Detroit Red Wings Review – April 5-11, 2021
Broken Wings – Tyler Bertuzzi continues to be on IR with no timetable for return. The Red Wings also announced this week that Bobby Ryan will miss the rest of the season with an upper body injury. Robby Fabbri missed the entire week with an upper body injury.
Wing Movement – Patrik Nemeth was traded to Colorado for a draft pick. Brian Lashoff (Grand Rapids) was traded to Columbus for David Savard, who was then traded to Tampa Bay for a draft pick. Jon Merrill was traded to Montreal for Hayden Verbeek and a draft pick. Mathias Brome, Taro Hirose and Gustav Lindstrom were all recalled from Grand Rapids due to the trades.
Game Review – The Red Wings played three games this week. The Wings played two games against Nashville and one against Columbus. The first game against Nashville was lost in a shootout but Nashville won the second game 7-1, the second time in a month Detroit lost to Nashville by that score. Saturday’s game against Columbus was a back-and-forth affair that ended with Detroit winning in a shootout. The Wings earned three out of six 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 – With the trade deadline looming, this weekend finally saw the selloff of players. With the trades of two roster defenseman, the rest of this season will likely be an audition for next season for many of the young players that are vital to the rebuild. It is likely that more players will be moved before Monday’s deadline.
Player of the Week – Adam Erne – Erne carried the team for a second week in a row. Erne (2G, 1A), along with Valtteri Filppula (1G, 1A) were the only players this week with multiple points. Both players are playing for trades and Erne made a cause to fetch a late 1st or 2nd round pick with his play the last two weeks.