Detroit Red Wings Review April 12-18, 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi and Bobby Ryan are out for the rest of the season. Robby Fabbri missed the entire week with an upper body injury. Evgeny Svechnikov missed Thursday and Saturday’s games with an upper body injury. Joe Veleno finished his season in the SHL and returned to North America, after serving his quarantine he was activated from COVID protocol.
Wing Movement – Anthony Mantha was traded to Washington for Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik. The Red Wings signed 2020 4th overall pick Lucas Raymond to a 3-year ELC starting with the 2021-2022 NHL season. Joe Veleno was activated to the taxi squad.
Game Review – The Red Wings played three games this week. The first game of the week came on the same day that Mantha was traded. Detroit managed a 3-1 win over Carolina. The second two games of the week were at home against Chicago, winning on Thursday 4-1 before being shut out on Saturday 4-0. Thursday’s win game the Wings their first 3 game win streak of the season. The Wings earned four out of six possible points this week, their first week of the season above .500. The Wings are in last (8th) in the Central Division and 26th in the NHL with a 16-24-6 record.
Talking Hockey – Detroit is attempting to finish the season strong and play spoiler to the division rivals they have battled all season. Newcomer Jakub Vrana scored in his first game as a Wing. Vrana is meant to replace the offense lost in the Mantha trade since the emergence in recent weeks in the play of Michael Rasmussen made Mantha’s size expendable (not that Mantha was one to throw around his body). Detroit comes into this week with 10 games left on the schedule and a 4-3-2 record in their last 10 games and a 4-2-1 record in their last seven.
Player of the Week – Michael Rasmussen – Rasmussen’s play the last month or so has been steadily improving. Rasmussen was always seen as hopefully being a poor man’s version of Mantha, but this season has shown that while Rasmussen does not have the offensive touch of Mantha, his drive, effort and defensive commitment are much better than Mantha’s. With Mantha’s departure via trade this week, Rasmussen flourished with the extra responsibility and turned in three points (1G, 2A) along with seeing nearly a two-minute increase in Time-on-Ice.