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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 11:  Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers carries the puck as he is checked by Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena November 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 11: Ryan Smyth #94 of the Edmonton Oilers carries the puck as he is checked by Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena November 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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(AP) — The Detroit Red Wings’ current home winning streak is the league’s longest in nearly 36 years.

They have a strong chance of continuing that run Wednesday night against an Edmonton Oilers team that has lost seven straight on the road.

Detroit hasn’t lost at Joe Louis Arena since a 4-1 defeat to Calgary on Nov. 3, outscoring opponents 72-24 while winning 17 straight for the fourth-longest home win streak in NHL history. The team is 20-2-1 on home ice after going 21-14-6 last season.

The Red Wings (35-17-2) are three shy of matching the league record of 20 straight home wins, set by Boston in the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia from Jan. 4-April 3, 1976. The Bruins also had a 19-game run in 1970-71.

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