Detroit Red Wings stock watch: Three who are up, two who are down

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings are two games from the end of their season, and their goaltenders are doing everything they can to get them to the finish line on a competitive note.

Thomas Greiss and Jonathan Bernier highlight the last stock watch of the season; only one of them came away with a victory in the four games played last week, but that was because the Wings couldn’t score. Their goals-allowed average was 1.25, but their goals-for average was 0.50. The lineup has been so depleted of offensive players it’s barely possible to cobble together one decent power play unit.

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The Wings went 1-2-1 last week, losing 1-0 in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets and 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, besting the Tampa Bay Lighting 1-0 in a shootout and then losing 2-1 to the defending champions. The Wings (18-27-9) wrap up their season with Friday and Saturday games at the Blue Jackets.

Beyond the goalies, it was a meager week for the stock watch.

Stock up

Thomas Greiss

What a performance he delivered. Back-to-back 33-save outings to set up 0-0 shootouts. The second game, against the Lightning, was a lopsided affair; the Wings were outshot, 11-4, after the first period and 33-15 after overtime. The shootout went eight rounds. Greiss posted a 1-0-1 record on the week, with a 1.00 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average in 130 minutes to land on the stock up for a second straight week.

Jonathan Bernier

He continued his season-long role as the team’s rock, making 29 saves April 29 in a game in which the Wings were outshot, 32-17, and 40 saves in Sunday’s loss to the Lightning. Bernier’s performances last week yielded a .932 save percentage and 2.61 GAA in 114:48 minutes.

Joe Veleno

He’s played four NHL games, and looked like he belongs. That’s a good sign for the organization from the 30th overall pick in 2018. Veleno has made a favorable impression towards being a regular out of camp next season, playing with physicality and winning draws. He set up Sam Gagner for a good scoring chance. It’s a solid showing for a short time.

Stock down

Filip Hronek

I’m going to cut the 23-your-old defenseman some slack because he has a big burden, but he seems to be out of steam. He has made turnovers, fumbled the puck, and has struggled to run the power play. He’s a better player than he’s been down the stretch, and the four-day layoff between games this week may make for a better showing for him in the last two games. He’s one of only two Wings who are on pace to have played the entire 56-game slate (Marc Staal is the other).

Troy Stecher

He was a healthy scratch Saturday, and finished the minus-2 on the week, with no points. He’s generally been pretty accountable, but lately he’s been noticeable for turning the puck over and being loose defensively.

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