Filip Zadina showed he’s ready to return to the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup by accomplishing a task for the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday that he hasn’t been able to do all season.
He scored a goal.
Teammate Jakub Vrana also scored a pair of goals as the Griffins downed the Texas Stars 4-3 on the road, in a shootout, for their fourth consecutive win. Elmer Soderblom scored the game-winner in the shootout. The Griffins are 6-1-2 in their last nine games.
Zadina played nine games before for Detroit before he broke a bone in his leg blocking a shot. He had no goals in those nine games.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin scored five goals over two games to help the Atlantic Division win the All-Star tournament Saturday in Florida.
It didn’t take former Red Wings’ minor league goalie Jussi Olkinuora to find work in the Swedish Hockey League.
The Red Wings placed Adam Erne on waivers Sunday. If he clears, he will play for the Grand Rapids Griffins. It’s all part of the roster adjustment to put Filip Zadina back in Detroit’s lineup this week.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (21-19-8) are still on their All-Star break. Their next game is Feb. 7 when they are home to play the Edmonton Oilers. With 34 games left to play, the Red Wings are seven points out of a wildcard playoff spot. The Pittsburgh Penguins (24-16-9) hold the last wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings have a game in hand on the Penguins.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: David Pastrnak said he’s not concerned about the status of his contract talks with the Boston Bruins. Isn’t Dylan Larkin saying the same thing in Detroit? Boston Bruins.
Calgary: GM Brad Treliving is looking for a forward in the NHL trade market. Philadelphia Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk is a possibility. Calgary Flames
Colorado: Evan Rawal looks at whether a Jesse Puljujarvi deal makes any sense for the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche.
Los Angeles: The Kings have several trade chips, thanks to one of the NHL’s richest collections of prospects. Will the Kings cash in any of those chips in trades before the March 3 trade deadline? Los Angeles Kings
Montreal: Marco D’Amico writes that the Canadiens’ depth is promising, thanks to good drafts. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: Stefen Rosner examines whether Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal would benefit if Barzal played on Horvat’s wing. New York Islanders.
Philadelphia: Sam Carchidi reports that there’s a chance that Flyers injured center Sean Couturier might be back this season. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski assesses the value of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ trade chips. Spoiler alert: They are not in high demand. Pittsburgh Penguins.
San Jose: Sheng Peng writes that history tells him the Sharks are unlikely to win the No. 1 NHL draft pick this season. San Jose Sharks.
Vegas: Cue up the big name trade rumors with the Vegas Golden Knights. With their captain Mark Stone out indefinitely, the Golden Knights have to bring in a player or players. Vegas Golden Knights.