Detroit forward Darren Helm scored two goals on Wednesday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
It was Detroit’s 28th win since they began hosting games on New Year’s Eve in 1957.
After a scoreless first period, New Jersey rookie Joe Whitney opened the game’s scoring with 4:23 left in the second. Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith turned the puck over to Tim Sestito, who moved it to Whitney in the left faceoff circle for a snap past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.
Helm got the Red Wings on the board 2:19 later, tucking the puck past New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider on a falling wraparound attempt.
With 5:01 left in the third period, Henrik Zetterberg deflected a Niklas Kronwall shot past Schneider to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.
Helm rounded out the scoring just 36 seconds later, speeding around Eric Gelinas for a partial breakaway and putting a backhander past Schneider while being hooked.
Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit getting four chances to New Jersey’s three.
Howard stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced. Schneider made 25 saves on 28 shots.
The Red Wings begin a six-game road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.
Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet replaced the injured Jakub Kindl in the lineup… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.