The Detroit Red Wings made history on Tuesday night, one of the very few bright points in a season to forget.
The Red Wings captured just their 15th win of the season on Tuesday night versus the Montreal Canadiens. That’s right, the team’s FIFTEENTH win in the middle of FEBRUARY, in their 62nd game. To put this into perspective, the NHL’s current best team, the Boston Bruins, won their 15th of the season way back on November 23rd in their 23rd game.
It’s definitely been a dreadful season for Red Wings players and fans alike, as the Red Wings have all but locked up last place in the league. At 34 points on the year, they are a whole 13 points behind the next-worst team in the league, the Los Angeles Kings. Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Red Wings will look forward to the draft lottery in June with the hopes of landing the projected first-overall pick, Canadian phenom Alexis Lafreniere. The organization has definitely seen better times.
But despite all of this, the Detroit Red Wings still managed to make history on Tuesday night with their 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
For the first time in Red Wings’ franchise history, they managed to sweep the season series against an Original Six opponent. Along with Detroit and Montreal, the other four teams that make up the NHL Original Six are Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Of their current 15 wins this year, four of them have come against Montreal. With the Canadiens and Red Wings not scheduled to meet again this season, this means the Red Wings have a 4-0 record against Montreal this season. I bet Detroit wishes they could play Montreal for all 82 games on their schedule!
I’m not sure what’s more surreal to me, the fact that the Canadiens have failed to beat the awful Red Wings this year, or the fact that of all the historically great Red Wings teams we’ve seen throughout the years, this team is the one to accomplish this feat.
It is definitely an interesting stat for the Red Wings and, as stated above, seems kind of hard to believe given the amazing Red Wings teams we’ve seen in the past. Regardless, this is something Red Wings fans can take pride in. Not only sweeping the season series versus an Original Six opponent, but an Atlantic Division rival as well.
While this season will be quick to be forgotten by Red Wings players and fans alike, this is a feat that will always be etched in the history books for years to come.
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