Just as the Detroit Red Wings are finally beginning to gain some traction in the NHL season http://www.officialcapitals.com/auth...znetsov-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 Jakub Vrana Jersey , 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, 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 Derek Ryan Jersey Womens , 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, 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.” NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point like playing on the same line John Carlson Jersey , and it’s a combination that’s working out well for the Tampa Bay Lightnint, too.Kucherov had a goal and three assists for his first four-point game, Point added a goal and two assists, and the Lightning beat the struggling New Jersey Devils 5-1 Monday night.“He’s a speedy player who is fun to play with,” Kucherov said of Point.Point returned the compliment.“He’s so easy to play with,” he said. “He gets the puck to me in easy places. Kuch just works some good passes and I just shoot.”Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde also scored to help the Lightning become the first team in the league to reach 20 wins this season. Ryan McDonagh had two assists and Louis Domingue stopped 26 shots as Tampa Bay got its third straight win and sixth in seven games.Egor Yakovlev scored his first career goal for the Devils, who have lost six straight and eight of nine. Keith Kinkaid started and gave up four goals on 20 shots before he was pulled after two periods. Cory Schneider had five saves in the third.“You have to give them credit Lars Eller Jersey ,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “They are a heck of a hockey team. They just outworked us. Sometimes, it becomes a slippery slope. We didn’t play well enough to win the game.”New Jersey, which lost in regulation at home for only the second time this season, seemed to have the better of the early play, outshooting the Lightning 7-1 over the first 10 minutes, but it didn’t take long for league’s top offensive team get going.First, Kucherov extended his points streak to 10 games — one shy of his career high — with a goal with a little more than six minutes left in the first period on a 40-foot shot that seemed to handcuff Kinkaid.Asked if he’s having a torrid streak, Kucherov replied: “Maybe that’s something you should say something about. I just play hockey.”Point continued his mastery over the Devils with a power-play goal with less than a minute remaining in the period. It was Point’s 20th goal of the season and his sixth goal in nine career games against New Jersey.“I think at that point Madison Bowey Jersey , momentum was in our favor,” said veteran Steve Stamkos, who added to the cause with a goal and an assist. “I think that goal took a lot out of them.”The Lightning made it 3-0 when McDonagh’s wrist shot was deflected in front by Johnson for his 11th at 8:20 of the second.The Devils crept back into the game with 8:14 left when rookie defenseman Yakovlev got his first goal.But the high-flying Lightning wasted little time to push the lead back to three when Gourde scored his 10th just 1:13 later off a pretty feed from Stamkos.Stamkos scored a power-play goal in the first 20 seconds of the third on the first shot that Schneider faced. It was Stamkos’ ninth of the season.Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep in the season series with the Devils, outscoring them 18-6.“Maybe the pucks are bouncing well for one team,” said Point, who now has five goals and eight assists in his last five regular season games against New Jersey. “They were competing. They were finishing their checks. We just played well. I just think we’re getting more familiar with each other. That’s helping us get the job done.”NOTES: The Lightning lead the NHL in goals scored (107) and goals per game at 3.9. … Kucherov had his 84th multipoint game since the start of the 2015-16 season. Only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby has more during that span with 87. It was the 100th multipoint game of Kucherov’s career. … Kucherov’s scoring streak is just one shy of a career high.UP NEXTLightining: At Detroit on Tuesday night.Devils: At Los Angeles on Thursday night.