Detroit Red Wings Review – April 26 – May 2, 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi, Bobby Ryan, Dylan Larkin, and Frans Nielsen are all out for the remainder of the season. No players are or have been on COVID protocol this week.
Wing Movement – No moves, aside from accounting moves to and from the taxi squad, were made this week.
Game Review – The Red Wings played four games this week. They opened the week with a shootout loss against Columbus which was a goaltending duel that went scoreless into the shootout. They would repeat that feat Saturday, with a goal-less game into the shootout, beating Tampa Bay 1-0. In-between those goaltender duels, they lost a 3-1 contest to Carolina and lost 2-1 to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Wings earned three out of eight possible points this week. The Wings are in seventh in the Central Division and 24th in the NHL with a 18-27-9 record.
Talking Hockey – In the ten days since Dylan Larkin was lost for the season to injury, the Wings have managed to score more than one goal in a game once, and that was a 7-3 win which was Larkin’s first game out. They were shutout twice this week, although they won one of those games in a shootout and lost the other in the shootout. There are only two games left this season, both against the only team below them in the division standings. Columbus was expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, and at two points behind Detroit, is not going to want to lose these games and finish last. At this point, Detroit can finish no worse than 30 in the standings, but with Vancouver unlikely to be able to finish their games, final standings will likely come down to point percentage instead of points, where the Wings sit 27th overall now.
Player of the Week – Thomas Greiss – Greiss did not allow a goal in two starts this week, taking both games scoreless into a shootout for 130 minutes of ice time. He finished the week with a 1-0-1 record, two shutouts and 66 saves. Greiss has been, all season long, a standout goalie for Detroit. While his win-loss record has not been great, he has received the lowest run support (Goaltender with the lowest Team Foals For while in net) of any NHL goaltender since the start of the season.