Anyone with even an iota of knowledge about the history of the Detroit Red Wings knew that what unfolded Saturday in Glendale was entirely possible. The Arizona Coyotes, an NHL-worst 2-13-2 entering the game, rallied for a 2-1 overtime decision over the Red Wings.
With a .176 winning percentage prior to Saturday’s game, the Coyotes were ranking among the worst NHL teams of all-time. That they defeated Detroit simply made them the latest of the NHL’s bottom feeders to put a beating on the Red Wings.
In 1974-75, the Washington Capitals went 8-67-5 for an NHL-worst .131 winning percentage. But one of Washington’s eight wins was a 6-3 victory over the Red Wings on January 25, 1975.
Two seasons earlier, the New York Islanders went 12-60-6 (.192). But on February 24, 1973, they beat the Red Wings 2-1. How costly was that loss for the Wings? Detroit missed the playoffs that season by two points.
THIS DAY IN HOCKEY HISTORY – Nov 11, 1930:
The #NHL comes to Philadelphia for the first time and the Philadelphia Quakers lose 3-0 to the Rangers. The Quakers go 4-36-4 and drop out of the NHL after one season, leaving Philly without an NHL team until the Flyers arrive in 1967. pic.twitter.com/gjAIG0HxDw
— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) November 11, 2020
The 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers won an NHL-low four games, going 4-36-4 (.136). But they posted 50% of their victories against Detroit. On February 17, 1931 they blanked Detroit 2-0 for their only road victory. The Quakers fashioned a 5-2 home-ice victory over Detroit on March 12, 1931.
In 1929-30, the Pittsburgh Pirates were 5-36-3 (.148). They won 40% of their games at the expense of Detroit. Pittsburgh were 3-1 winners over Detroit on December 26, 1929 and 3-2 victors on Feburary 1, 1930.
Down On The Farm
Jonatan Berggen scored twice but the Grand Rapids Griffins ended up dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Texas Stars in an AHL game on Saturday.
Kyle Criscuolo (1-1-2) also finished with a two-point night. Turner Elson extended his points streak to two games (1-1-2).
Around The League
Detroit: As the Red Wings near the quarter pole of the NHL season, a look at the plusses and minuses of the 2021-22 campaign so far.
Pittsburgh: Just like everyone figured would happen, the struggling Penguins blanked the red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0.
Boston: Smacking the Flyers 5-2, it was the third straight game that the Bruins were beating Philly by that score.
Islanders: Opening their new UBS Arena, the Isles tumbled by a 5-2 count to the Calgary Flames.