from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde is frequently referencing the fine line his team is skating each night between victory and defeat.
Following a 4-1 loss on Saturday to the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena, it was again a fitting topic of conversation.
“Our margin of error is small to begin with,” Lalonde said. “It’s just who we are and where we’re at. And it’s even less against really good teams.”
Completing a five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record, the underlying numbers were revealing for the Red Wings. They were 2-0-1 against the Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres. Detroit went 0-2 facing two top clubs, the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights (Pacific) and the Toronto Maple Leafs, second in the Atlantic.
“It’s a little frustrating and a little bit of reality of where we’re at,” Lalonde said. “The guys compete and there’s the will and the want right now.
“If you look at the homestand, we go 2-0-1 against three teams sitting outside the playoff bubble right now and we go 0-2 versus two elite teams.”
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