Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 1/23/12
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Credit Josh Howard for this awesome 300 inspired photo. And F U Eddie

There are two things I hate in this world. Blackhawks "fans" and Blues "fans" both for the simple fact that they know absolutely nothing about the sport they claim to be real fans of. Yet they spew unintelligible nonsense about the team and city I love.

Puck drops at 7:30pm on NBCSN. Eddie O, Doc and Darren '6-hole' Pang. Don't make me break my TV

Hit the jump for more hate


I touched on the douchebaggery of the Blues fans earlier this season, and Twig did a wonderful writeup about how the Blues sucktitude spans decades earlier today. So I will leave those things to their respective posts and focus on tonight' game.

Jimmy Howard will be in net looking to stretch the home win streak to 17 tonight, while Jaroslav Halak will get the nod in net for the Blues. I'm not quite sure why St. Louis is choosing to sit their overachieving starter Billy Bryan Elliott in favor of Halak, other than the fact that Elliott has looked average against Detroit this season.

Halak is no slouch though. He had a rough start, but is currently 14-7-5 with a 2.00 GAA and .920 SV% and 4 shutouts.

Yes these two teams may be neck and neck in the standings, but the Wings are far superior. They have the full package. Any one of their players can be a lethal scoring option. Their goaltending is tops in the league. They have a defense that makes other teams vomit in terror, and most importantly. They have experience being a winner.

Bring it hard, fast and all out for a full 60 minutes and shut these punks up. Win it for Holmstrom, it is his birthday after all.

DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 114-108-37-7 all-time vs STL
DET is 65-47-17-3 all-time at home vs STL
DET has won 16 consecutive home games (franchise record)
DET is 13-for-60 (21.7%) on the PP during 16-game home winning streak
DET is 44-for-51 (86.3%) on the PK during 16-game home winning streak
DET is 68-3-4 the last 75 times they've scored 4+ goals in a game

DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
• N. Lidstrom is skating in his 213th straight regular season game (longest active streak on DET)
• N. Lidstrom is 2 assists behind P. Esposito for 21st place in NHL history (873)
• N. Lidstrom has recorded 6G-7A-13P, +22 rating during DET’s 16-game home winning streak
• N. Lidstrom recorded his first career hat trick on 12/15/10 vs STL
• N. Lidstrom scored his first career NHL goal (PP) on 10/17/91 vs STL
• D. Cleary recorded his 100th career NHL assist on 3/24/07 vs STL
• T. Bertuzzi has tallied 4G-2A-6P in his last 5 games
• J. Hudler tallied his first career NHL point (assist) on 10/29/03 vs STL
• J. Howard leads the NHL in victories (29) and is on pace to win 49 games this season (NHL record - M. Brodeur, 48)
• J. Howard is 19-2-1 (1.62 GAA, .938 SV%, 5 SO) in 22 home starts this season
• J. Howard is 6-0-0 (1.46 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO) in 6 intradivisional home starts this season
• J. Howard is 3-0-0 (1.00 GAA, .963 SV%, 1 SO) in 3 Monday starts this season
• H. Zetterberg scored his 1st career OTG on 12/8/02 vs STL (Opposing Goalie: F. Brathwaite)
• H. Zetterberg has recorded 5G-8A-13P during DET's 16-game home winning streak
• H. Zetterberg recorded his 100th career NHL assist on 11/24/06 vs STL
• V. Filppula has registered 9G-16A-25P in 22 home appearances this season
• V. Filppula has tallied 6G-9A-15P in 12 intradivisional games this season
• J. Franzen's next goal will tie him with M. Dionne and M. Bruneteau for 27th place in DET team history (139)
• J. Franzen has tallied 8G-9A-17P during DET’s 16-game home winning streak
• P. Datsyuk has registered 4G-17A-21P during DET’s 16-game home winning streak
• P. Datsyuk's next goal will tie him with S. Samsonov for 10th place all-time in NHL history amongst Russian-born players (235)
• P. Datsyuk's next assist will tie him with J. Lemaire and D. Prentice for 151st place in NHL history (469)
• P. Datsyuk is 2 assists behind A. Zhamnov for 8th place all-time in NHL history amongst Russian-born players (470)

ALL-TIME RED WINGS HAT TRICKS VS BLUES
G. Howe @ STL, 3/16/68
M. Bergeron (4) vs STL, 3/18/76
V. Nedomansky vs STL, 2/28/79
M. Osborne @ STL, 12/1/81
W. Young @ STL, 12/7/85
B. Probert vs STL, 12/31/87
P. Klima vs STL, 4/21/88*
G. Gallant vs STL, 1/4/89
J. Garpenlov (4) vs STL, 1123/90
S. Yzerman @ STL, 1/26/91
S. Yzerman vs STL, 4/4/91*
S. Yzerman @ STL, 10/24/92
S. Yzerman @ STL, 5/8/96*
B. Shanahan vs STL, 10/16/98
B. Hull @ STL, 1/26/02
B. Hull @ STL, 3/29/03
N. Lidstrom vs STL, 12/15/10
*Playoffs

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