The Low Down On D-Town (Feb 14)
Published February 14, 2012 • 1 comment
BY CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Staff Reporter
Detroit had some big news and games this past week. Comerica Park is involved with some big news, the Pistons have increased their winning streak, and the Red Wings are tied for an NHL record 20 consecutive home wins.
Detroit Tigers: The team doesn’t have much news, but the place they play made headlines this past week. Comerica Park will host the 2012 Hockeytown Winterfest during the final week of 2012, leading up to the 2013 NHL Winter Classic in The Big House in Ann Arbor.
Detroit Pistons: The Detroit Pistons are on a surprising four game winning streak. Last week, you heard that they beat the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Hornets. This week, they have beaten the New Jersey Nets twice, both at home and away.
They traveled to New Jersey last Wednesday, and defeated the Nets 99-92. Greg Monroe led the team with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey contributed with six rebounds and two steals to lead the team as well. The Pistons traveled back to Auburn Hills, and took on the same team this past Friday on Star Wars Night.
It seems that the force was strong with the Pistons, beating the Nets for the second game in a row 109-92. Jonas Jerebko stepped up and contributed 20 points for the Pistons, while Monroe had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and two steals. Brandon Knight, in his first game back after breaking his nose against the Hornets, had 13 points and five assists in 17 minutes of play.
Their four game winning streak was snapped by the Washington Wizards, 98-77. Their offense sputtered at best, with Monroe leading the team with 27 points.
The Pistons will look to start a new winning streak against the San Antonio Spurs on Valentine’s Day in Auburn Hills at 6:00pm.
Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have tied an NHL record. They now have 20 consecutive wins at home, tying the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.
They continued their streak by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, with Joey MacDonald in the net. Johan Franzen, Cory Emmerton, Drew Miller, and Henrik Zetterberg all had goals, while Sam Gagner had both for the Oilers.
The Anaheim Ducks were the next opponent in the Red Wings path, and that game went to a shootout. It was a tight game, with many chances for both teams. Justin Abdelkader had the lone goal in regulation, and George Parros contributed one for the Ducks. Overtime was full of chances, but nothing went in. Then came the shootout. Pavel Datsyuk scored first, followed by Teemu Selanne for the Ducks. A couple of saves for each goaltender followed,and then Todd Bertuzzi scored what was to be the game winner. Joey MacDonald stopped Bobby Ryan on the Ducks’ final chance, securing the win for the Red Wings.
Win number 20 was within their grasp at Joe Louis Arena this past Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have won one time since 1989 at The Joe. “Joey Mac” got the start again for the Red Wings with Howard still out with a broken finger, and Ty Conklin backing him up. Niklas Kronwall got the scoring going early with goal number 12 on the season. Brayden Schenn of the Flyers scored the next two, one at the end of the first period, and one at the beginning of the second period.
The Red Wings answered as Datsyuk put one behind Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to tie the game at two. Max Talbot put the Flyers up and the Red Wings answered again with a goal from Zetterberg. Franzen scored the game winner a minute into the third period with some tic-tac-toe passing. The Red Wings will now look to break the record and win 21 consecutive home games on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30pm against the Dallas Stars. Go Wings!
Winter Classic: The Detroit Red Wings have been awarded the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. The game will be played in Michigan Stadium, on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rest of the events will be held at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit, called the Hockeytown Winterfest. There will be an Alumni game, AHL games, OHL games, the GLI, other college games, high school and youth games, and an open rink for skating. Tickets are not on sale yet, but attendance is expected to exceed 115,000, which would be a record crowd for watching an NHL game.