The Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins look like they will miss the playoffs again this season. But the Red Wings have prospects gaining valuable playoff experience.
Center Marco Kasper and William Wallinder both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Swedish League playoffs after their Rogle BK team defeated Leksands 4-2 in the deciding game of their best-of-three series. Wallinder played 21:22 in that game. Kasper played almost 17 minutes. Neither figured in the scoring.
No. 9-seeded Rogle BK will play No. 2-seeded Skelleftea AIK in the best-of-seven quarterfinals.
In the deciding game of the Rogle-Leksands series, Leksands benched some veterans. One of their promoted players was young defenseman Anton Johansson. Detroit drafted him 105th overall in 2022.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Bob Duff writes that the Red Wings were out of tune playing in Music City Tuesday might. That ended up being a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Keep an eye on Red Savage as a Red Wings prospect. He may not be a premium scorer, but could end up being a premium role player.
Alex Chiasson is making a real difference on the Detroit power play. He scored another goal Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (30-28-9) play at home Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche (37-22-6) in a matinee (1 p.m.) game. The Avalanche have won three of their last four.
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Boston: Is it time to start worrying about the Bruins? They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. By the way, Tyler Bertuzzi has no goals and two assists in his first five games with Boston. Boston Bruins.
Colorado: Who steps up for the Avalanche with Arturri Lehkonen on the shelf. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Goalie Alex Lyon is ready if the Florida Panthers need him.
Pittsburgh: The Penguins self-destructed against the Montreal Canadiens. They are opening the door for other playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vegas: The Golden Knights’ player acquisitions are paying off nicely. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington: Injured Alex Ovechkin missed the game. Result: The Rangers downed the Washington Capitals.