DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings were soaring, winning five of six games with the latest victory on Monday night over the Edmonton Oilers.
However, the emotional loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday probably set Detroit up for disaster in Calgary. The Flames were coming off of an important win over the Minnesota Wild, and were looking to climb out of a hole they dug by losing the previous four games.
They jumped out to a 3-0 lead against a visibly lagging Detroit squad. But the Red Wings, as they've shown before, were never out of Thursday night's game in Calgary. Late 3rd period goals showed some hope and momentum that could be carried into Nashville.
They face the Nashville Predators Monday. But before then, the Wings get a few days off to rest and recover from a short trip.
This two-game slump most likely can be attributed to trying to cram three games in five days before the holiday.
However, the Red Wings haven't been doing so great on the road all season. Their 8-10-0 road record is what's keeping them out of first place in the Central Division.
The Chicago Blackhawks continue to charge forward and retain a 5-point lead over the Wings. The St. Louis Blues are now just one point behind Detroit.
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