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The Daily: No Word on Rasmussen Injury; Tortorella Ejected



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Tim Robinson’s story about the Detroit Red Wings‘ fifth consecutive loss had plenty of disappointing news for Detroit fans including the fact Michael Rasmussen left the game with an undisclosed injury.

Detroit coach Derek Lalonde didn’t have a Rasmussen update after the game. An update could come today if the Red Wings practice. Otherwise, we won’t hear until Monday.

The losing streak couldn’t come at a worse time because the New York Islanders have won five in a row while Detroit has lost five. The Red Wings now own the Eastern Conference’s second wild card spot. They are two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who own the first wild card position.  The Islanders are now only two points behind Detroit and  have two games in hand.

Detroit group was more like itself than it was against Colorado and Arizona. The Rasmussen late first period goal seemed to bring them back online.

Not much is going right for the Red Wings at the moment. They have given up four or more goals in each of their five consecutive losses. Opponents Detroit 25-8 in the five games.

The Red Wings certainly understand there’s pressure on them to win in Buffalo Tuesday. That’s the last game of this four-game road trip.

“I just think you got to concentrate on our effort,” Lalonde said. “We did that pretty much from the second period on in Arizona.  Unfortunately, we’re not being rewarded. Keep an effort like that and I think we’ll have some success going forward.”

Red Wings In Case You Missed

  • No luck for the Red Wings in Las Vegas. Jonathan Marchessault registered a hat trick to lead the Golden Knights to a 5-3 triumph against Detroit.
  • Patrick spent just a minute in the Arizona Coyotes organization and the franchise paid homage to his time on social media. Coyotes had some fun.
  • Klim Kostin isn’t a good fit with the Red Wings.
  • GM Steve Yzerman believes goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa is headed in the right direction. .

Red Wings Next Game

The Red Wings will take a season-long five game losing streak into a Tuesday game against the Buffalo Sabres. Without injured captain Dylan Larkin, the team has not been itself.

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Calgary: Trevor Neufeld graded how Pacific Division teams, including the Calgary Flames, performed before the NHL trade deadline.

Chicago:  With Notre Dame getting knocked out of the Big Ten tournament, Nate Brown says the Chicago Blackhawks may be signing Landon Slaggert quickly. He had 20 goals and 31 points in 36 games.

Nashville: James Nichols explores what the New Jersey Devils goalie plan is moving forward.

Philadelphia:  Video included: Coach John Tortorella is ejected. It happened in the Philadelphia Flyers‘ loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins sad post-NHL trade deadline reality was on display in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Dan Kingerski sums up the Penguins mess.