The Detroit Red Wings spent much of the 2021-22 NHL season chasing the Boston Bruins for a playoff spot. It ended dismally.
Detroit is also chasing another honor only ever earned by Boston. Yet again, it appears that the bid will end in futility.
According to online sports betting site BetMGM, Detroit defenseman Moritz Seider is the -200 odds-on favorite to win the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham is also a top contender for NBA rookie-of-the-year honors.
Detroit: home to both the NHL and NBA ROTY
— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) March 5, 2022
Only twice in sports history have the NHL and NBA ROY both come from the same city in the same season. Each time, that city was Boston.
Ray Bourque of the Bruins and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics achieved the feat in 1979-80. Larry Regan of the Bruins and Tom Heinson of the Celtics did the double in 1956-57.
The chances of this happening this year in Detroit are remote. Cunningham is currently a distant third in the NBA ROY betting odds at +1000. Evan Mobley of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the -213 chalk to win the award.
Griffins Fall In Toronto
The AHL playoff hopes of the Grand Rapids Griffins took another hit on Sunday. The Griffins fell behind 3-0 in the first period and lost 4-1 on the road to the Toronto Marlies.
Griffins forward Riley Barber continued his hot streak, tallying his 19th goal of the campaign. That extends his point streak to a career-high 10 games (9-4-13). Barber has four goals in the past two games.
Forward Jonatan Berggren recorded his team-leading 34th helper of the season, stretching his scoring streak to three games (1-4-5).
Gotta See It: Walleye’s Hawkins Scores Unique Highlight-Reel Goal
Brandon Hawkins is leading the Toledo Walleye, Detroit’s ECHL affiliate, with 32 goals this season. In a game on the weekend against the Fort Wayne Komets, Hawkins scored one of the prettiest goals seen in a hockey rink this season.
The Walleye are beating up on Fort Wayne tonight…
But please watch this goal from Brandon Hawkins…I've watched this like 10 times…he scoops it up on his backhand and flips it top shelf…this is unreal…
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) April 9, 2022
Picking the puck up deep in his own end, Hawkins held off a checker all the way up the ice. He beat the defense wide and as Hawkins cut to the net, he scooped the puck up on his backhand and flipped it in far side top shelf.
🚨BRANDON HAWKINS WITH THE MICHIGAN GOAL FOR THE WALLEYE🚨 pic.twitter.com/EYyscpUWYO
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) January 16, 2022
Earlier this season on Jan. 15, also against the Komets, Hawkins scored the Michigan goal.
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Pittsburgh: Reaching the 1400-point total for his NHL career, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored a sensational overtime winner against the Nashville Predators.
Boston: Losing 4-2 to the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins also lost defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to injury.
Philadelphia: Fresh off helping the Denver Pioneers win the NCAA title, forward Bobby Brink signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s expecting to make his NHL debut this week.
Washington: Tom Wilson’s game-tying goal against Boston was the 50th point of the season for the Washington Capitals forward.
San Jose: Bonino, Bonino, Bonino. It hasn’t been a banner year for San Jose Sharks center Nick Bonino but as the season winds down, he’s playing his best hockey.
Montreal: Jake Allen’s injury could open the door to a return to the crease for Montreal Canadiens No. 1 goalie Carey Price.