The Detroit Red Wings got back on the winning track Saturday afternoon. Beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 gave the Wings just their second win in five games.
What didn’t stop, though, was the steady number of pucks sailing past Detroit netminders. For the fourth game in a row and seventh time in eight games, the Red Wings were surrendering at least three goals.
Poitras fools Husso with the backhand deke. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/afYcb6dWQ8
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 4, 2023
Ville Husso was the victimized goalie on Saturday. He’s allowed three or more goals in each of his last five starts and eight of nine overall this season. Going back to last season, Husso has been beaten at least three times in 14 of his last 16 appearances.
“You look at our goaltending on a whole, we are almost at the bottom of the entire league in all statistical categories,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said.
Detroit owns an .895 save percentage and a 3.27 goals-against average.
Griffins Blanked Again
Detroit has scored 16 goals over the past four games, so perhaps they could offer some pointers to their Grand Rapids Griffins farm club. Saturday, the Griffins were blanked 4-0 by the Toronto Marlies. It’s the second time in five AHL game the club has been shut out.
Grand Rapids is in the bottom third of the AHL in scoring. The Griffins are averaging 2.20 goals per game over their first 10 games of the season.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- The Red Wings will be feeling better about themselves as they leave for Sweden following a 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets
- Detroit forward Robby Fabbri is bouncing back strongly from his latest injury absence
- One time Red Wings draftee Keith Petruzzelli and the Marlies beat Sebastian Cossa and Grand Rapids 7-3 on Friday
- Defenseman Simon Edvinsson is working to develop more consistency with the AHL Griffins
Red Wings Next Game
The Red Wings are in Stockholm Sweden to play the Ottawa Senators in the first game of the NHL Global Series on Thursday (2 p.m. ET).
Boston: Boston Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman and Samuel Montembeault, his Montreal counterpart, nearly wound up in an old-fashioned goalie fight.
Jeremy Swayman wanted all the smoke pic.twitter.com/qTsdYlNIug
— Gino Hard (@GinoHard_) November 12, 2023
Montreal: The reputation of Montreal Canadiens tough guy Arber Xhekaj should be keeping opponents at bay.
Florida: Florida Panthers Uvis Balinskis described scoring his first NHL goal as an amazing feeling.
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Pittsburgh: Returning to action from injury, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry was blanking the Buffalo Sabres 4-0.
Washington: The bottom six forwards were pacing the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
Islanders: New York Islanders fans were chanting “fire Lambert” at coach Lane Lambert during Saturday’s loss to Washington.
New Jersey: The New Jersey Devils wound up benching forward Alexander Holtz for the third period of their most recent game.
Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour called out his team for their poor effort during a road loss to Florida.
Nashville: Would the Nashville Predators seriously consider dealing top goalie prospect Yaroslav Askarov to the Edmonton Oilers?
Chicago: An eagerness to learn is seen as the key to the success of Chicago Blackhawks prospect Gavin Hayes.
Colorado: Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was another coach questioning his team’s commitment following an 8-2 thrashing handed them by the St. Louis Blues.
Vegas: Vegas Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy says his goalie tandem of Adin Hill and Logan Thompson are right on schedule with their performance so far this season.
San Jose: Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel played for coach David Quinn at BU and believes he’s the right man to turn around the fortunes of the San Jose Sharks.