RED WINGS SOAR TO TOP OF EAST . . .
Tomas Tatar (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points (Jan. 17 against the Nashville Predators) and Petr Mrazek made 22 saves to guide the Detroit Red Wings to their third straight victory and propel the, into first place in the Eastern Conference.
* At 31-12-9 (71 points), the Red Wings leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning (33-16-5, 71 points) – who lost in regulation against Los Angeles – for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Detroit holds two games in hand, but Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 31, DET: 29).
* Tatar is tied for second on the Red Wings with 23-16—39 in 52 GP, matching a career high set in 73 games last season (19-20—39). His team-leading 23rd goal was his sixth game-winner, placing him one off the NHL lead shared by four players.
* Mrazek improved to 8-1-0 in 10 starts since Jimmy Howard was injured on Jan. 10, matching his win total from his first 20 career games (8-8-1). He is 13-4-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 19 appearances this season.