DETROIT -- The only way to assemble the kind of home-ice roll the Detroit Red Wings currently are riding is to have the narrowest focus possible.
They've won 20 straight games at Joe Louis Arena, which tied the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers for the NHL record -- and might not be done yet. The Wings will host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a chance to become the only team in League history to win more than 20 in a row on home ice, but if you think they might risk upper-body injuries patting themselves on the back, think again.
Their approach to the streak has been simple, yet incredibly effective. They never get too far ahead of themselves with it and they rarely take a peek over their shoulders to admire what they've done. Their focus is incredibly narrow, going from game-to-game down to period-by-period down to shift-by shift.
"Obviously, it's incredible to win that many in a row at home," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after Sunday's win against the Flyers tied the record. "It's unbelievable that you've managed to do that. We don't really look at it like that. We look at it like you only won one, so that's the approach we take. That's what we'll try to do again on Tuesday. The reality is all these things you accomplish are important later in life."
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That might be true for them, but hockey has many fans and this streak is important to them right now. Fans and media don’t have to be so singularly focused. So, let’s take a peek at the Red Wings’ streak, broken down by numbers:
0 -- Visiting teams to leave Joe Louis Arena happy since Nov. 3, when the Calgary Flames beat the Red Wings there 4-1.
1 -- Number of standings points that separates first-place Detroit from the New York Rangers for the top spot in the overall NHL standings.
2 -- Teams the Red Wings have defeated during the streak that have amassed more than 70 points nearly three-quarters of the way through the regular season (St. Louis, 75; Nashville, 70).
2 -- Number of goalies to record wins during the streak, with Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard logging the first 17 and backup Joey MacDonald the last three after Howard was injured.
2 -- Number of times during the streak the Red Wings wore their white uniforms on home ice and still came out victorious (Feb. 10 vs. Anaheim, Feb. 12 vs. Philadelphia).
3 -- Number of times Detroit beat St. Louis, the team nipping at the Wings' heels in the Central Division standings, during the streak.
3 -- Number of teams beaten in the streak that have 30 or more wins with roughly 25 games left in the regular season.
3 -- Number of shootout wins during the streak
4 -- Number of teams the Red Wings have beaten multiple times during the streak: Anaheim, Edmonton and Phoenix twice each, and St. Louis three times.
4 -- Number of Howard's five shutouts that have come during the streak.
4 -- Number of Stanley Cup-winning coaches the Wings have beaten during the streak: Chicago's Joel Quenneville (2010 Blackhawks), former Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle (2007 Ducks), Philadelphia's Peter Laviolette (2006 Hurricanes), and St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock (1999 Stars).
4 -- Number of teams beaten in the streak who have changed coaches mid-season (Anaheim, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Columbus).
5 -- Number of teams defeated during the streak that now have losing records.
5 -- Number of Johan Franzen's League-leading 10 game-winning goals that came on home ice during the streak.
5 -- Number of Tomas Holmstrom's 8 goals this season that have come during the streak, all on the power play.
6 -- Number of Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom's 10 goals this season that were scored during the streak.
6 -- Number of times the Red Wings have scored five goals in a game during the streak.
6 -- Number of times Detroit has won by scoring just three goals during the streak.
6 -- Number of times the Wings won by just one goal in the streak.
8 -- Number of opponents beaten in the streak who have more than 60 points in the standings with about 25 games left in the regular season.
11 -- Goals scored in nine games of the streak by Detroit's leading goal-scorer Johan Franzen, who has 22 goals on the season.
12 -- Number of games during the streak in which a defenseman has scored a goal.
15 -- Number of teams defeated during the streak.
15 -- Number of Lidstrom's 29 points accrued during the streak.
17 -- Total number of Stanley Cups combined won by the 15 organizations defeated during the streak. That's just six more than the Red Wings' 11.
19 -- Number of goals scored by defensemen during the streak.
20 -- Rating during the streak for Detroit defenseman Ian White, who is plus-28 for the season.
21 -- Number of Valtteri Filppula's 43 points (7 goals, 14 assists) that have come during the streak.