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The Daily: Bertuzzi No Goals in 14 Games; Senators To Test Detroit

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Former Detroit Red Wings player Tyler Bertuzzi, now with Toronto, has gone 14 games without a goal, although he sure thought he scored one over the weekend against the Winnipeg Jets. It was negated by a goalie interference call.

Some folks are still wondering if it was the proper call:

The NHL put out an official explanation of the decision:

It’s been that kind of season for Bertuzzi who was a popular player with teammates and fans in Detroit. He signed a $5.25 million year deal with the Maple Leafs last summer, presumably believing he would earn a multi-year deal once the Maple Leafs appreciated all that he brings to a team. The Boston Bruins, who acquired him last trade deadline from Detroit, hated to see him leave.

But Bertuzzi’s production has been down this season. He currently has six goals and 20 points in 46 games. With 35 games remaining, Bertuzzi is on pace to register 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points.  That’s below expectations for a player who put up 30 goals and 62 points for the Red Wings in 2021-22. The big question for Bertuzzi is how much the Maple Leafs will be willing to pay him moving forward. He will be an unrestricted free agent again this summer.

Bertuzzi has six assists during his ongoing goalless drought. His plus-minus is even.

The Red Wings and Maple Leafs have one game remaining this season, April 13 in Toronto.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Coach Derek Lalonde knows Detroit can’t afford to get overly emotional about Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators
  • Defenseman Moritz Seider says players understand how important it is for the team to continue to give up two or fewer goals per game.
  • By watching the Detroit Lions, Dylan Larkin and Co. know what their fan base will be like if they can get into the playoffs.
  • Paywall story: Jonatan Berggren is ready to step in if the Red Wings have an injury at forward.

Red Wings Next Game

It’s fair to say the Red Wings want a win badly against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday. They primarily want the victory because it keeps them churning ahead in their pursuit of a playoff position. They would finish their homestand with a 4-1 record and they would be 10-2-1 in January. But the Red Wings also want this win because the Senators have caused them nothing but trouble. Fans remember the back-to-back losses against the Senators last season in Ottawa and they certainly remember what happened to Dylan Larkin earlier this season. The Red Wings are 1-1-1 against Ottawa this season.

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