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GAME DAY: Red Wings take on Vegas way past bedtime (10:00 p.m. ET, BSDET)

The Detroit Red Wings will look to sweep their 2021–22 season series against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 18.

You might want to stock up on your energy drink of choice: Thursday’s game is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Wings are currently on a two-game losing streak, most recently falling to the Dallas Stars by a 5–2 score on Nov. 16.

Filip Zadina and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit on Tuesday, with the latter leaving the game following the second period after entering the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

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Vegas lost 4–2 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, with Brett Howden and Shea Theodore scoring in the defeat. The Knights currently rank fourth in the Pacific Division a 9–7–0 record on the season; Detroit is fourth in the Atlantic at 8–8–2.

The Red Wings

Detroit went with these combinations against Dallas on Nov. 16:

Tyler BertuzziDylan LarkinLucas Raymond
Filip ZadinaPius SuterRobby Fabbri
Vladislav NamestnikovMichael RasmussenAdam Erne
Sam GagnerJoe VelenoCarter Rowney

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider
Nick LeddyFilip Hronek
Marc Staal – Gustav Lindström

It remains unclear at this juncture whether Larkin will be ready to go for the Red Wings against Vegas. If not, it’s likely we see Veleno move up and Givani Smith draw in on the fourth line.

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Thomas Greiss (4–5–0, .907 SV%) will likely start for Detroit on Thursday.

The Golden Knights

Vegas went with these lines against the Hurricanes on Tuesday:

Evgenii DadonovChandler StephensonMark Stone
Keegan KolesarNicolas RoyReilly Smith
Mattias JanmarkJake Leschyshyn – Michael Amadio
Paul CotterBrett HowdenJonas Rondbjerg

Nicolas HagueAlex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabbShea Theodore
Ben HuttonDylan Coghlan

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Robin Lehner (7–6–0, .917 SV%) started for Vegas against Carolina. He’ll probably get the nod against the Red Wings, especially considering how Laurent Brossoit allowed four goals on 29 shots in Detroit on Nov. 7.

Scoring leaders

Detroit: Lucas Raymond (seven goals, 18 points); Tyler Bertuzzi (nine goals, 17 points); Dylan Larkin (eight goals, 14 points); Moritz Seider (two goals, 13 points); Vladislav Namestnikov (seven goals, 10 points).

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Vegas: Chandler Stephenson (five goals, 16 points); Jonathan Marchessault (nine goals, 13 points); Reilly Smith (five goals, 11 points); Shea Theodore (three goals, 11 points); Alex Pietrangelo (three goals, nine points).

Players to watch

Detroit: You read that right: Lucas Raymond currently leads the Red Wings in scoring. The teenage winger is up to 18 points in 18 games and is currently riding a three-game point-scoring streak, all while also being an excellent play-driver. Something would have to go very wrong for Raymond to not end the season firmly in the Calder Trophy conversation. 

Vegas: After missing nearly a month with a lower-body injury, Golden Knights captain Mark Stone is back in the lineup and has assists in consecutive games since making his return against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 13. The 29-year-old winger has five points (all assists) in four games with Vegas this season.

Viewing and listening options

You might want to take an afternoon nap before Thursday’s Red Wings game, which will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 10:00 p.m. ET.

It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXVT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.