Postgame Randomness: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 10/25

I missed most of tonight’s game so I won’t try a recap.  Instead I’m just going to restate a random fact I was tweeting about after the game.

With this win, the Red Wings are now 5-2 on the season.  That makes this is the first season that Detroit has ever started 0-2 and then won five in a row to go to 5-2.

The only other time the franchise ever went 4-2 after starting with a pair of losses was their first-ever season, the 1926-27 campaign as the Detroit Cougars.

That means that the only two times Detroit has ever started 0-2 and then rattled off four consecutive wins were in 1926 and 2016.  Both seasons were their last in their then-current arena (Border Cities Arena then, Joe Louis Arena now).  Both seasons featured a 4-1 loss to the league’s southernmost team in Game Two (the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926, the Florida Panthers in 2016).  Both of the winning streaks included a one-goal win over the New York Rangers.

Obviously this means absolutely nothing.  I just think it’s kind of interesting.

Pregame: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 10/25

After a successful weekend with back-to-back wins over the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, the Red Wings are back at it again tonight hosting the Carolina Hurricanes.

Detroit will be without Justin Abdelkader for the second game in a row.  He returned to practice today but his middle-body injury will keep him out of the game.

With Abdelkader out, the only lineup change will be Petr Mrazek starting instead of Jimmy Howard.

The game marks Detroit draft pick Martin Frk‘s first NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, after having been claimed via waivers by the Hurricanes before the start of the season.  He’ll be joined by former Red Wing and previous waiver claim Andrej Nestrasil.

Stupid Stat of the Day:  The Red Wings only have three regular season losses to the Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena.  They’ve all come in the last four times they’ve hosted Carolina.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.