Originally posted on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 3/21/12

If you thought that things couldn't get any worse then you haven't been watching Red Wings hockey over the last month. The final ten games of the season kicked off Monday night vs Washington with a 30 minute effort that saw the Wings fall 5-3. Tonight they play the east leading New York Rangers at MSG

Puck drops at 7:30 pm on NBCSN

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0 out of 20 points earned. 18 left.

We learned yesterday the Jimmy Howard reaggravated his groin, and with Joey Mac already out with back spasms that left Detroit with one option. Recall Ty Conklin. He's been playing well and building confidence since being sent to GR back in February, but the issue is he will have to clear re-entry waivers. Who would want a guy that went 3-5 with a 3.40 GAA and .878 SV%? Well, a team that would like to kick Detroit while they are down. Chicago? San Jose? the Islanders?

If by noon today another NHL team plucks the Conks of the wire you will see the NHL debut of Jordan Pearce, who has zero NHL experience.

I feel like I have been saying this over and over. The Wings need to win and they need to win now. It's doubtful that they will catch St. Louis at this point, They are tied with Nashville yet have a lower ROW which puts them in 5th, but thats not the worst part. Chicago is now two points back Yes, the same Chicago that we has a comfy 10-12 point lead on for a good chunk of this season.
Here is the silver lining. If Detroit does drop to 6th I would feel very comfortable playing the Stars or the Coyotes if they take over the division. That would leave Nashville and Chicago to beat the crap out of each other. If you really look at the teams that are in it, its not very scary. St. Louis is good, but they are just too fresh to really make a run when REAL hockey starts.

Tonight's game will have to be won even strength. The Rangers have the 29th worst power play and the 5th best Penalty kill. Let's hope the Wings don't give them any gifts.

Full 60 minutes tonight. Same lineup as Monday night.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 4 GP, 0-3-1, 3.78 GAA
Martin Biron — 5 GP, 1-3-0-0, 3.20 GAA
Brad Richards — 20 GP, 6-14-20
Marian Gaborik — 25 GP, 7-11-18

DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 261-210-103-0 all-time vs NYR
DET is 94-134-58-0 all-time at NYR
DET is 3-3-0 in 6 Wednesday games this season
DET is 73-4-4 the last 81 times they've scored 4+ goals in a game

DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
• P. Datsyuk has recorded 5G-12A-17P in 12 games vs Eastern Conference opponents this season
• P. Datsyuk has tallied 2G-5A-7P in 5 Wednesday games this season
• P. Datsyuk is 2 assists behind I. Larionov for 7th place in NHL histroy amongst Russians (475)
• P. Datsyuk's next point will tie him with V. Hadfield for 202nd place in NHL history (712)
• H. Zetterberg's next goal will tie him with P. Forsberg for 11th place in NHL history amongst Swedes (249)
• H. Zetterberg's next point will tie him with C. Drury for 275th place in NHL history (615)
• H. Zetterberg's next GP will give him sole possession of 19th place in DET team history (currently tied with S. Burr, 659)
• T. Bertuzzi (w/VAN) recorded his 2nd career hat trick on 3/19/02 at NYR
• T. Holmstrom registered his 99th and 100th career points with an assist and a goal on 3/27/00 at NYR
• T. Holmstrom's next PPG will tie him with U. Dahlen for 5th place all-time in NHL history amongst Swedes (120)

ALL-TIME RED WINGS HAT TRICKS vs RANGERS:
Larry Aurie @ NYR, 12/3/28
Larry Aurie @ NYR, 2/2/37
Carl Liscombe vs NYR, 11/ 5/42
Carl Liscombe vs NYR, 1/24/43
Syd Howe vs NYR, 1/23/44
Syd Howe (6) vs NYR, 2/3/44
Joe Carveth @ NYR, 2/10/44
Adam Brown vs NYR, 3/2/44
Jud McAtee vs NYR, 11/ 2/44
Flash Hollett vs NYR, 12/21/44
Gordie Howe vs NYR, 12/25/56
Lorne Ferguson @ NYR, 2/2/57
Norm Ullman (4) vs NYR, 3/14/61
Norm Ullman vs NYR, 3/4/63
Norm Ullman @ NYR, 3/19/65
Alex Delvecchio vs NYR, 3/25/65
Paul Henderson (4) vs NYR, 10/27/66
Dean Prentice vs NYR, 1/22/67
Marcel Dionne vs NYR, 11/20/74
Mickey Redmond vs NYR, 3/22/75
Dale McCourt vs NYR, 2/19/81
Gerard Gallant vs NYR, 3/26/88
Martin Lapointe vs NY Rangers, 3/26/00

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