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The Red Wings are 16-21-3 on the road this season. Currently, that is the worst road record of all the teams who have clinched, or are eligible to clinch a playoff berth. It will also be the first time this century that the Red Wings will finish a season below .500 on the road.
The record is not the only concern for the Red Wings on the road. At home this season, the Red Wings have only allowed 1.97 goals against per game, third best in the NHL. However, on the road, they have allowed 2.93 goals against per game, ranked 21st in the NHL.
Another concern has been the drop in offensive production for the Red Wings on the road. At Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings have scored 139 goals this season, which is the most in the NHL. On the road, though, the Red Wings have only scored 95 goals, 17th in the NHL.
The road woes are very surprising, especially with the veteran leadership on the Red Wings and the experience behind the bench, starting with head coach Mike Babcock.
The Red Wings looked to be turning their road woes around in late January and early February, winning four of five games away from home. But they are 1-8-2 on the road since then.
In their current playoff position, fourth overall in the West, the Red Wings would likely not have home-ice advantage following the first round. Unless they learn how to play better— and more importantly, win—away from the Joe, it will be a short postseason in Hockeytown.