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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Stock up
Thomas Greiss

What a performance he delivered. Back-to-back 33-save outings to set up 0-0 shootouts. The second game, against the Lightning, was a lopsided affair; the Wings were outshot, 11-4, after the first period and 33-15 after overtime. The shootout went eight rounds. Greiss posted a 1-0-1 record on the week, with a 1.00 save percentage and 0.00 goals-against average in 130 minutes to land on the stock up for a second straight week.

Jonathan Bernier
He continued his season-long role as the team’s rock, making 29 saves April 29 in a game in which the Wings were outshot, 32-17, and 40 saves in Sunday’s loss to the Lightning. Bernier’s performances last week yielded a .932 save percentage and 2.61 GAA in 114:48 minutes.

Joe Veleno
He’s played four NHL games, and looked like he belongs. That’s a good sign for the organization from the 30th overall pick in 2018. Veleno has made a favorable impression towards being a regular out of camp next season, playing with physicality and winning draws. He set up Sam Gagner for a good scoring chance. It’s a solid showing for a short time.

read on (paid) for the stock down players, Hronek and Stecher.

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Paul's avatar

Max Bultman of The Athletic answered a few questions.

Right now, I’d say your four lineup favorites are Filip Hronek, Seider, Danny DeKeyser and Troy Stecher. From there, one of Gustav Lindstrom or Dennis Cholowski could be protected from the expansion draft, and it’s also possible the Kraken would opt to take a forward and leave both young blueliners in Detroit.

Either way, though, Detroit would likely have room to add one or two defensemen to the lineup, whether it be via free agency or trades. I don’t see Christian Djoos as a lineup regular next season, though he could stick around for depth.

One of the most obvious fits in free agency, though, could be a name who spent most of this season in Detroit: Jon Merill seemed to fit well before being traded, giving the Red Wings steady play in a large role. If he’s open to a reunion, he’s a natural target to circle back on.

more Q & A (paid)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/04/21 at 12:09 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

read on (paid) for the stock down players, Hronek and Stecher.

It amuses me that the Free Press thinks Red Wings fans would actually pay to read what HSJ has to say. Very funny, indeed.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/04/21 at 02:33 PM ET

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