Detroit has been weak on the power play in January, converting on just 4 of 50 opportunities.
Hossa first angered Wings fans when he left for Chicago in 2009. Wednesday he gave them more ammunition.
The Red Wings, who have been battered with injuries, are 21-18-10 with 52 points in the standings. The Blackhawks are 32-8-11 with 75 points.
All in all, the event in Ann Arbor proved so successful that many wonder how the NHL will top it in coming years.
By demographics, if basketball can outdraw hockey anywhere in the country, Detroit should be that place. So why, by the numbers, is hockey more popular even in a city like Detroit?
The Red Wings did not come out on top, losing 3-2 in a shootout, but they enjoyed the experience anyway.
For Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, Wednesday could probably be classified as bittersweet.
The Red Wings have flourished on the road with an away record of 12-4-3.
At the beginning of the episode, stellar forward Pavel Datsyuk was on the tail end of recovering from a concussion.
A New Year’s Eve block party is planned in downtown Ann Arbor ahead of the NHL’s Winter Classic.