The Detroit Red Wings are once again taking on the Nashville Predators who have been a sudden entry into the playoff picture. What was once a formality in Detroit is now a distant memory. While fans wait for those days to return, the attention is fixed on the upcoming trade deadline where it’s another designation as sellers. It doesn’t dull the suspense of a trade deadline, but the excitement of adding players for a long playoff run versus the adding of assets to build an organization are diametrically opposed when it comes to that excitement lasting.
The Red Wings continue to improve
The Red Wings record (13-22-6) may reveal a team that is not chock full of talent. It goes without saying that the team has struggled and will continue to until the higher caliber players arrive to take the open positions. But there has been growth this season and certainly a better brand of hockey–albeit boring at times–that have kept scores closer than the blowouts seen last year. Detroit is only four wins off of last year’s total, and those 17 wins were frozen once the pandemic cancelled the season. Which was in March. The Red Wings 13 victories in 41 games shows a more competitive squad.
Red Wings Players to Watch
- Thomas Greiss: He’s been better lately after a pretty rough first few months. In his last five games, he’s had an average save percentage of .941 while going 1-1-2 in that stretch. With some goal support, he may have a winning record over his last six games. *Editor’s Note: Jonathan Bernier is starting. Save this insight for another game.
- Filip Zadina: He’s due to score an onslaught of goals. Zadina has done the little things over the course of the season, and in time, it’s only fair to think he’ll be rewarded for it.
- Adam Erne: Can he notch his tenth goal of the season tonight? Certainly one of the brightest spots of the season, Erne has been the most consistent Red Wings goal scorer in the last few weeks. Imagine how bad it would be if he wasn’t….