Three interesting evolutions of the Red Wings’ offensive blast

An offensive explosion over the past two games has not only brought the Detroit Red Wings a deserved victory, but has also enabled the franchise to reach some milestones not seen around Hockeytown in many an NHL season.

For starters, Detroit was scoring 13 combined in the 7-4 win at San Jose Sharksfollowed by b 6-1 defeat of the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Red Wings have scored at least six goals in consecutive games.

Sharks were also involved the last time this happened. On December 18, 2008, the Red Wings edged out San Jose 6-0 behind goaltending from Ty Conklin. Two nights later, Detroit defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-4. Both games were played at Joe Louis Arena.

Defensemen Double Down

In the 7-4 win at San Jose Stadium, the Red Wings would score goals from three different defenders. Philip Hronik, Moritz Seider, and Jake Wollmann all ended up scoring. During Saturday’s victory over Columbus, Hronik scored twice and Ben Chiarot scored as well. That’s six goals from two defenders in two matches, three in each match.

This result has now occurred three times in Red Wings franchise history. On February 24, 1980, Reed Larson (two goals) and Willie Hooper were the running backs as they scored in a 7-5 victory over the Minnesota North Stars. In Detroit’s next game on February 28, Larson, Hooper, and Tommy Bergman scored in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

Before the last two games, the Red Wings last had three goals from a defense in a consecutive game in 2005. On November 26, 2005, Matthew Schneider Scored a hat-trick in a 7-6 win over the Sharks. Two nights later, Schneider, Nicholas Lidstrom Chris Chelios scored during the 5-2 win over the Kings.

Captain Red Wings Larkin is among the top ten

He turned in a three-point night (1-2-3) against the Blue Jackets, captaining the Red Wings Dylan Larkin He would move into the team lead in scoring with 22 points. Most importantly, he was climbing the ranks of the top scorers in the NHL.

Larkin is now tied for 10th in the NHL in scoring. Sure, it’s only November, but this is an important development nonetheless. Last season, Larkin was Detroit’s leading scorer with 69 points. That was good for 52nd overall in the NHL. Larkin had 73 points in 2018-19, ranking 43rd in the NHL. He is the most recent Red Wings player to finish in the top 50 in the scoring race.

Henrik Zetterberg finished 25th in NHL scoring with 68 points in 2016-17, and was the latest Red Wings player to crack the NHL’s top 25 in scoring. But Magic Man, Pavel Datsyuk, was the last Detroit player to finish among the top 10 players in the league’s scoring race. During the shutdown-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Datsyuk’s 49 points was good for 10th in the Art Ross Trophy chase.

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