The Detroit Red Wings are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at home. Now they will look to rebound themselves with a win against the Senators, but on their turf. After getting embarrassed by the Senators in the third period, they will undoubtedly be looking to make this a revenge game, but there is one complication.
The Detroit Red Wings have a great group of young forwards, but unfortunately, one of those forwards will not be able to play tonight against the Senators.
Forward, Tyler Bertuzzi is currently considered ineligible to play against the Senators given his current vaccination status. So in his absence, the Detroit Red Wings have re-called forward, Kyle Criscuolo from their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Kyle Criscuolo has made two appearances this season for the Red Wings, but hasn’t really made an impact in either game. In those two games, Criscuolo has one assist and has an even +/-. However, that might arise the question as to why they decided to call him up over somebody else? Well, that’s an easy question.
Kyle Criscuolo has played in 49 games this season for the Grand Rapid Griffins and has performed pretty well. In those 49 games, Criscuolo has 12 goals, 20 assists and 32 total points. As you can see, those are actually pretty respectable numbers from a guy playing in the AHL. Therefore, this seems like the right move by the Red Wings organization.
I don’t expect Criscuolo to play given the fact that forward, Mitchell Stephens, has been practicing with the club. In fact, he even filled in for Dylan Larkin on the first line in yesterday’s practice. Now, that’s not a great example because I would consider it very unlikely that Larkin doesn’t play, but anything can happen. Nonetheless, the Red Wings will be without Tyler Bertuzzi for the upcoming game.