Detroit Red Wings come up big with 5-2 win over Vegas on Saturday

Detroit Red Wings extend their point-surge with a 5-2 win over Vegas. Red Wings are now 9-2-1 in the month of January.
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The Detroit Red Wings have been absolutely surging lately. This month, they are 9-2-1 with 19 points added to their season total. They added another big win, taking down the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. It helped them add two more points and leaves them with one more game before the All-Star break.

It was a big win for the Detroit Red Wings, even if it was not a conference or divisional opponent. Injury-ridden or not, Vegas is a good team, and Detroit was able to hold them off, coming away with a 5-2 win over the Golden Knights. A five-goal first period got things going, leaving the Red Wings ahead. Things would stay that way through all 60 minutes.

They held Vegas off the board the rest of the way with some big defensive plays in the second period, specifically, and in the third before Detroit started hammering nails into the coffin. It was a big game for Detroit, seeing Alex Lyon stand up and churn out another solid performance in the net.

Even with the Red Wings getting Ville Husso back, it's got to be nice to have Lyon on such a roll right now. It'll be interesting to see what happens as the Red Wings square off with Ottawa next week, especially after a big win against Vegas to cap off this week.

Detroit Red Wings beat Vegas, collecting the 19th point in the month.

It was a big game, as Detroit has 13 games in January with 26 possible points. They have a chance to earn two more against Ottawa, which would put them on 21 for this month. If not, 19/26 converts to earning 73% of the possible points this month.

If that's not a bounce-back month then I do not know what is. After a horrid performance in December, the Red Wings are rolling, and it has put them back into the playoff conversation. But, regarding Saturday night's game, it was good to see the Red Wings play strong defensively, even after a rough first period, allowing Vegas to stay in the game.

Vegas put together some chances throughout, but the defense stayed strong, and Lyon kept Detroit ahead. Offensively, it was a big game for milestones. Dylan Larkin had two goals on the game, getting the Red Wings offense rolling and adding an empty-netter late in the game.

The first goal was a big one. He added career-goal no. 200 with his tally against Vegas. If you ask Andrew Copp, it may not mean sh*t, but for Larkin, he's got career goals 200 & 201 with his two tallies on Saturday night. He also extended his point streak to 11 games in a row with that goal.

Moritz Seider tallied career assist no.100 during the Red Wings win on Saturday as well. You know, the same Moritz Seider who's "not good" and should be played in a "simpler role," according to folks on social media. But he continues to be effective for Detroit and proves why he was a great pick at sixth overall—more on that coming.

Overall, the Red Wings win was a big one, and with Ottawa on the horizon, it has to leave Detroit feeling good. After Saturday night's win, Detroit has a five-point lead on the New York Islanders for the second wildcard spot and are just two points back of Tampa Bay for the last spot in the Divisional round.