Wings coach Mike Babcock spent the previous day at the Tigers’ home opener, where his boss, Marian Ilitch, casually mentioned that she already has four Presidents’ trophies.
The Red Wings delivered the fifth in 11 seasons Tuesday after downing the desperate Oilers, 2-0, before an appreciative crowd at Joe Louis Arena. The victory secured the Wings the most points in the regular season and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
With Tomas Vokoun gone for the year with injury, unheralded back-up Chris Mason finds himself thrust into the No. 1 role, writes Scott Burnside.
Jose Theodore won in his first start for Colorado and Alex Tanguay scored on his first shift after coming off the injured list as the Avalanche solidified their playoff chances with a 6-4 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday night. Colorado scored six goals in the first 29 minutes in its home finale, moving a point ahead of San Jose for sixth place in the Western Conference.