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Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


Advantage Margin            +34


Not surprisingly, the Wings' margin was built at home: They drew 37 more power plays than their opponents in 41 games at Joe Louis Arena, while actually allowing three more advantages than they got on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +49       

The Wings allowed just 106 goals at full strength and 111 with the teams playing at even strength, fewer than any team except Anaheim. They also tied Philadelphia for the League lead with 13 goals while playing 4-on-4.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        +24   

Percentage-wise, Detroit's special teams were actually better on the road, finishing second on the power play (20.7, matching their home performance) and fourth in penalty-killing (84.8, compared with 83.1 at home).

Goals by defensemen            40

Having both Brian Rafalski (13 goals) and Nicklas Lidstrom (10, plus 60 assists) is almost unfair. Few teams can muster that kind of firepower on the blue line.

Overtime Record             Total: 7-2-5 | OT: 2-2 | SO: 5-5

The Wings were much better at home (4-2) than on the road (1-3) in shootouts, mostly because their goaltenders allowed seven goals in 13 attempts away from Joe Louis Arena.
   

DETROIT RED WINGS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 115
(1st West/1st NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +2
Home Points 61
(1st West/1st NHL)
Away Points 54
(2nd West/3rd NHL)
Times Scored First            50, Record        43-5-2       

Detroit led all teams by scoring first in 29 of its 41 home games, and turned its early leads into more points (88) than anyone else.

Best 07-08 Number             70

Number of games the Wings outshot their opponents, by far the most in the League. The Wings were 50-15-5 when they had more shots than the opposition; they were outshot only eight times (going 2-4-2).

Worst 07-08 Number          4-4-1       

Detroit's record on Fridays, the only day of the week that the Wings didn't have a winning record. Their best day was Wednesday, when they went 12-0-0 before losing their last game.
   
Scheduling

The Wings get to do a lot of traveling early, with a five-game Western trip in October and a three-game swing through Western Canada before Thanksgiving. After that, they get 10 of the next 13 at home; they also have six of their last eight games at Joe Louis Arena.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose



Quote of the Day

Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis