Detroit Red Wings Review May 3-9, 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi, Bobby Ryan, Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen, and Robby Fabbri all missed the entire week after being ruled out for the season in April. Adam Erne missed both games this week. No players were on COVID protocol for the 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 two games this week, both against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were the final two games of the season for both teams. Friday’s game saw Detroit win 5-2, although two goals were scored into the empty net in the third. Saturday, Columbus prevailed 5-4 in OT. The Wings earned three out of four possible points this week. The Wings finished the season seventh in the Central Division and are currently 26th in the NHL with a 19-27-10 record. Detroit can finish no worst than 27th in the final standings, as only Vancouver, who have seven more games to play, can pass them in the standings at this point.
Talking Hockey – Detroit provided offense this week as several roster players decided they might want/need contracts next season and decided to step up. The Wings had to earn three of four points this week to avoid finishing last in the division for a second straight year, a feat they accomplished to regulate Columbus to the bottom. Detroit has now finished seventh or worse in the division three seasons in a row, but did show signs that, if players manage to stay healthy next season, last season was the bottom of the rebuild and that there are things to be encouraged about heading into next season.
Player of the Week – Jakub Vrana – Vrana turned in another solid performance this week. He has shown since his trade that a new address could jumpstart his standings. He hasn’t shown that he is going to be the kind of player who phones in shifts, a reputation that got him run out of Washington in the Anthony Mantha trade.