Detroit Red Wings: Goals, Milestones and Records to Be Broken This Season

PJ Sapienza@@pjsapiContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 23:  Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a win over the St. Louis Blues with teammate Jimmy Howard #35 during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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This has already been a good season for the Detroit Red Wings.  The team and several players have hit some pretty impressive marks.   They play in the toughest division in the NHL with four teams over 64 points already.  They were able to reach the All-Star game with the league’s best record.

Jimmy Howard won his 100th game this season, Pavel Datsyuk scored his 700th point and the team’s current home winning streak of 17 games is the longest in team history.

Here is a look at milestones, records, career years and streaks that the Detroit Red Wings are hoping to break sometime this season.

One interesting battle is for 10th place on the Red Wings all-time goals list.  Currently Tomas Holmstrom holds that place with 240 goals.  Henrik Zetterberg is only one behind, while Datsyuk sits five back.  Only one of them will be able to claim top 10 status at the end of the season.

Pavel Datsyuk:  He became the eighth player to hit 700 points in a Detroit uniform.   He sits only 24 points behind Ted Lindsay for seventh on the team's all-time list.  He is also 15 goals away from 250.

His bigger goal for the season is to become the first Red Wing since Sergei Fedorov in 1993-94 to win the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.   He could also win the Selke for the fourth time, which would tie him for the most ever.

Jimmy Howard: Howard became one of the fastest goalies to win 100 games earlier this season.  He has two huge regular season accomplishments in his sights.  The first is the Vezina Trophy.  He is in a battle with Tim Thomas, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick to claim the throne of best goalie.  Can he become the first Red Wing since Terry Sawchuk in 1955 to win the award?

He also is on pace to break Martin Brodeur’s record of 48 wins in a season. He has 30 wins already, which has him on pace for 49.  The biggest hurdle to him attaining that mark will be games played.  Last season, and again this year, he has played a tremendous amount of games.  Will Coach Mike Babcock opt to rest him more games down the stretch this year?

With 105 wins, Howard already ranks ninth all time in Red Wings history.  With 10 more wins this year he can climb all the way up to sixth place.  He does have a shot at catching Tim Cheveldae for fifth with 128.

Tomas Holmstrom: Holmstrom is five games away from playing in 1000 games.  He is also 10 goals shy of 250 and 16 assists short of 300.  Not too bad for a player who was the 257  pick in the 1994 draft.

Nicklas Lidstrom: Lidstrom is only six games away from passing Alex Delcecchio for second place in games played for the Red Wings.

His bigger goal is another Norris Trophy.  If he accomplishes that feat, he will tie Bobby Orr for the most of all time with eight.

Justin Abdelkader: With five goals, seven assists and 12 points, he is on pace to beat all three of those marks.

Niklas Kronwall: He has already tied his career best in goals with 11 and scored his 200th career point.

Todd Bertuzzi:  Is only one goal short of 300 for his career.

Jiri Hudler: Hudler is having a career season. He is on pace to top his best of 23 goals.  He is also three points away from 200 for his career.

Henrik Zetterberg: While Zetterberg may not be having his best season, he is still looking at hitting a couple of milestones.   With 11 goals, he will reach 250 for his career.  He is only 10 away from 600 points as well.

Jakub Kindl: On the other end of Lidstrom’s massive game total is Kindle.  With 11 more games he will reach his 100 games played.

Ty Conklin: Conklin is six wins away from 100.  If the team opts to rest Howard more in the second half of the season, Conklin may have a chance to reach this number.  He only has eight starts on the season so far.

Johan Franzen: He is aiming for the record of most game winning goals in a season.  He already has nine on the season and is chasing Michel Goulet and Phil Esposito, who have the record with 16.  It is difficult to pace such a record as this but with nine, it would appear that he at least has a shot at it.

He is also on pace to break his personal best for most points in a season.  His previous high was 59 and, with 41 already, it seems a safe bet that he will beat it.  His points surge is coming from his assists.  He is just off the pace to beat his best goals scored year of 34.  But, this will blow away his assist number, as he already has 22 on the season—five off of his best.

Valtteri Filppula: Filppula is going to destroy his career best numbers.  His previous best goal season was 19 in 2007-08.  He already has 15 this year.  His 24 assists have nearly surpassed his best of 28.  He is only one point away from his high of 40. 

While all of these personal goals and milestones are important, the real goal for this team is to win another Stanley Cup.  The team has already beat their own record for most homes wins a row and now chases the league’s all time mark. 

They also currently have the best record in the league.  They already own the league record for most President’s Trophies with six and would love to extend their lead.

The most important milestone for the team is the number 12.  Come playoff time they will be chasing the team's 12th  Stanley Cup.  So far it has been a great season for the team; hopefully they can continue their success.





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