time this season. Detroit won the first matchup 4-2 on Oct. 17 in Denver. This year marks the first time that Colorado and Detroit will compete in opposition conferences since the Avs relocated from Quebec in 1995. The Avalanche/Nordiques are 46-58-10 all-time versus the Red Wings, 25-38-6 since moving to Denver.

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Comments

dougie's avatar

This is the day I’ve been waiting for. What’s done is done, whether for good, bad, or indifferent. Honestly, I have exactly zero opinion one way or the other about the Wings
deadline day decisions. Zilch.

Now, let’s line ‘em up and play hockey, and see how it sorts itself out!

Game On.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by dougie on 03/06/14 at 10:53 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Now, let’s line ‘em up and play hockey, and see how it sorts itself out!

Yep. Regardless of the names on the back of the sweater its time to get at it.
All aboard for the stretch run to the playoffs.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/06/14 at 10:59 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Boss.  A cup of Kona cawfee salute to the GDT.  Na zdrowie.

Here’s hoping I can get the ceremonies here in Vegas.

Our two points, Wings.  OUR.TWO.POINTS.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/14 at 01:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

All aboard for the stretch run to the playoffs.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/06/14 at 10:59 AM ET

I long for the days when we were getting ready to clinch a spot by March something. Not fighting it out to secure a “wild card”. Shameful….............

Missing the Playoffs is NOT AN OPTION! 

Thanks, Red.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/14 at 01:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Just a quick 47-minute video of TPH’s playoff heroics thanks to the ever wonderful awood.  Again, if you have a YouTube account, please sub his channel.  It’s LOADED with so many great Wings memories of the last 25 years.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/14 at 01:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh, that was just part two.  Here’s Part One.  It’s a little over an hour long, but it’s a great primer for tonight’s ceremonies.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/06/14 at 01:34 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Eating Buddy’s Pizza with Bell’s Two-Hearted right now, Welcome to Michigan!

Doors open at 5:30 I think.  Time to enjoy this.  Buddy’s is awesome.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/06/14 at 03:01 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Dammit RWB, now I am hungry.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/06/14 at 03:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

It is incredible Pablo!

About 4 years since I had Buddy’s.  They have a big sign in this store here “Made in Detroit” .

Indeed.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/06/14 at 03:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Buddys Pizza Livonia

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/06/14 at 03:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Eating Buddy’s Pizza with Bell’s Two-Hearted right now, Welcome to Michigan!

Doors open at 5:30 I think.  Time to enjoy this.  Buddy’s is awesome.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/06/14 at 03:01 PM ET

Karen Newman, in the flesh.(I wonder if she knows she’s in the flesh?) Just had to give it that little extra…......... wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/06/14 at 05:11 PM ET

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