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The Daily: Berggren Keeps Piling Up Points; Habs Need to Step Up



Jonatan Berggren, Red Wings prospect

Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren is around the net no matter where he is playing this season. He continued his memorable offensive season Monday night when he posted a goal and two assists for the Central Division in the AHL All-Star tournament. His team was 1-2 in the tournament.

Berggren’s play of late has helped the Grand Rapids Griffins make a run for second place in the AHL’s Central Division. The Griffins come out of the All-Star break on a six-game winning streak. They have won 11 of their last 14 . Their .563 points percentage has pushed them past the Texas Stars (.549) for second place.

The Griffins return to action Friday against the Manitoba Moose. Berggren  went into the break with points in his past 15 games. He had eight goals and 11 assists in that span. Berggren shows 10 multiple point games this season.

Meanwhile, Detroit fans are left wondering where Berggren fits in the Detroit Red Wings future. If there is an injury on the parent club, Berggren could be called up to be the equivalent of a trade deadline acquisition. He’s also been listed on NHL trade bait lists as someone the Red Wings could move to add a veteran defenseman.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • The Red Wings have 10 players with 10 or more goals, putting them on course to set a new team record. Dylan Larkin leads with 23 goals.
  • Would the Red Wings trade Jonatan Berggren. That may not be their objective, but he’s listed on some trade bait lists.
  • Coach Derek Lalonde’s Red Wings have a 50.7% probability to make the playoffs.
  • Detroit great Nicklas Lidstrom says Pavel Datsyuk was the most talented teammate he ever had.

Red Wings Next Game

After the Red Wings play the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena Saturday in their first game out of the break, they go on a four-game Western Conference road trip against the Edmonton Oilers, Canucks, Calgary Flames and Seattle Kraken.

Hockey Now Network

Chicago: Prospect Colton Dach is still trending up for the Chicago Blackhawks.  He has 16 points in 23 games for Rockford in the American Hockey League.

Montreal: Marc Dumont writes about three Montreal Canadiens who have something to prove. Alex Newhook is one of them.

Philadelphia: What the Carter Hart salary cap relief means to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Dave Molinari offers six reasons why the Pittsburgh Penguinas may miss the NHL playoffs.

Nashville: Prospect goalie Yaroslav Askarov steals the show at the AHL All-Star Game. Nashville Predators.