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Just as the Detroit Red Wings are finally beginning to gain some traction in the NHL season Authentic Jonathan Toews Jersey , 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.Article continues below ...“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.”New Jersey is 1-3-1 in the last five games and has allowed 24 goals over that span. Cory Schneider spelled Keith Kincaid in goal during the third period, seeing his first game action since undergoing knee surgery in May.“Hopefully again I can come in and play well and earn the right to play more and we can have two reliable options in net,” Schneider said. “We have 15 games (in November), and December’s pretty busy Blake Comeau Jersey Womens , so it only gets harder from here on out.”The Wings scored nine goals in their last two games after netting just 20 goals through their first 10 games. Much of the recent production has been provided by their younger players. Dylan Larkin scored twice in Tuesday’s win, and Tyler Bertuzzi netted the game winner off a feed from rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski.Anthony Mantha, Detroit’s goal-scoring leader last season with 24, has scored in consecutive games after netting one goal in the first 10 games. Rookie Michael Rasmussen scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday’s win.“It’s great,” Howard said. “We need the younger guys to drive the bus here for us and the last couple of games they’ve done that.”It wasn’t all roses for Detroit. In the last two games, they’ve lost all three members of their second forward line to injury. Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou didn’t play Tuesday, and Thomas Vanek was hurt early in the game.“I would say Vani’s out,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “If I were to give an estimate, it would be 2-3 weeks. Is it longer or shorter? We’ll find out when he gets examined.”Nielsen won’t play Thursday, while Athanasiou is a game-time decision.“I think we’ll call two forwards up,” Blashill said. “If AA (Athanasiou) can play Patrick Kane Jersey , then we’ll call one. We’ll know more on AA tomorrow but I think there’s a good chance we’ll call two forwards up.” VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Eric Staal is having the type of scoring surge where it seems the puck finds its way into the net whenever he shoots.The Minnesota center scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Wild surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Friday night.Staal has 11 goals in his last nine games, giving him 37 for the season – just three behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.”A lot of people say, `Look how lucky he is,”’ Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”But in the end, it’s not luck. The good players do that.”Zach Parise, Matt Cullen, Marcus Foligno and Charlie Coyle -with an empty-netter – also scored for the Wild, who have won three straight and eight of their past 10. Minnesota leads Dallas by three points for third in the Central Division and trails Winnipeg by six points for second.Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Minnesota.The 41-year-old Cullen, the oldest active player in the NHL, had a goal and an assist – and has scored five of his 10 goals this season in the past 10 games. The Wild are currently headed for the playoffs http://www.officialavalanche.com/authen ... oot-jersey , where the former Pittsburgh Penguins star has a chance to reach his third straight Stanley Cup final.”I get excited about what lies in front when the games get big and everything becomes more magnified and more important,” Cullen said. ”That’s why I still play. I do love this time of year.”Michael Del Zotto and Jussi Jokinen scored for the Canucks, who wrapped up a five-game homestand with a 1-2-2 record. Anders Nilsson finished with 31 saves.”It’s not hard to have a better effort than we had last game. That was terrible,” said Del Zotto, referring to a 2-1 loss to Arizona on Wednesday. ”We talked about it all year, we preach consistently and our effort and compete level has to be there every night.”The first-period scoring all happened in the first 1:42. Vancouver tallied 53 seconds in when Del Zotto’s hard wrist shot from the face-off circle slipped through Dubnyk’s pads, allowing the defenseman to collect his rebound and score on a wraparound.Parise was next, gaining control of a loose puck at the side of the Vancouver net and then deftly lifting it behind Nilsson’s shoulder to quiet the crowd.After Cullen missed on an easy goal with Nilsson out of position, Canucks forward Sam Gagner had a goal waved off for kicking.Nilsson robbed Cullen early in the second with a great glove save, but Cullen finally got his goal at 2:46, when Tyler Ennis made a nice cross-ice pass to Cullen streaking through the slot.Jokinen scored in his second straight game to make it 2-2 in the second. A shot by Erik Gudbranson rebounded right to Jokinen for the easy putback.Mikael Granlund’s wrist shot from a hard angle appeared to have bounced off Troy Stecher’s skate and in to make it 3-2. Staal Erik Condra Jersey Womens , who was tied up with Stecher in the crease, was credited with the goal.In the third, Dubnyk kicked out a pad to deny Jokinen in the slot, then had some luck when a puck trickled through his pads only to hit the post before defenseman Matt Dumba cleared it.After Coyle scored an empty-netter with 43 seconds left, Foligno banged in a rebound to put the game away.”It wasn’t good enough, but it was better,” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin said. ”I thought that we wanted to be part of this game. Last game, I thought we stepped on the ice and thought it was going to be an easy game. Tonight, we battled.”NOTES: Defenseman Ben Hutton and forward Nikolay Goldobin were healthy scratches for Vancouver.UP NEXT:Wild: at Edmonton on Saturday night.Canucks: at Arizona on Sunday night.
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