A Glendening Night to Remember

That might have been some of the best hockey we have seen from the Detroit Red Wings in over a year. Detroit was able to only come away with two points in Nashville after winning game two of the series. Game one however was still a very competitive contest. The Wings ended up allowing a winning goal with under a minute left to Dante Fabbro. One player had a career milestone night on Saturday, with Luke Glendening getting his first career three point game. Jonathan Bernier also returned to the net and got his first win since January 19th, allowing two goals on 23 shots.

We will discuss the major and obvious issue first. The Red Wings special teams must play better. The power play went 0-8 throughout both contests, pushing the team to 7.9% on the season. Detroit has actually generated the 10th most power play opportunities in the league. Either way you cut it, the team needed to get it going against the Predators, who had the 3rd worst penalty kill % in the league and they failed. I’m not saying i don’t like all the 5 on 5 goals, but this team will need to get the power play percentage up in order to compete against the elite teams. 

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Luke Glendening had a night he will not forget on Saturday. Luke was able to capture a goal and two assists in the Red Wings 4-2 victory. Adam Erne and Luke Glendening combined for two of the four Wings goals, which is always great to see your 4th line contribute offensively. Now i will be the first to tell you, don’t go grab Glendening for your fantasy team. That was Glendening’s first goal in 42 games. He always helps when it comes to faceoffs but the scoring touch is just not a big part of his game. 

Jonathan Bernier comes back from injured reserve and gets the win on Saturday night. Bernier is coming off a hip injury that has held him out since January 28th, against Dallas, when Anthony Mantha crashed into him on a back check. Bernier comes in with a solid record of 3-1 however the goals against average and save percentage are not so pretty. I would expect to see Bernier start at least one contest in the upcoming series against Chicago in Detroit.

Photo via Arthur Regner/DetroitRedWings.com

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