The Red Wings are 3-1-1 in their last five games, playing some of their best hockey thus far. However, Detroit has to find a way to beat a desperate Dallas team again without Jonathan Bernier.
Three Red Wings Likely Out
Tyler Bertuzzi continues to remain sidelined with his injury. Bobby Ryan remains day to day, but he is likely to return relatively soon, as he’s already back to skating. If Ryan is out, it’s almost certain Evgeny Svechnikov will remain in the lineup. New to the injury list is goaltender Jonathan Bernier, Detroit’s starting goaltender. Luckily, the injury seems to be a minor one, as Jeff Blashill said he’s day to day.
Cholowski gets his chance
With Dennis Cholowski called from the Taxi Squad, it’s likely fans will get to see him in action tonight against Dallas. After a great stretch of play in Grand Rapids (3 goals, 5 assists), it looks like Cholowski will get another shot at proving himself on the main roster.
Can They Do It Without Bernier?
Jonathan Bernier has been one of the strongest players in Detroit this year, keeping Detroit in nearly every game he starts. But until he’s healthy, the team will need to figure it out with Thomas Greiss. Luckily, in this stretch of solid hockey that Detroit has been playing for a few weeks now, a few players have proved they can step up when the team needs it.
Adam Erne has been playing lights out after scoring two power play goals against Carolina.
Robby Fabbri has also looked fantastic of late, even netting a natural hat trick to singlehandedly secure a victory against the Stars Thursday night.
If Detroit wants to win three games consecutively for the first time this season, the team has to provide Greiss with goal support. Keep an eye on Fabbri and Cholowski. It’ll be interesting to see how Fabbri follows up one of the best performances of his career, and if Cholowski cracks the starting lineup, he’ll be playing to stay.