MRAZEK PROPELS RED WINGS UP ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS
Petr Mrazek made 22 saves – but fell 2:24 shy of his second consecutive shutout – to backstop the Red Wings to their third straight win, all at Joe Louis Arena.
At 28-18-8 (64 points), the Red Wings moved two points ahead of the idle Lightning (29-20-4, 62 points) and Bruins (28-19-6, 62 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit plays host to Boston at Joe Louis Arena in a national matinee on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Red Wings have won three consecutive outings at Joe Louis Arena after dropping seven of their last eight at home (1-5-2). Overall, they boast a 14-10-5 record at Joe Louis Arena this season; their 33 home points rank 11th in the NHL.
Mrazek, who picked up his 21st victory of the campaign, improved to 10-2-1 in his last 13 games (1.30 GAA, .951 SV%, 3 SO). He paces the NHL in goals-against average (1.94) and save percentage (.934) this season.
MILESTONES & MUSINGS
- Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (0-1—1) moved within two points of 900 in his career (306-592—898 in 926 GP).
- Defenseman Dion Phaneuf logged 21:42 in his Senators debut
- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby saw his goal streak end at seven games (10-6—16) and point streak end at 11 games (12-10—22).
- Rink builds and preparations have begun for both contests in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series – Sunday, Feb. 21, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (CHI @ MIN) and Saturday, Feb. 27, at Coors Field in Denver (DET @ COL).
Home Team in Caps
DETROIT 3, Ottawa 1
NY Rangers 3, PITTSBURGH 0
Vancouver 2, ARIZONA 1
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m.,
Buffalo @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m.
Anaheim @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m.
Colorado @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Washington @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m.
Boston @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m.
Dallas @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Toronto @ Edmonton, 9:00 p.m.
Calgary @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m.