Friday, December 11, 2015

Five on the Fly: Wings Flying with Magic Man Datsyuk in Lineup

Every day, TSP will break down five random stats that might be of interest to you. Here's today's stipend:

1. Pavel Pushing Detroit Higher

There are a lot of reasons that the Detroit Red Wings have been able to power up the standings in the last month. The emergence of Dylan Larkin is one. The comfort level of Mike Green in a new system is another. But it is not a coincidence that Detroit began its recent 12 game points streak just two games after magic man Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup. If you're scoring at home, that's the Wings longest points streak since the spring of 2010.

And it's just not Pavel that has been good. The 37-year-old Russian has also played a positive role in the breakout of Darren Helm. Here's what Tommy Chalk of Fox Sports Detroit had to say about that:

With his return, the Red Wings added a versatile two-way forward capable of playing with anyone in the lineup and generating a ton of offense. His most recent partner in crime? Darren Helm, who scored two goals in Detroit's most recent victory. After scoring just one goal in his last 24 games, he slid right in with Datsyuk, who took him right under his arm and instantly made him a better player.

Detroit was 8-6-1 without Datsyuk, who missed the team's first 15 games while recovering from off-season ankle surgery. Since his return the Wings are 8-2-4, and have moved up to second place in the Atlantic Division standings.

2. Kane Goes for 25:

Patrick Kane already has the longest points streak among American-born NHL players and among Chicago Blackhawks. The Buffalo native has a long way to go to match Wayne Gretzky's 51-game streak from 1984, but Kane can tie Sidney Crosby for the longest consecutive games points streak since 1002-1993 at 25 games tonight when Chicago takes on Winnipeg at the United Center on Friday.

Kane is 15-23-38 during his streak and he leads the league with 44 points.

3. Ristolainen Turns the Trick:

Rasmus Ristolainen became the first Buffalo defenseman to register a hat-trick in the same period when he potted three goals during the third period of Buffalo's 4-3 loss to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night. Ristolainen is the first NHL defenseman to score three goals in the same period since Al MacInnis scored three for the Blues in October of 1998 vs. the Rangers.

Yup, Al could shoot it:

4. Johnny Gaudreau on Fire at Home for Flames:

21 of Johnny Hockey's 28 points have come at home, which goes a long way to explaining why the Flames are on an 8-game winning streak at home and still a sub .500 team.

Here are the NHL's Top eight scorers at home this season:

Last season Gaudreau had 35 points in 41 games. This year he's nabbed 21 points in 14. He's on pace for 61 points at home. Can he possibly keep it up?

5. Jagr in Hot Pursuit of Brett Hull:

Jaromir Jagr pulled within 10 goals of Brett Hull for 3rd on the NHL's all-time goals scored list. But before the 43-year-old Jagr catches Hull he will need to put Marcel Dionne in the dust. Jagr tied Dionne with 731 career goals last night and his next tally will put him in sole possession of fourth on the NHL's all-time list.

Here's the top five goals scorers in NHL history:

Here's Jagr's milestone goal from Thursday night's win over the Caps (sweet tip):