There’s no questioning the value that sophomore defenseman Moritz Seider holds in the grand scheme of things for the Detroit Red Wings. As he goes, so goes the club.
Seider was certainly during Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. In fact, just like the Energizer Bunny, he kept going and going and going . . . over the boards and back out on the ice.
Seider wound up skating a game-high 27:36 in Detroit’s victory. Granted, some of that ice time was due to circumstance. He was logging more than three minutes while the Red Wings were enjoying a four-minute power play during the second period. And when his defensive partner Jake Walman left the for about seven minutes after absorbing a stiff check from Calgary defenseman Nikita Zadorov, Seider was picking up the slack. He was double shiifting with the Wings were down to five rearguards.
“Awesome,” was how Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde was describing Seider’s performance. “Great in every situation.
“In a situation like that, we had five power plays, three kills, had a top-four D out for a large part of the period, he probably logged a little more than we wanted to throw at him but he managed it and was a big part of why we gave up one goal.”
Hagg Also On Comeback Trail for Red Wings
While it was forward Filip Zadina stealing the limelight, the comeback of Detroit defenseman Robert Hagg was also being viewed as a success.
Playing his first game since November 5, Zadina was netting the game winner in the victory. Playing his first game since December 8, Hagg was drawing an assist on the game winning tally.
“Good. Very good,” Lalonde said of Hagg. “And then we had five (defensemen) there early on and so he probably got more (minutes). His shifts were very short, which is understandable. He did great.”
Detroit was seeking a physical presence from Hagg by inserting him into the lineup and he delivered on that request. He ended up playing 12:15 and was even while dishing out a team-leading five hits.
“With him, when he’s managing the puck, he’s good because he brings physicality, he brings battles,” Lalonde said. “He’s a little heavier than some of our other D, so he did a really good job.”
Six of Detroit’s last eight games have been decided by a single goal. In all, the Red Wings are 8-5-8 in one-goal games this season . . . Captain Dylan Larkin was netting his team-leading 16th goal . . . Additionally, Larkin tied Dominik Kubalik for the team lead with 15 power play points. Larkin has registered 12 points (3-9-12) in his last 12 games since Jan. 10 vs. Winnipeg . . . Larkin’s goal was the 163rd of his NHL career, surpassing Red Kelly for 21st place on the franchise’s all-time list . . . The Red Wings have recorded a combined total of 152 points (57-95-152) by players who were not on their roster last season, which is the most among all NHL teams in 2022-23.