The Detroit Red Wings didn’t waste time getting Flint Firebirds center Amadeus Lombardi signed. They drafted him in the fourth round (113th overall) in July. Then, they watched him in their development camp, NHL Prospects Tournament and training camp. Lombardi was signed in December. The Red Wings didn’t need to see anymore.
Lombardi continues to show it was a good decision.
The smart, creative center picked up three points in a loss to the London Knights Monday to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games. Lombardi has 13 points in those seven games.
In 50 games this season, Lombardi boasts 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 points. He has 19 multiple-point games, and he registered three or more points in eight of those games.
Lombardi had 18 goals and 59 points in 67 games last season. He’s improving. That’s what the Red Wings want to see.
Lombardi!!!! Puts the Birds on the board!!! Firebirds 1, London 4.
— Flint Firebirds (@FlintFirebirds) February 7, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Dylan Larkin said players participating in the All-Star game were asking him why he wasn’t signed yet. He is blocking out the negotiations to concentrate on his on-ice duties.
Former Red Wings’ goalie Dominik Hasek took another shot at commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL.
The Red Wings need to get on a roll if they want to qualify for the playoffs this season.
Nate Brown has a paywall column that compares Steve Yzerman’s contract talks with Larkin to the talks he had with Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos years ago.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (21-19-8) will play their first game in 11 days tonight when they face Edmonton Oilers. The Connor McDavid-led Oilers were hot going into the break. They are 7-1-2 in their last 10. 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 one game in hand on the Penguins.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: The Bruins, with the NHL’s best record, will make a move before the trade deadline. Seems like we can count on that. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now looked at whether the Bruins should be interested in San Jose’s Timo Meier. Boston Bruins.
Colorado: Defenseman Bo Byram back in the lineup when the Avalanche play the Penguins. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Matthew Tkachuk put up five points against Tampa Bay to keep the good times rolling for the Florida Panthers.
Montreal: MHN’s Marco D’Amico offers up the names of Montreal prospects who might be available if the Canadiens make some deals before the trade deadline. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: Bo Horvat doesn’t score in his Islanders debut, but he said he saw some promise in the Islanders’ win against the Flyers in their first game back after the break. New York Islanders.
Philadelphia: In-the-know columnist Sam Carchidi offers his five takeaways from the Flyers’ loss to the Islanders in their first game after the break. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: With players returning from injury, Penguins could be shuffling their lineup against the Avalanche. Pittsburgh Penguins.
San Jose: Is James Reimer the next to be traded? Some teams are sniffing around the goalie market. Reimer says he has talked to GM Mike Grier about his future. San Jose Sharks
Vegas: The Golden Knights are awaiting more information about Mark Stone’s possible return date before they move aggressively into the trade market. Vegas Golden Knights
Washington: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom addressed his hip issues and his future in a recent interviews. Washington Capitals