Detroit Red Wings Review March 29-April 4 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi continues to be on IR with no timetable for return. Jonathan Bernier remains out as well. Bobby Ryan (Upper Body) and Sam Gagner (Lower Body) both missed the weekend games with injures.
Wing Movement – Injuries resulted in Franz Nielsen and Valtteri Filppula returning to the lineup from the taxi squad. Givani Smith also returned to the lineup this week from the taxi squad.
Game Review – The Red Wings played four games this week, two against the Florida Panthers and two against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first game of the week saw Detroit give up three goals in the first five minutes, eventually falling to the Panthers 4-1. Thursday, the Wings looked more competitive, losing in overtime. The weekend faired better for Detroit, losing a close game to Tampa Bay 2-1 on Saturday, before scoring three goals in six minutes Sunday to walk away with a 5-1 win. The Wings earned three out of eight possible points this week. The Wings are in last (8th) in the Central Division and 28th in the NHL with a 13-22-5 record.
Talking Hockey – The Red Wings are past the half-way point of this four-week grind of playing four games every seven days. They have sat just under 500 during the stretch so far, playing both dominate, poor, and importantly close games. This is a team that still benefits from moral victories as much as real ones; however, with five weeks left to the season, the Red Wings must begin to transition moral victories to real ones to set the stage for next season when Detroit must be able to make a playoff push at the trade deadline if they are going to keep the rebuild on track.
Player of the Week – Adam Erne – Erne played well this week, netting two goals, an assist, and leaving Sunday’s game on a three-game point streak. With the trade deadline looming, Erne, who is an RFA next season and likely not in Detroit’s full-time plans beyond this season, his uptick in play the last few weeks seems like a push to get himself traded to a contending team in need of a third line player with an offensive upside.