Lay of the Land in Detroit

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 09: Detroit Red Wings right wing Filip Zadina (11) takes a shot during the second period of an NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 09, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The current state of the Red wings is bleak for the remainder of this season. The Wings sit with 32 points and a -44 goal differential thus far in this 2020-2021 season. Tyler Bertuzzi appears as if he will not return anytime this year. Players like Svechnikov, Erne and Zadina have started to carry the torch for the team, however not enough to change Detroit’s losing ways. The Red Wings are 3-5-2 in their last 10, most of which was played without goaltender Jonathan Bernier. A couple of momentum stretches have occurred for the Wings including a win against the Lightning in Tampa for the first time since 2011. Overall It’s been the uphill battle we all expected this season. The growth of the young talent on the roster as well as players overseas continues to be the only bright spot within the franchise.

One of the few things us Red Wings fans are excited as well as curious about will be the trades and moves made this season prior to the April 12th trade deadline. The Red Wings will be obvious sellers at the deadline this season, something we have all become accustomed to unfortunately. In a previous article I discussed possible players that could be on the move before the deadline, including Marc Staal, Bobby Ryan, and Luke Glendening. I did want to add one more additional player to that list. Jonathan Bernier has played as well as anyone could with the current defense the Wings are sending out night after night. Bernier is in the last year of his deal and you have to assume he will not be resigning with the team come the offseason. With his inevitable departure whether it’s through Trade of Free agency, I think it would be crazy for Yzerman not to try and get a pick for him. Look for him to be moved to a team looking for a backup goalie making a playoff run.

Adam Erne is tied for second on the team with 9 goals on the season and only one back of the leaders Mantha and Fabbri. Erne appears to have some of Tomas Holmstrom’s game in him the way he has been tipping shots into the back of the net, including on the powerplay. Svechnikov has received a lot more ice time, including some games on the top line with Larkin and Zadina. Yzerman did have the fans’ hearts racing a little bit this previous week as the team placed Svechnikov on waivers. The general agreement is that Yzerman must have put some feelers out to see if any teams would pick him up prior to making the move. He ended up clearing and has been up and down from the taxi squad ever since. Filip Zadina has grown a lot in the last couple of months especially with his puck carrying through the neutral zone. Zadina still has the confidence to pull the trigger from anywhere and playing with Larkin has absolutely increased the scoring chances for the young Czech forward. 

Not much can be said about the rest of the regular season for the Red Wings. The team is coming off a 7-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Little Caesars Arena. Things will not be getting any easier as the team will travel to Carolina to take on the scorching hot Hurricanes. Be sure to check the pregame lineups before the game on Saturday as well as the morning skate on Monday to see if Yzerman does indeed make some moves to help this team’s future. It may be one of the last few exciting days left in season with only a month remaining. 

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