TFranzen leads the NHL with 12 playoff goals, but Detroit still has plenty of firepower without the player known as Mule.
Detroit failed to put away the Stars on Wednesday in a 3-1 loss, which was the Wings first defeat since April 16, ending a nine-game postseason winning streak that was the longest in franchise history.
Detroit is now 7-0 in this postseason on home ice and 11-3 overall in the playoffs. Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg’s 19 points in the postseason tie him for the league lead with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, and Pavel Datsyuk has 18 points, tying him with Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins.
Key Game 5 NHL Trends for Detroit:
* Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
* Red Wings are 54-25 in their last 79 vs. Western Conference.
* Red Wings are 63-29-4 in their last 96 vs. Pacific.
* Red Wings are 35-16 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Red Wings are 39-15 in their last 54 games playing on 2 days rest.
* Red Wings are 61-28 in their last 89 overall.
The Stars will live to see another game, thanks mostly to Marty Turco’s performance in net in Game 4. Turco was razor sharp and stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win.
It was only the third victory for Turco in 21 career starts against Detroit, proving he’s tough when facing playoff elimination as he improved to 5-4. But to avoid elimination again in Game 5, Turco will have to do so at Joe Louis Arena, where he’s 0-9-2.
The Stars are also banged up heading into Saturday’s game, including Stu Barnes, Jere Lehtinen, Philippe Boucher and Mark Fistric. They aren’t key players such as Detroit’s Franzen, but they could be used as the Stars face elimination and have a 3-1 deficit to erase in the best-of-seven series.
Only two teams in NHL history have recovered from an 0-3 deficit to win, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders, who came back to down the Penguins.
Dallas hasn’t won in Detroit since last March, but a May victory on Saturday would send play back to The Lone Star State on Monday.
Key Game 5 NHL Trends for Dallas:
* Stars are 37-18 in their last 55 Saturday games.
* Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
* Stars are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Central.
* Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Stars are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
* Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
Can the Stars become just the third team to pull off the improbable feat? Stay tuned. The puck drops for Game 5 on Saturday at 1:30pm EST.