It was an emotional, upsetting day for Tyler Bertuzzi and his Detroit teammates when he was traded to the Boston Bruins. He had been with the Red Wings organization for a decade. Bertuzzi and Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin are very close. Bertuzzi is tight with other Red Wings as well.
But from the competitive perspective, ending up with the Bruins was the best-case scenario. The Bruins have a strong chance to win the Stanley Cup. They were looking for a forward who can offer both goals and guts. They wanted a little more bite in their lineup. Bertuzzi is the right add.
He made his Bruins debut Saturday, contributing an assist in a 4-2 win against the New York Rangers. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Bruins.
Bertuzzi is on Boston’s third line with Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic. He had one shot on goal, a minor penalty and ended up +1 with 16:31 minutes of playing time. He fits well with with this talented Bruins team.
Detroit Prospect Johansson Scores For GR
As you think about the Detroit Red Wings for the 2023-24 season, don’t rule out defenseman Albert Johansson making a run to play with the team. He’s having a solid season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday night in a 4-3 loss to the Iowa Wild.
Johansson is already 22, and he played three full seasons in the Swedish Hockey League, before coming to North America. He’s always been a dependable player.
Here is a look at Saturday’s goal:
— Griffins Nest (@GrGriffinsNest) March 5, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman admits that the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators “are ahead of us.”
The air is leaking out the Red Wings‘ playoff balloon after they lose to the New York Islanders Saturday.
The Red Wings hope injured goalie Ville Husso will be ready to play today. If he is not, Alex Nedeljkovic will start against the Philadephia Flyers.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (28-25-9) are trying to put an end to a five-game losing streak today when play a road game today against the Philadelphia Flyers (6 p.m.) Coach John Tortorella’s Flyers have their own problems. They have a four-game losing streak, and have one win in their last nine games. The Flyers are 1-6-2 in that span.
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Boston: Talking points about the Boston Bruins’ 10th consecutive win. This team has been close to amazing this season. Boston Bruins.
Colorado: The Central Division-leading Dallas Stars hammered the Avalance. Evan Rawal explains what’s going on with the Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: The return of Sasha Barkov and Sam Bennett from injury list makes big difference for the Florida Panthers.
Montreal: Marco D’Amico explains why the Canadiens had a disappointing trade deadline week. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: The Islanders’ 4-1 triumph against the Red Wings strengthens their playoff ambitions. New York Islanders.
Philadelphia: Veteran journalist Sam Carchidi writes that the Philadelphia Flyers could learn from watching how the Chicago Blackhawks are handling their rebuild. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Penguins forward Jason Zucker had remorse about his collision with Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vegas: Newly-acquired goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to make the start for the Golden Knights against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington: Capitals D man Vincent Iorio is ready to take advantage of his unexpected call-up to the NHL. Washington Capitals