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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, February 7, 2019
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 18,889

Back on track, Golden Knights try to stifle Red Wings

Vegas Golden Knights at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Golden Knights beat the Lightning, 3-2, in a shootout on Tuesday, rallying from a 2-0 deficit. It was their fifth comeback win of at least two goals this season, tied for fourth most in the league.
  2. Valentin Zykov opened his Golden Knights scoring account in just his fourth game with the team. He's the fourth Vegas player to score within his first five games with the team this season (Max Pacioretty, Daniel Carr, Paul Stastny).
  3. Detroit beat the Golden Knights, 6-3, in Las Vegas last season in October, handing the expansion franchise their first-ever loss. Vegas picked up a 4-0 win in its trip to Detroit last March, with Marc-Andre Fleury posting a 28-save shutout.
  4. The Red Wings beat the Senators, 2-0, in Ottawa on Saturday, recording their first three-game winning streak since a four-gamer in November. They've also allowed two or fewer goals in three straight for the first time since November.
  5. Danny DeKeyser scored in the win over Ottawa, his third goal of the season. He has scored in back-to-back games for the first time in almost exactly one year (February 2-3, 2018), and just the third time in his career (also January 23-25, 2016).
  6. Since January 1, Detroit has outshot its opponents by an average of 2.3 shots per game, which ranks eighth in the league. From October-December, the Wings ranked 29th at -5.6. Since January 1, Vegas ranks second at +9.3 (St. Louis, +9.9).

The Vegas Golden Knights notched a much-needed victory over the NHL's best team on Tuesday. They'll carry that momentum to Detroit as they conclude a four-game road trip.

A 3-2 shootout win against Tampa Bay snapped a four-game slide. Vegas hadn't tasted victory since a 7-3 home win against Pittsburgh on Jan. 19. The Golden Knights will now face the Red Wings on Thursday.

"Definitely a good feeling," goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. "Playing the best team and coming up with a win is a good confidence booster."

Fleury stopped every shot he faced during the shootout. Alex Tuch scored the game-winner.

"We played a good, hard game against a real good team," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. "We're happy to end that streak, for sure."

The victory may have come with a price. Center Ryan Carpenter had to be helped off the ice in the second period after getting checked into the boards. He appears unlikely to play Thursday.

Tuch leads Vegas' balanced attack with 40 points this year. He has 16 goals, as do William Karlsson and Max Pacioretty. Jonathan Marchessault holds the club lead with 17.

Right winger Valentin Zykov scored his first goal for Vegas on Tuesday since he was claimed off waivers in late December. The Knights outshot the Lightning 37-26.

"I know we lost the past four games before this, but even though it was in a shootout, I thought that we played hard and played pretty good defensively," Tuch said.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Golden Knights (30-21-4, 64 points). They've scored two or fewer in regulation over the last five games.

The Red Wings have won three straight, including their first two games since the All-Star break. They recorded a 3-2 overtime home victory against Toronto, then shut out Ottawa on the road, 2-0.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser has three goals this season, and two have come in the past two games. He scored the game-winner in overtime against the Maple Leafs, then tallied in the first period against the Senators.

Detroit (21-25-7, 49 points) is hopeful of getting its top offensive threat back in the lineup. Center Dylan Larkin missed the last game due to an oblique strain but shown significant improvement in recent days.

"It took a couple days to settle down and after that, it's been nothing but progress," Larkin told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm hopeful I'll be good to go Thursday."

Tyler Bertuzzi, who has seen some first-line duty with Larkin, will miss the game with an upper-body injury.

Larkin is encouraged by the way his team is pulling out close contests after losing 15 of its previous 19 games prior to the win streak.

"We were playing really good hockey and we just weren't closing it out, and now we are and our confidence is high," he said. "Everyone is chipping in and playing hard. It's fun for us right now, and it's something we need to keep going."

The Red Wings embark on a three-game road trip after facing Vegas, beginning with a back-to-back in Buffalo Saturday and Chicago Sunday. The Knights begin a four-game homestand against Columbus on Saturday.

This is the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Vegas. They'll play at Las Vegas on March 23.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 6, 2019

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