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Thomas Greiss Is Improving And Up And Down Players

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are starting to see the experienced, proven goaltender they were expecting when they signed Thomas Greiss in the offseason.

Greiss has strung together three solid starts, culminating with a 27-save performance Sunday in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

In four appearances since being pulled less than eight minutes into a 7-1 loss at Nashville on March 25, the 35-year-old has stopped 111-of-118 shots in 226 minutes (1.86 goals-against average, .941 save percentage).

The Red Wings will need more of that from Greiss the final five weeks of the season, especially if they trade Jonathan Bernier by the April 12 deadline.

“He was definitely really sharp today,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Tampa has a ton of traffic and makes it hard around the cage and they shoot tons of pucks. I thought he did a great job of fighting through traffic and finding the puck. The puck was sticking to him, him freezing pucks. He didn’t create a whole lot of extra havoc. I thought from start to finish it was maybe his best game in a long time, maybe one of the best of the year.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Stock up

Thomas Greiss: Greiss began last week as the backup to Calvin Pickard, but was back in the starter’s role midway through the first period Tuesday. Greiss played his best game of the season in Sunday’s victory over the Bolts, capping his best week. He went 1-1-1 in four appearances, posting a 1.86 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. That’s the Greiss the Wings hoped they were getting when they signed him in the offseason for two years, $7.2 million — not the guy who has been on the downside of the stock watch multiple times.

Adam Erne: He matched his career high in goals Thursday and broke it Saturday when he netted his eighth of the season. He collected his fifth assist of the season on Sunday. Erne always works hard, and he, Luke Glendening and Darren Helm have developed terrific chemistry, forming one of the team’s most effective lines. To see Erne so confident with the puck — hanging onto it, making plays, taking it to the net — is a nice development, and is likely to lead to a contract extension.

Vladislav Namestnikov: Like Erne, Namestnikov had a good outing against his former team. He assisted on two goals Sunday, including what ended up being the game-winner. Namestnikov does a bit of everything, playing center and wing, and kills penalties. This was a good week for him, and hopefully a sign more production is coming.

more ($$$) and also in the up catagory are Rasmussen and Nemeth.  In the down area are Svechnikov and Pickard...

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