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Red Wings grab 3 of 8 possible points on western road trip with 1 stop left

Dylan Larkin turns with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dylan Larkin turns with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings will need a win Thursday night in Dallas if they want to break even in their 5-game western road trip. 

Here's how it has gone so far:

  • Jan. 4 -- 2-0 loss in Anaheim
  • Jan. 5 -- 4-0 win in Los Angeles
  • Jan. 7 -- 6-3 loss in San Jose
  • Jan. 10 -- 4-3 OT loss in Chicago

The Dallas Stars are the final opponent in this January trip. The Red Wings (17-18-6-0) have a chance to get 5 out of a possible 10 points before returning home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. 

Detroit is in last place in the Atlantic Division, 6 points behind the Ottawa Senators, and 8 points behind the Philadelphia Flyers, who hold the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. 

 

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A Red Wings post season trip is looking less and less likely at the midway point of the season. Injuries certainly haven't helped the cause. Veterans Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green returned to the lineup in Chicago, but key players remain out of commission:

 

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