Dylan Larkin Scores Twice, Red Wings Finally Figure Out Montreal.

The Red Wings finish a four game homestand against Montreal last night with a 3-2 overtime win.

Here is the breakdown going 3-1-0.
Sunday 11/7 vs Vegas – WIN 5-2
Tuesday 11/9 vs Edmonton- WIN 4-2
Thursday 11/11 vs Washington- LOSS 2-0
Saturday 11/13 vs Montreal- WIN 3-2 (OT)

Larkin Returns BIG

In Overtime for the win!

After his short time away from the team for personal reasons, Dylan Larkin has been back to his scoring ways. Since his return, Larks has 3 goals in 4 games including the game winner last night in overtime against Montreal.

Having a look at the his two goals from last night in Montreal. Larkin, standing on or behind the goal line finds day light… and the back of the net… twice. The game winner against the Canadians ended up being his 300th career point. (DBOSS – what a legend)
The thoughts of everyone watching his two goals from the last night:

It’s been said over and over but this team is better with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi in the line up. 6-2-2 when those two are with the team. Well, at least Detroit won’t see Montreal in Canada, or at all, for the rest of the regular season… (yeah, I said it)

Greiss and Ned

What do great teams all have in common?

Shut up, Averman.

Goaltending, was going for goaltending. Both goalies are doing their jobs; going out each night, making saves, keeping games close and making those timely/momentum turning stops. Alex Nedeljkovic and Thomas Greiss gives the Wings a chance to win pretty much every night. As they go, the team goes.

Every game Alex Nedeljkovic is showing more and more that he could be a top goaltender in the league in the very near future. Making some jaw-dropping saves, including that beauty, game-saving stop and starting to put some wins together. He’s been consistent, outside of that opening night against Tampa. He plays the puck well… even though I’m still prone to yell at the TV for him to get back in the *expletive* net from time to time. I want to see a goalie goal!

I’m a numbers guy so let’s look at numbers.
2.78 GAA
.918 SAVE % (Leads all rookies)

Thomas Greiss was 1-1 in the 2 games he was between the pipes in the homestand; beating Vegas, losing to Washington. Greiss has been a reliable tendie all year, 4 Wins himself, 3.09 GAA. In the VGK game, he was 38/40, .950 Save%. That’s solid, and the team put up a 5 spot in support. Good stuff.
And yes, Detroit lost the Washington game for a lot of reasons, but goaltending was not one of them. Greiss stopped 27/29, allowing 2 goals. The Wings getting 21 shots isn’t going to do the job even if you hold Ovechkin to no shots/no goals. Not so much, goal support is good.

So, How Long Until We Can Say They’re Good?

Record after 16 games, 8-6-2 with 18 points.

WINS against good teams: Edmonton, Washington, Buffalo.
WINS against bad teams: Vancouver, Chicago.
(I don’t know where Columbus stands in there..)
OTL against: Tampa, Florida.
Coming back in the 3rd against Toronto.. close loss 4-3.

Losses against bad teams: Montreal (X2)
Bad losses against good teams: Boston
(I don’t know where Calgary fits in there..)

I was talking about professional sports team in Detroit with a friend of mine. I told him the Wings are getting there. They are fun to watch and they make you watch the entire 60 minutes of the game. The Wing being down 2-0, 3-0, 1-0 early, doesn’t mean the game is over. There is no quit in this team.

The same 3 or 4 players seem to come up when talking about games; Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Lucas Raymond (rookie) and Moritz Seider (rookie). These players are in the middle of just about everything, and when they’re hot, the Wings win. But.. when they are not in the lineup or not putting up big points every night, you need other players to step up. And they are starting to show up: Pius Suter now with 4 goals, Vladdy Namestnikov who scored 2 in the huge win against Edmonton (now with 7 on the year). Need to see more out of Robbi Fabbri and Filip Zadina…

I’m really enjoying watching Adam Erne play. Blue collar player, does the work, block shots.. getting to love up to his number 11 of Dan Cleary.
The defense is solid with Moritz Seider and Gustav Lindstrom emerging as top young defensemen. Nick Leddy and Marc Staal providing that stable veteran presence. and Dekeyser also is there…

I’m apprehensive but.. they’re pretty good this year. Much improved from the last two seasons.

Have you hugged your tendie today?

Author: AP Mazza

Red Wings writer for The Morning Skate. LGRW!

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