(AP) -- Though the Detroit Red Wings haven't exactly been on a tear, they're still picking up points nearly every game.
After ending a three-game losing streak, Detroit looks to continue its home domination of a New Jersey Devils team that's looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat Tuesday night.
The Red Wings (17-9-7) beat visiting Calgary 4-2 on Sunday to stop their skid, but it's not as if they've been desperate for points. Detroit has gone 9-1-6 in its last 16 and is among the league leaders with seven losses beyond regulation.
All but the first of those games have come during a home-heavy stretch that ends Tuesday. Including this contest, the Red Wings will have played 13 of the past 16 at Joe Louis Arena, going 7-1-4 there so far.
Detroit embarks on a stretch of nine of 10 on the road after this contest, which leads into the four-day Christmas break.
"You just want to win every game. And certainly we've had a large stretch here at home," coach Jeff Blashill said. "You want to make your road easier than harder, but you want to win every game. I feel real confident that we can go on the road and win. I think it has everything to do with our play.
"Now with that said, the building's been rocking. It's been great. The fans have been great. We understand that and we think this is one of the real momentum-building rinks in the league."
It certainly has been against the Devils, with Detroit winning three straight and 12 of the past 13 matchups at Joe Louis. The Red Wings dropped the last overall meeting 3-2 in overtime at New Jersey on Dec. 11, but they've gone 4-0-1 in the last five matchups and 11-2-2 in 15. >>> Read more…
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