Hockey’s worst team entering the All-Star Game break, the Detroit Red Wings (12-34-4, 28 points) visit Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday to play the Minnesota Wild (22-21-6, 50 points). Detroit has now lost five straight after its 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Detroit is last in nearly every category including points with just 28 and are 14 points behind 7th place Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic division.
Minnesota lost its last outing to the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Monday. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Minnesota that included victories over Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Wild are picking up their scoring pace with 14 goals over their last three games but are allowing too many having given up 5 in their loss to Florida and 7 in a previous lost to the Penguins.
When will Detroit win againThe only consistent thing about how the Red Wings have played this season is their number of losses. Currently the Red Wings have lost five straight and 13 out of their last 16 overall. The Red Wings have scored just 109 goals and their 50 games thus far this season
Detroit s led in scoring by Tyler Bertuzzi with 17 goals and 36 points. Dylan Larkin is the team leader in assists with 22. Detroit has averaged just 2.12 goals per game this season and is allowing nearly four goals per game at 3.88. The Red Wings power play is a dismal
The Wild need a win entering the All-Star breakMinnesota is coming off a 5-4 loss to the Florida Panthers that snapped a two-game winning streak. Prior to the two-game winning streak the Wild had lost four straight and are in need of a win entering the 5-day break for the All-Star Game. The Wild find themselves in last place in the Central Division with just 50 points.
Zach Parise is the leading goal scorer for Minnesota with 19, while Ryan Suter leads the Wild in assists with 28 that includes 13 assists on the power play but the defenseman is a -10 overall in the plus-minus for ice time. Eric Staal is the points leader for Minnesota with 36 that includes 16 goals and 20 assists. The Wild are allowing an average of 3.31 goals each game and score slightly less at the rate of 3.08 goals per game.
- Minnesota is 43-21 in the last 64 versus a team with a .400 or lower winning percentage
- Detroit is 12-40 in the last 52
- The Red Wings are 13-39 in the last 52 on the road