The Detroit Red Wings started the road trip playing catchup only to fall short in the end. Against Anaheim two nights, later, they surrendered a late lead and then lost in overtime.
But they outscored San Jose Thursday night 7-4 and finished off an injury ravaged Columbus Blue Jackets club 6-1 Saturday night. The offensive firepower in the last two games, albeit against struggling clubs, has been a tonic for a team struggling at times to score goals.
Especially at 5-on-5.
Though they split the four-game trip, things certainly ended better than they started.
Blue Line Scoring Buoys Red Wings
The back end of the Red Wings’ lineup scored at will during the last two contests. Filip Hronek notched two while Ben Chiarot added one. With the defensemen accounting for half of the team’s goals, it’s a new wrinkle to the Red Wings attack.
But the Red Wings also surrendered just one goal in the win. Though Columbus is surely hurting, Detroit took care of business and learned from what were some tough losses earlier in the trip.
“If you want to win games, you have to shut it down,” Moritz Seider said post game on Bally Sports Detroit.
With strong defense in their own end, and timely scoring in the other, the Red Wings are on a two-game winning streak heading back to Little Caesars Arena.
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) November 20, 2022
Detroit Scores at Will To Close the Road Trip
The Red Wings opened the trip on the backend of a blowout against the New York Rangers. Following the loss to the Kings, Detroit had surrendered 12 goals in a pair of games.
After their win tonight along with Thursday’s victory, the Red Wings combined for 13 goals, getting a +1 in their goal differential from the ugly showing barely a week ago. More importantly for Detroit, they collected a bucketful of tallies at 5-on-5.
Against San Jose, six goals were scored at 5-on-5. On Saturday night, four of the goals were with five aside.
Heading into a pair of games at home, the Red Wings have some momentum on their side as the unofficial playoff predictor that is the Thanksgiving holiday.
Facts and Observations
- Seider has four points in his last two games. In the pair of victories, his scoreline included a goal and three assists. Going into the games, he only had five points–all assists.
- There were some questions about where Hronek would fit as Seider seemed to take over the number one slot. Those questions seem silly now. Hronek has three goals in two games and 14 points (4-10) on the season. It’s almost as if it’s a completely different person this season.
- Dominik Kubalik continues his scoring prowess, notching another goal on the power play. Kubalik has nine goals on the season and leads the team in the category. His 21 points are second only to Larkin’s 22.
- Larkin had three points in the victory, including a goal. Though some are concerned that he hasn’t signed an extension, Yzerman surely sees what everyone else does in that Larkin continues to be a consistent source of scoring for Detroit.
- Lost in all the scoring was a strong night from Ville Husso, who had 27 saves in the win. Tyler Bertuzzi also notched a goal in the win.