Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/17/11
DETROIT -- If you're a visiting goaltender coming into Joe Louis Arena to play the Red Wings, you have to be a little concerned, to say the least. Consider this: In their last three home games, the Wings have won 5-2, 7-1 and 8-2, and all three starting goaltenders, Phoenix's Mike Smith, Winnipeg's Ondrec Pavelec and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick, have been yanked. Saturday night against the Kings, the Wings had three goals on seven shots as Quick made a quick exit at 8:32 of the first period. He was replaced by Jonathan Bernier. "When you're down 3-0 that early, it's never a good thing but even worse when you're down 3-0 when you're playing Detroit," Kings interim coach John Stevens said. To make matters even worse for the Kings, who are supposed to be getting Darryl Sutter as their new coach this week, those three goals were scored by Drew Miller, Cory Emmerton and Niklas Kronwall. Top scorers Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen didn't even have a point in the first period, after which the Wings had a 4-1 lead. The final score was 8-2, giving the Wings a 10-game home winning streak. In that span, they have outscored their opponents 51-15. "We got our (butts) kicked, plain and simple," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. Miller and Emmerton had two goals each. The other goals came from Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart. "I think it's huge to get the contribution from everyone," Miller said. "There's going to be nights where our big guys aren't scoring all the time. You count on your third and fourth line guys to chip in and come up big for the team. It's good to see Emmer get two goals. It's a little kudos for the third and fourth lines." When guys like Miller and Emmerton score, the guys who normally do the bulk of the scoring get a chance to relax a bit. "It relieves a little pressure from us, especially against a team like this when those two lines come in and really take care of business in the first," Zetterberg said. "We have the capacity to do that every game. When we roll four lines and we let everyone play, we're a real good team. You saw that today." Emmerton, playing in just his third game in the last 10, had three points, one more than he had in his previous 20 games and his first since opening night. He's had a chance to both watch and play during the Wings' success at home. "We just come out flying in the first period and seem to be ready, we seem to have 3-4 goal leads out of the gate. Weve done a real nice job of that at home, and its one of those things that we hope to carry with us on the road," Emmerton said. "We havent been able to do that lately, or much at all this season, but its one of those things that we have to work on and figure out." After dropping a 4-3 decision Thursday at Nashville, the Wings are 7-8-0 on the road compared to 13-2-1 at home. "We skate and start on time and play on our toes," coach Mike Babcock said. "We've gotta play the same way on the road. We just gotta continue to get better on the road. We're a little more cautious on the road and we can't be." The Wings don't have long to wait to try to get their road record heading in the right direction. They start a four-game road trip Monday in Edmonton. "We're going to try to play a little bit better on the road, play with a little more tempo and a little more speed, kind of like we do here at home," Zetterberg said. "So we've got a chance on Monday to do that and we've got to make the best of it."
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