Detroit Red Wings: Breaking Down the Season by the Numbers

PJ Sapienza@@pjsapiContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2013

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 17:  Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a glove save on a shot by Gabriel Bourque #57 of the Nashville Predators during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Nashville won the game 3-1 and lead the series 3-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As the 2013 NHL season is finally starting, here is a look at the Detroit Red Wings schedule by the numbers.

0: Games against the Eastern Conference this season, a casualty of the shortened season.

2: The team will play odd back-to-back road games against the same team. They will play the Anaheim Ducks with a day off in between.

3: The most days that the team will have off between games this season.

3: Also the number of games they will play against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings. Two of those games will be at home.

4: The longest home streak that the team will have this season. They will play the Edmonton Oilers, St Louis Blues, Ducks and Kings.

4: Also the longest road trip of the season. They will play the Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks as well as the back-to-back games against the Ducks.

5: The first time since 1990 that Nicklas Lidstrom will not be wearing this number for the team.

8: The number of games that will start at 10 p.m. ET or later. This will be a lighter load than usual for late-night weary fans.

15: Games that the team will play in February, the most games that they will play in any month.

17: Years ago that Mike Knuble first played for the Wings. He has been offered a tryout with the team.

18: Games against division foes. They will play four each against the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks and five each against the Columbus Bluejackets and the St. Louis Blues.

19: January 19, the first game of the season. The team will travel to St. Louis to play the Blues.

21: Consecutive seasons that the Wings have made the playoffs. The longest active streak among the four major sports and tied for fifth in NHL history.

22: January 22, the first home game of the season as the Dallas Stars come to town.

24: The number of new addition Damien Brunner. The team hopes that he will be the next great European find for the them.

25: The new number for Cory Emmerton. He requested the change after wearing No. 48 in the past.  He wore No. 25 during his OHL years.

35: As a thank you to the fans, the Red Wings and Ticketmaster are offering 35 hours where fees will be waived on tickets. The offer will run from noon (ET) on Thursday, January 17, until midnight (ET) on the 18.

40: Number for Henrik Zetterberg, the soon to be named captain of the team. This will be the first time a Red Wing captain has worn this number.

48: Games on the schedule this year.

55: Number of Niklas Kronwall, the new defensive leader of the team.

113: Number of days the lockout lasted.

The unknown number: How many fans and how quickly will they come back to the game? Many teams are trying different methods to lure fans back. It remains to be seen how the fans will react to the third work stoppage under Gary Bettman.

Enjoy the season.

PJ Sapienza is a Featured Columnist covering the Detroit Red Wings, as well as many other sports. He is also taking part in a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and would greatly appreciate your support.

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