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Vladislav Namestnikov has yet to score this season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Detroit Red Wings players will be happy to see former teammate Vladislav Namestnikov when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday for Game 2 of a four-game road trip.

You can bet there will be chirping on the ice. Namestnikov was a popular teammate.

Namestnikov played well for the Red Wings last season and for the Dallas Stars after being dealt there. But it hasn’t gone well for the Namestnikov this season. He is currently the team’s No. 3 center on a line with Ross Colton and Corey Price. But he doesn’t have a goal and is -8 in the first 22 games. This is a guy who found the net 16 times last season.  He is averaging 13:12 minutes per game and has four assists to his credit.

Namestnikov, 30, is a dependable defensive player. Tampa Bay assistant coach Jeff Blashill appreciated his value in Detroit. But Namestnikov has one point in his past 18 games. The Lightning were undoubtedly expecting more production.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Tyler Bertuzzi’s bad injury luck continues. He was struck on the left hand by teammate Ben Chiarot in the third period of Detroit’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He left the game and didn’t return. No word yet on the severity of the injury.

The Red Wings rallied from a three-goal deficit to pick up a point in the loss to the Sabres.

Bob Duff writes that the Red Wings are going to be streaky, but they are improving.,

The Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings play the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. This is the final game of a five-game homestand. The Red Wings are 2-1-1 thus far on the homestand.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Tampa Bay forward Patrick Maroon took the high road in response to Bruins announcer Jack Edwards chirping him on a telecast about his weight. He made a $2000 charitable contribution, in Edwards name, to Tampa Bay Thrives, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to mental health issues.  Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Gabe Landeskog (knee injury) hit the ice for the first time in the 2022-23 NHL season. He took a short skate. Colorado Avalanche. 

Florida: Colby Guy writes about whether the wheels have fallen off the Panthers in the early going. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: Canadiens looking to start negotiations with Cole Caufield on a new contract. He could end up the team’s highest-paid player.  Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: The Flyers top prospect, Cutter Gauthier, leads Boston College with seven goals in his first 10 college games. Philadelphia Flyers. 

New York:  A string of injuries are limiting the Islanders’ lineup options.  New York Islanders. 

San Jose:Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now writes that Tomas Hertl tried to take the blame for the Sharks’ loss to Toronto, but teammates wouldn’t accept it. San Jose Sharks.

Washington: Connor McMichael has good attitude about his demotion to the AHL. Washington Capitals.

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