The two worst teams in the NHL face-off on Thursday when the Detroit Red Wings (14-40-4, 32 points) visit the New Jersey Devils (20-25-10, 50 points). The Detroit Red Wings have the worst record in hockey and have just 32 points through 58 games Detroit has won two of its last four but lost to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in their last outing on Tuesday.
New Jersey had a two-game winning streak intact until the Devils lost on Tuesday night to the Florida Panthers 5-3. The Devils have now lost four of their last six overall, but looking on the bright side, if that exists for the Devils, in the two wins prior to their loss on Tuesday New Jersey posted two consecutive shutout victories beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 followed by a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Red Wings look for third win in their last fiveIn a season in which the Detroit Red Wings have won just 14 of 58 games, any victory is big. The Red Wings have won two of their last four including victories over the Atlantic division-leading Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings have a solid chance of winning on Thursday when visiting the Devils.
The leading goal scorer for the Detroit Red Wings is Tyler Bertuzzi with 18. The leader in assists and points is Dylan Larkin with 25 assists and 40 points. The Red Wings are allowing an atrocious 3.71 goals per game and scoring an anemic 2.03 goals-per-game. Detroit's penalty-kill is one of the worst in the league at 75.3% and its power play is not much better at 14.6%
New Jersey looking for its third win its last forNew Jersey Devils lost their last time out, but had won two straight over Philadelphia and Los Angeles scoring a combined eight goals and allowing 0 goals. Nevertheless, the Devils are in the Metropolitan Division basement with 50 points and trail the next closest team by 10 points.
Kyle Palmieri is leading the Devils in goals scored with 21 and the right-wing is the points leader for New Jersey with 38. Nikita Gusev is the assists leader with 22 that includes five on the power play. The New Jersey defense is giving up 3.44 goals per game while it's offense generates just 2.71 goals per game. The Devils have an 80.6% success rate in the penalty kill while their power-play scores an average of 16.3% of the time.
- New Jersey is 2-1 in the last three
- Detroit is 11-43 in the last 54
- The Red Wings are 1-6 in the last seven when playing on one day’s rest