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The Daily: Red Wings Meet Bertuzzi Again; Habs’ Xhekaj Injured



Tyler Bertuzzi. Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings will get their first in-person look at Tyler Bertuzzi in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey today. Detroit plays Toronto at 2 p.m. today in Sweden. They will see a Bertuzzi who is playing more confidently than he was a month ago.

After struggling to find his game and place on the Maple Leafs earlier this season, Detroit Hockey Now’s Tim Robinson points out that Bertuzzi had three points and is +3 in his past three games. Bertuzzi generated his first two-point game of the season in his last outing against the Vancouver Canucks. He is expected to play on a line with John Tavares and William Nylander.

Bertuzzi, 28, is a close friend of Dylan Larkin. He was a popular player with teammates and the Detroit fan base. He scored 30 goals for Detroit in 2021-22. Injuries have undermined his career. This season, Bertuzzi has six points in 15 games. That’s a 33-point pace.

Red Wings Next Game

Still in Sweden, the Red Wings (8-5-3) play the Toronto Maple Leafs (2 p.m, ET, Bally Sports) in another important Atlantic Division contest. After losing four in a row, the Maple Leafs have won three of their last four. The Red Wings, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four. Alex Lyon, who hasn’t played yet this season, will be in net for the Red Wings.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Coach Derek Lalonde’s Red Wings mounted an impressive comeback, but only managed to earn a point against the Ottawa Senators.
  • Detroit captain Dylan Larkin said he’s fine after the injury issue against the Ottawa Senators.
  • The wait is over. Alex Lyon will finally receive his first start for the Red Wings this season.
  • Detroit prospects had a major impact the recent Grand Rapids Griffins‘ triumph

Hockey Now Network

Boston: When will injured defenseman Matt Grzelcyk return to the Boston Bruins lineup? Jimmy Murphy weighs in.

Chicago: Lukas Reichel scored his first goal for the Chicago Blackhawks this season.

Colorado: What’s the impact of the Colorado Avalanche losing No. 1 goalie Pavel Francouz for the season? Here’s the answer.

Florida: Paul Maurice believes Niko Mikkola is perfectly suited to play for the Florida Panthers.

Montreal: Hard-hitting defenseman Arber Xhekaj was injured on a hit by Vegas Golden Knights forward Ivan Barbashev. Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh: Penguins believe they beat themselves in loss against the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh Penguins