The Red Wings were back in action, after 3 straight brutal losses, against the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night. Detroit gets the W, 2-1!
Nothing like starting a broadcast with COVID news… anyone else sick of the plague?
Tonight was Tyler Bertuzzi’s first game back after missing 5 games, 3 of which Detroit lost. He is back on the first line with Larkin and Raymond, which you could easily argue is one of top lines in the league… when it’s together…
Marc Staal also came off the COVID protocol, did not play.
Could be worse, I guess. Calgary has their games postponed through at least December 16th. Carolina and Minnesota was postponed with 7 players on Carolina on COVID protocol… Yeesh… Maybe the Wings/Canes will happen Thursday..
Playing The Isles At Home… Just What The Doctor Ordered
After allowing 5, 6, and 7 goals in their last 3 games, the Wings controlled play for most of the game against NYI.
Larkin gets a much needed goal on the power play, and, music to everyone’s ears, with assists from Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond. Seider setting up Larks with a great pass. Love to see it.
Michael Rusmussen tacks on one more with 7 minutes left in the third from Adam Erne. Anyone who spends the night getting in the grill of Zdeno Chara deserves a tally.
Ned got the nod after getting chased against St. Louis and coming in as relief for Greiss against Colorado, and making 36 saves. Nice bounce back game, getting the win. Saved the stop of the night until seconds before the third period ended. Ended up allowing 1 goal, on 34 shots.
Shoutout to Robby Fabbri, signed to a 3 year extension, at $4M AAV.
2022 World Juniors Teams Announced
The 2021-2022 IIHF World Juniors start on December 26th and run through January 5th. This tournament is so much fun to watch. The Americans won last year and minus an early game against Russia, the team dominated game in and game out.
Team USA’s roster was announced with some players that hockey fans in the state of Michigan may recognize. Including but may not be limited to:
United States Junior Team
From the Red Wings Prospects:
Red Savage (high on the list of all-time great names)
Taken 4th round in 2021 Draft. Currently playing with Miami (OH) University. National Team Development Program.
Taken 3rd round in 2021 draft. Currently playing with University of Denver. National Team Development Program. From Jackson, MI.
From the Michigan Wolverines
2nd overall pick 2021 draft (Seattle Kraken). Sophomore. Played with the National Team Development Program.
4th overall pick 2021 draft (New Jersey Devils). Freshman. Played with the National Team Development Program. From Canton, MI.
24th overall pick 2021 draft (Florida Panthers). Freshman.
Currently playing with National Team Development Program (Plymouth, MI)
Other Former NTDP:
Chaz Lucius, Sasha Pastujov, Landon Slaggert, Ty Smilanic, Brock Faber, Tyler Kleven, Jake Sanderson, Drew Commesso, Kaiden MBereko.
Team Canada Juniors
Well.. have to mention our friends across the river… more familiar faces on Canada.
From the Red Wings Prospects:
Taken 15th overall in 2021 draft.
Taken 3rd round in 2020 draft. Currently playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
From the Michigan Wolverines:
Taken 1st overall in 2021draft (Buffalo Sabres). Sophomore.
Taken 5th overall in 2021 draft (Columbus). Sophomore.
Have to mentions:
Taken 10th overall in 2020 draft (Winnipeg). Former Saginaw Spirit.