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Detroit Red Wings Catch Vegas In a Run of Bad Luck

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This is the right time for the Red Wings to be in Vegas.

Everything is coming up snake eyes for the Vegas Golden Knights these days. They have lost three of their four. Captain Mark Stone is out with an upper body injury. Their highly-touted rookie goalie Logan Thompson has lost three in a row with a cumulative .890 save percentage.

The Golden Knights have given up four or more goals in six of their last 10 games. They have watched their Pacific Division lead slip to two points over both the Seattle Kraken and Los Angeles Kings.

“Nobody plays 82 games straight perfectly,” Golden Knights center Jack Eichel said. “… It’s frustrating we want to be better. But we learn from these games and figure out what we need to do to be better as group.”

Success hasn’t been in the cards for Eichel lately either. He is -5 with no points, and only two shots on goal, in his past two games.  He’s -9 over his past four games.

This seems like an opportune time for the Red Wings to play in Vegas, although Derek Lalonde’s squad has its own run of bad luck lately.

Ten Facts Underlining Red Wings Recent Struggles:

  1. If the Red Wings lose tonight in regulation, they will be 18-18-8 for 44 points in 44 games. That’s the same number of points they had last season after 44 games with Jeff Blashill as coach.

  2. Tyler Bertuzzi has no goals and one assist in five games since returning from his stint on the injury list. He’s -4 in those five games.

  3. Michael Rasmussen has one goal in his past 11 games. The Red Wings have been pleased with how hard he has worked to be an all-around players, but they would love to develop a more consistent scoring touch.

  4. Center Andrew Copp, who established a career high of 21 goals last season, is on pace for seven goals this season. He does have 21 assists this season.

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  1. The Red Wings are now seven points out of an Eastern Conference playoff position, and only three points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens. They have the Atlantic Division’s worst record.

  2. Detroit netminder Ville Husso has given up three or more goals in his nine of his past 10 starts. He gave up four or more in eight of those games. According to icydata.com, his goals prevented against the average (GSAA) is -5.69.

  3. Dominik Kubalik, one of Detroit’s hottest players at the start of the season, has one goal in his past nine games. He netted 12 in his first 34 games.

  4. Defenseman Ben Chiarot, central to Detroit’s plan to be harder to play against this season, is -7 in his past eight games.

  5. The Red Wings have given up four or more goals in five of their last six, and 12 of their last 15 games.

  6. Detroit’s team save percentage has dipped to .894. Only five teams are below the Red Wings in that category.

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