Detroit Red Wings Week Five Review – February 15 – 21, 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi has not yet resumed skating and still has no timeframe to return. Vladislav Namestnikov missed Friday and Saturday’s games because of a lower body injury. Troy Stecher and Sam Gagner both missed Saturday’s game as well. The Red Wings have no players on COVID protocol.
Wing Movement – No significant moves happened over the week. Accounting moves to and from taxi squad were the only movements. Danny DeKeyser, who has been a “healthy” scratch as he continues to deal with effects from his major back surgery in December 2019 returned to the lineup and played his first game in 10 on Saturday.
Game Review – The Red Wings played four games this week. They played full series against the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. The Wings dropped both games against Chicago but played competitively. They lost the first game 3-2 in overtime and the second game 2-0 despite controlling every major stat category besides the score.
The Florida games went different. The team played one of their worst games of the season on Friday. They lost 7-2 in a contest where Florida easily could have put up a 10-goal game. Saturday’s game went better with Detroit getting outplayed but winning the game 2-1. The Red Wings earned three of eight possible points this week and finished the week last (8th) in the Central Division and 29th in the NHL with a 5-12-3 record.
Talking Hockey – The Red Wings played well this week except for Friday’s game, their first falter in almost two weeks, which is to be expected given the age and status of the team. The biggest issue facing the team is their terrible play on special teams. They are among the worst teams in the NHL in both categories. Seven of the Wings 13 losses have been by one goal and the Wings are 0-21 on the PP in those loses. If they could have gotten 1 PP goal in four of those games to force an overtime loss, they would be tied for 16th in the NHL and would be 6th in the central division.
Player of the Week – Luke Glendening – While Robby Fabbri and Dylan Larkin were the only two players this week with multiple points, Glendening continued his blue-collar work for the Wings and was instrumental in Saturday’s bounce-back win, picking up an assist. Glendening continues to pace the NHL in faceoff percentage, nearly five percent ahead of the next skater in the NHL.