Red Wings Review – October 24 2022
Game Review – Game 1, W 3-0 vs Montreal Canadians. Game 2, W 5-2 @ New Jersey Devils, Game 3, OTL 5-4 vs Los Angeles Kings. Game 4, OTL 4-3 @ Chicago Blackhawks. Game 5, W 5-1 vs Anaheim Ducks.
Broken Wings – Robbie Fabbri (Knee) – has not played all season, will return around January. Tyler Bertuzzi (Upper Body) – Likely a broken hand/wrist, 6-8 weeks was the timeframe provided by the team. Jakub Vrana (Player Assistant Program) indefinite, under the terms of the CBA, his treatment will last at least 30 days, but he cannot return until cleared by the program directors.
Talking Hockey – The Detroit Red Wings opened the season with five games in the first two weekends of the season. Finishing with a 3-0-2 record, Detroit at times struggled with defending the rush and failed to dominate teams destined for the draft lottery. On the other hand, the Wings also managed a major comeback against LA in game three, losing in OT but picking up points out of a game they had not played well in. Their best efforts were games one and five, generally controlling Montreal in game one but struggling with the speed and rush attack of the Habs, and a dominating performance in game 5 against Anaheim. Detroit has not allowed a PPG against this season (tied 1st at 100% PK), and their PP is mid-pack.
Week Ahead – Detroit plays three times this week with the biggest challenge of the week, and of the season to date, being in Boston against the Bruins on Thursday. Before Boston, Detroit has a rematch with New Jersey on Tuesday and hosts the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Hot Wings – Dylan Larkin, David Perron and Dominik Kubalik are off to blistering starts. The third line, dubbed the Tree Line because Michael Rasmussen, Elmer Soderblom and Oskar Sundqvist are all over 6’ 3”, have played well also.
Frozen Wings – Lucas Raymond has struggled this season. It’s evident that a sophomore slum is in the works. He’s been heavily defended and has struggled at times to figure out how to play against the coverage. Mostly has been a ghost on the ice. Had a highlight real setup in game two, but otherwise has only 2 assists on the season.
In Play! Player of the Week – Dylan Larkin – Larkin has taken the team on his back at times. He finished the week 2nd in points with 7 (3G, 4A) on the team and is tied for the team lead in assists. He’s also tied in Plus/Minus (+5).