Just as the Detroit Red Wings are finally beginning to gain some traction in the NHL season, the New Jersey Devils look to have lost their way.
These two teams currently headed in opposite directions will clash on the ice Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.
The Wings, 1-7-2 in their first 10 games, have won two straight. They beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Sunday at home and posted a 5-3 road triumph Tuesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets, rallying after frittering away a 3-0 third-period lead.
"I think against Dallas was probably our most complete game," Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard told Detroitredwings.com. "We got off to a great start in a building lately that hasn't been that friendly to us. But we've still got to figure out a way, when we're up 3-0, to not be letting teams creep back in."
The Devils arrive in Detroit for the second game of a seven-game road trip off a dreadful opening act. They squandered a 2-0 lead and were drubbed 8-3 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"We're not a team that can play 90 percent or 80 percent," Devils center Nico Hischier told NJ.com. "We have to be at our best to beat teams. Everyone in this room knows his role and has to play that way." >> Read more
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