from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Alex Nedeljkovic cut his hair and shaved his mustache, looking much different sitting in front of his stall in the Detroit Red Wings dressing room after practice Friday.
He hopes he will look different on the ice, too, Saturday in Philadelphia (1 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit) when he makes his first start for the Red Wings in 3½ months.
Different at least from how he started the season in Detroit, but similar to how he played in Grand Rapids, where he gained some rhythm and confidence.
“I’ve felt really good, especially these last 2½-3 weeks,” Nedeljkovic said. “I felt like I’ve kind of gotten back to myself, gotten back to what’s worked for me in the past and what’s made me successful.”
Nedeljkovic is back because Ville Husso is out with a lower-body injury. He will make his first NHL start since Dec. 8 because Magnus Hellberg was not sharp Thursday, when Nedeljkovic replaced him midway through the second period of a 4-3 loss to St. Louis.
“It’s unfortunate that Huss is dealing with something. You never want to see anybody get hurt,” Nedeljkovic said. “But that’s the job. I’m just thankful for another opportunity.”
Below watch Ned after today's practice along with coach Lalonde.
Item #3 on Stevie's summer list: acquire a competent back-up goalie
Ned can be the guy we need. I hope he's the guy.
He's gone, he's a UFA, would you come back if you were Ned?
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
The Toledo Walleye are the hottest team in hockey and Detroit Red Wings prospect Sebastian Cossa is the hottest goalie in the pro game. The ECHL Walleye, who play host to the Reading Royals on Friday, have won 18 games in a row. They are also riding an 11-game road winning streak.Cossa, the netminder who was Detroit’s 15th overall selection in the 2021 NHL entry draft, is playing a significant role in this Toledo roll. He’s been a winner in each of his last 10 starts. The first-year pro has allowed more than one goal in just two of those 10 games.Over that span, Cossa is showing a .965 save percentage, 0.99 goals-against average and three shutouts. Cossa’s work between the pipes was earning him ECHL goalie of the week honors for the week ending March 5.
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