The Red Wings overcame two more goals by Edmonton’s Sam Gagner to move within two wins of the NHL record of 20 consecutive home victories, set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976.
The Bruins also won 19 in a row in Boston during the 1970-71 season.
Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton also scored for Detroit, but Gagner answered with a pair of goals to tie the game. He has eight goals and six assists in four games.
SABRES 6, BRUINS 0
In Buffalo, with Sabres coach Lindy Ruff nursing three broken ribs and watching from the press box, goalie Ryan Miller made 36 saves to earn his second shutout in three games.
Jason Pominville scored twice, set up both times up by Ville Leino, and helped Buffalo improve to 4-0-1 in its past five. Tyler Ennis had a goal and assist, and Drew Stafford, Christian Ehrhoff and Patrick Kaleta also scored for Buffalo, 5-0-4 in its past nine home games.
The Northeast Division-leading Bruins fell to 5-6-1 in their past 12 games. Boston, which won at Washington on Sunday, hasn’t won two in a row since beating Winnipeg and Montreal on Jan. 10-12.
WINTER CLASSIC: A person familiar with the NHL’s plan said Detroit will play the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the league isn’t expected to announce the matchup until today.
Earlier Wednesday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents authorized the athletic department to seek a contract with the NHL that would allow the league to hold next year’s showcase at Michigan Stadium. The NHL has offered to pay up to $3 million for a license to use the iconic college football stadium, according to the recommendation approved by the board.