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Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard makes a blocker save deflecting the puck into the corner during a game against Edmonton earlier this month. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) 

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard makes a blocker save deflecting the puck into the corner during a game against Edmonton earlier this month. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) 

Gordie Howe and Bill Gadsby talk before a 1963 Red Wings-Canadiens game. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players | Hockey’s All-Time Best Toothless Smiles

Gordie Howe and Bill Gadsby talk before a 1963 Red Wings-Canadiens game. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players | Hockey’s All-Time Best Toothless Smiles

Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy fights with Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood during a 1998 game between the two rivals. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Patrick Roy

Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy fights with Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood during a 1998 game between the two rivals. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Patrick Roy

Gordie Howe tries to sneak a shot past Joe Daley during a 1971 Sabres-Red Wings game. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players

Gordie Howe tries to sneak a shot past Joe Daley during a 1971 Sabres-Red Wings game. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players

Red Wings center Kris Draper is hooked by the stick of an unidentifiable Maple Leafs player during the first period of a 2002 game. Detroit would go onto win the game 6-2. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Red Wings center Kris Draper is hooked by the stick of an unidentifiable Maple Leafs player during the first period of a 2002 game. Detroit would go onto win the game 6-2. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Alex Delvecchio advances the puck during semifinals of the 1966 Stanley Cup playoffs between Detroit and Chicago. The Red Wings would eliminate the Blackhawks in six games but would lose the Canadiens in the Finals. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI) 

SI VAULT: Howe is the heart of the Red Wings (3.16.64)

Alex Delvecchio advances the puck during semifinals of the 1966 Stanley Cup playoffs between Detroit and Chicago. The Red Wings would eliminate the Blackhawks in six games but would lose the Canadiens in the Finals. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI) 
SI VAULT: Howe is the heart of the Red Wings (3.16.64)

Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement on Thursday after playing 20 years (1,564 games) as a member of the Red Wings. The defenseman recorded 1,142 points and won four Stanley Cups. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERYNicklas Lidstrom Through The Years 


Nicklas Lidstrom announced his retirement on Thursday after playing 20 years (1,564 games) as a member of the Red Wings. The defenseman recorded 1,142 points and won four Stanley Cups. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY:  Nicklas Lidstrom Through The Years 

Gordie Howe fights for position in front of goalie Joe Daley during a 1971 Red Wings-Sabres game. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players

Gordie Howe fights for position in front of goalie Joe Daley during a 1971 Red Wings-Sabres game. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: All-Time Oldest NHL Players

Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk faces off with Nashville’s Paul Gaustad during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators won 3-1 and have a 3-1 lead in the series. Game Five will be played Friday night in Nashville. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Nashville-Detroit game

Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk faces off with Nashville’s Paul Gaustad during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. The Predators won 3-1 and have a 3-1 lead in the series. Game Five will be played Friday night in Nashville. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Tuesday’s Nashville-Detroit game

Sharks center Joe Thornton is stoned by Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald during the Detroit-San Jose game on Sunday. The Red Wings prevailed 1-0 and currently hold the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly Power Rankings. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

DATER: See who’s rising, who’s falling in this week’s NHL Power Rankings
ELIOT: The Red Wings win streak is really just a part of the bigger picture

Sharks center Joe Thornton is stoned by Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald during the Detroit-San Jose game on Sunday. The Red Wings prevailed 1-0 and currently hold the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly Power Rankings. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DATER: See who’s rising, who’s falling in this week’s NHL Power RankingsELIOT: The Red Wings win streak is really just a part of the bigger picture

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost takes a faceoff during a 1956 game against the Rangers. Also pictured are Gordie Howe (9) and Red Kelly (left wing, wearing “A” on jersey). The Red Wings currently occupy the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Hy Peskin/SI)

DATER: Red Wings, Predators hold top spots in this week’s Power Rankings
ELIOT: Should Detroit trade for a goalie with injury to Jimmy Howard

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost takes a faceoff during a 1956 game against the Rangers. Also pictured are Gordie Howe (9) and Red Kelly (left wing, wearing “A” on jersey). The Red Wings currently occupy the top spot in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Hy Peskin/SI)
DATER: Red Wings, Predators hold top spots in this week’s Power RankingsELIOT: Should Detroit trade for a goalie with injury to Jimmy Howard

Detroit’s Floyd Smith races toward the loose puck during a 1963 Red Wings-Sabres game. Smith would later coach Buffalo to the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals but would lose in six games to the Flyers. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

Detroit’s Floyd Smith races toward the loose puck during a 1963 Red Wings-Sabres game. Smith would later coach Buffalo to the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals but would lose in six games to the Flyers. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

Detroit Red Wings Chris Chelios (24), Brett Hull (17), Brendan Shanahan (14) and Nicklas Lidstrom pose for the 2002 SI Hockey Preview. The Red Wings currently rank fifth in SI.com’s NHL Power Rankings. Where does your team stand? (David E. Klutho/SI)

POWER RANKINGS: Find out where your team ranks
GALLERY: NHL Teams By Value | Best NHL Uniforms

Detroit Red Wings Chris Chelios (24), Brett Hull (17), Brendan Shanahan (14) and Nicklas Lidstrom pose for the 2002 SI Hockey Preview. The Red Wings currently rank fifth in SI.com’s NHL Power Rankings. Where does your team stand? (David E. Klutho/SI)
POWER RANKINGS: Find out where your team ranksGALLERY: NHL Teams By Value | Best NHL Uniforms

Sidney Crosby and Mikael Samuelsson fight for a loose puck during Game 6 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Crosby is just one of 22 NHL players currently sidelined by head injury, writes SI.com’s Stu Hackel. (David E. Klutho/SI)

HACKEL: The NHL’s worst nightmare coming true as head injuries increase
VIDEO: Explaining Crosby’s symptoms | How Pens should manage Crosby
PHOTO GALLERY: Notable hockey careers cut short by concussion

Sidney Crosby and Mikael Samuelsson fight for a loose puck during Game 6 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. Crosby is just one of 22 NHL players currently sidelined by head injury, writes SI.com’s Stu Hackel. (David E. Klutho/SI)
HACKEL: The NHL’s worst nightmare coming true as head injuries increaseVIDEO: Explaining Crosby’s symptoms | How Pens should manage CrosbyPHOTO GALLERY: Notable hockey careers cut short by concussion

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost and New York’s Red Sullivan get tangled while trying to skate to a loose puck during a 1957 Red Wings-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. (Hy Peskin/SI)

VIDEO: Breaking down the first quarter of the NHL season

Detroit’s Marcel Pronovost and New York’s Red Sullivan get tangled while trying to skate to a loose puck during a 1957 Red Wings-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. (Hy Peskin/SI)
VIDEO: Breaking down the first quarter of the NHL season