In a week featuring Jesper Wallstedt receiving his first NHL start, Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect Sebastian Cossa made 32 saves for the Grand Rapids Griffins, giving up only one goal, in a 2-0 loss to the Rockford IceHogs.
Cossa has surrendered one goal in each of his past two starts for Grand Rapids, stopping 60 of 62 shots for a .968 save percentage. He is 3-2-1 in his past six games, and he owns a 2.84 American Hockey League goals against average on the season.
Wallstedt and Cossa are frequently compared to each other because the Red Wings chose Cossa at No. 15 in the 2021 draft. The Minnesota Wild drafted Wallstedt 20th in the same draft. Many scouts thought Wallstedt was the better prospect. He gave up seven goals on 34 shots (.794 save percentage) in his 7-2 NHL debut loss to the Minnesota Wild. He has a 2.54 goals-against average in the AHL.
Here’s a 25 second clip of Sebastian Cossa absolutely bailing out his team tonight.
— Hockeytown West Podcast (@HockeytownWpod) January 13, 2024
NHL Trade Talk Involves Monahan
Pittsburgh Hockey Now says the Columbus Blue Jackets may be looking at moving goalie Elvis Merzlikins. It’s that time of year.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Coach Derek Lalonde says the Red Wings could need a point total in the “mid-nineties” or even 100 points to get into the playoffs.
- Andrew Copp ended his 27-game goal drought with a tally against the Edmonton Oilers. He was recording assists during the drought.
- Bob Duff wrote about what the loss to the Edmonton Oilers revealed about the Red Wings.
- Paywall story: How long before the Red Wings take a look at Carter Mazur? He’s playing well in Grand Rapids.
Red Wings Next Game
Tonight the Los Angeles Kings get a shot to redeem themselves against the Red Wings. Detroit downed the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout nine days ago. Alex Lyon probably will be in goal for Detroit and James Reimer will play on the road in Toronto. But coach Derek Lalonde made it clear that it isn’t etched in stone. He wants to use defenseman Justin Holl in one game this weekend, although he didn’t say which one. Holl played last season for Toronto. Lalonde wants to get Klim Kostin into the lineup for his size and toughness, but as of Friday he hadn’t been completely cleared from injury. Plus, Lalonde liked how his forwards played against Edmonton.
Hockey Now Network
Buffalo: Will weather impact the start of the Bills and Buffalo Sabres game this weekend. BHN;s Jason Moser is on top of it and he says no change in schedule yet.
Calgary: Trevor Neufeld provides seven reasons why everyone needs to reconsider how they feel about the Calgary Flames rebuild.
Chicago: Nate Brown offers that re-signing Nick Foligno would be the right move for the Chicago Blackhawks
New Jersey: James Nichols writes that one New Jersey Devils goaltending statistic has hit rock bottom.
Philadelphia: Report says the Philadelphia Flyers tried to land Bowen Byram in a Cutter Gauthier deal before trading him to Anaheim.