The Montreal Canadiens came out flying on Tuesday night and scored two quick goals in the first period and added an empty net goal late in the game for a 3-0 victory over the Red Wings. The Detroit Red Wings are now 0-3 in Canada for the season.
Here are eight takeaways from Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Canadiens.
#1: Nedeljkovic was terrific. Despite allowing two first period goals, Alex Nedeljkovic was outstanding in the Detroit goal. Nedeljkovic made 38 saves to keep the Red Wings in the game.
#2: Seider is NHL’s Top Rookie. After earning Rookie of the Month earlier in the day, Moritz Seider played another excellent game for Detroit. Seider was one of the bright spots for Detroit as he had six shots on goal and logged 22:28 time on ice.
#3: Filip Hronek turned 24 on Tuesday. He has really settled down after being paired with Nick Leddy. Hronek had four blocked shots on the night and had 22:21 of ice time.
#4: Sam Gagner led all Detroit forwards with 18:02 of playing time. Gagner had three shots on goal and won 67% of his faceoffs.
#5: Lucas Raymond continues to shine offensively. Raymond was held off the score sheet but, he had four shots on goal in just over 15 minutes of playing time. Raymond has now played 10 games and looks like a lock to stay with the Red Wings for the foreseeable future.
#6: Forward depth is missing. A lack of forward depth at the NHL level was evident as Dylan Larkin (Personal) and Tyler Bertuzzi (No Covid-Vaccination), did not play for the Red Wings. A lack of depth at center is killing the Red Wings. Joe Veleno showed some spark and had four hits on the night. The play of Michael Rasmussen is a mystery. He was -2 on the night and didn’t create any scoring chances playing on the top line.
#7: The power play needs to score. The Red Wings had a 5-3 power play in the 2nd period and did not score. Without Bertuzzi and Larkin, the Red Wings failed to score with the man advantage and remain near the bottom of the league in special teams.
#8: You have to feel for Danny DeKeyser, he just isn’t the same player he was prior to back surgery. It’s only a matter of time before DeKeyser is once again placed on waivers and banished to the press box. By Christmas, DeKeyser should be replaced by Jared McIsaac on the Red Wings defense. Grand Rapids has 18 more games before Christmas, and all McIsaac needs is playing time before he is ready to make the jump to the NHL.
The Red Wings continue their road trip with a game in Boston on Thursday night. Game time is 7:00 PM ET.