Richards tallied a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-1 rout of the Islanders. Father Time has not been kind to the 11-time 60-plus point center, as these were just his 14th and 15th points in 38 games this season. Still, Richards provides a winning pedigree and a ton of experience to a Red Wings squad ripe with young talent -- something that is sure to come in handy should Detroit be able to muscle their way into the postseason come April.
Richards scored his fifth goal of the season in a 4-2 victory against the Islanders on Monday. Ricahrds snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with the goal. The center's production has waned over the last couple seasons, and he's on pace for the least points of his career this year. That being said, he's not relied upon as heavily in Detroit, and is there to provide a steady second-line presence rather than light up the scoreboard.
Richards will miss Friday's game in Buffalo following the passing of his grandfather, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Khan adds that Richards will play Saturday against the Ducks, a home game that precedes three straight games on the road. It's not clear who will take his spot in the lineup Friday, but it appears that a call-up will be made since there are only 11 forwards available and currently no extra defensemen that could temporarily assume a forward role.
Richards assisted on Dylan Larkin's breakaway goal to aid Detroit in a 1-0 victory against New Jersey on Monday. The pass was a beauty that resulted in the only scoring in the game. Richards got off to a bit of a slow start this season but does have seven points in his last 11 games. He's upped his total to 12 points in 27 contests on the year.
Richards was unable to get on the scoresheet, despite launching six shots on net against the Wild on Monday. Richards saw his three game point streak come to an end Monday. Peppering opposing goaltenders, the 35-year-old has 29 shots on goal in his last seven outings, recording two goals and three assists in the process. St. Louis will be next to face the center's onslaught of shots on Tuesday.
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