Detroit won its second straight Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best record with a 2-0 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday. The Red Wings will finish with the highest point total in the league for the third time in four seasons, and have won the Presidents’ Trophy five times since the NHL started awarding it in 1986. No other team has won it more than twice.
For Detroit, however, the focus is on winning its 11th Stanley Cup and first since 2001-02.
“I don’t think you saw much celebrating because the big mug is what we’re after, not the Presidents’ Trophy,” said the Red Wings’ Manny Legace, who made 29 saves against the Oilers for his seventh shutout this season, the most for a Detroit goalie since 1965-66.
Leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk (lower body injury) and defenseman Mathieu Schneider (groin) are sidelined, but don’t need to hurry back now that the Wings have secured home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Coach Dave Lewis could start resting a number of players on his veteran-filled roster beginning Thursday.
The Red Wings have won a franchise-best 10 straight games away from home and are 7-0-1 in their last eight meetings with the Blackhawks, holding them to one goal in 31 power-play opportunities during that span.
Chicago, the NHL’s worst power-play team, was held scoreless on seven advantages Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota.
“It seems we couldn’t get anything going,” Blackhawks captain Martin Lapointe said. “In this league, if you can’t get your power play going, you won’t win games.”
Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who made 20 saves in the loss, is 1-4-1 with a 4.37 goals-against average against Detroit this season.