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Tyler Bertuzzi Close To Returning To The Lineup

11/09/2022 at 5:53pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Derek Lalonde didn't hesitate when asked what he's missed most with no Tyler Bertuzzi in the Red Wings' lineup.

"Offense, goals," Lalonde said after Wednesday's practice. "He's an elite scorer. As great as our defense has been, chances against, chances for have been down, which is understandable. He would help (offensively)."

Lalonde might be able to write Bertuzzi's name into the lineup at some point in the upcoming west-coast trip, which begins Saturday in Los Angeles.

Lalonde admitted Wednesday that Saturday's game might be too soon, and Tuesday's game in Anaheim might be when Bertuzzi makes his return.

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There's an actual nickname for this line:  Redwood Line.

Just thought I'd post something after the SO loss to the Habs.  


John Niyo of the Detroit News on the improved Wings

It’s apparent in the structure and the systems in the neutral zone, in the simple plays being made by the Wings’ defensemen in their own end, and often in the goalie (Ville Husso) quietly making save after save in net.

More and more now, you can even see it in the underlying analytics, too. Including the game-flow charts that paint a picture of what’s happening with the puck through possession metrics. Where you used to see a few peaks and some long, deep valleys on Detroit’s side, now you’re beginning to notice some plateaus.

“I think our whole game, we kind of have a baseline of how we play,” said Dylan Larkin, who played through some near-historic lows in recent years as this franchise rebuild bottomed out.

And when I asked the Wings’ captain Tuesday night how much that baseline has been elevated this season, he didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“Oh, a lot higher,” he said.

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

As a reminder, to come up with the Super 16 each week, the 13 voters put together their own version of what they think the rankings should look like. A point total assigned to each with the team selected first is given 16 points, second 15, third 14, and so on down the line.

For this week, the voters also offered thoughts on who they think is the early-season most valuable player for each team ranked in the Super 16. To say there were some surprises would be an understatement.

Here is the Super 16, with those thoughts from the staff members...

13. Detroit Red Wings (7-3-3)

Last week: Unranked

"The Red Wings have been without top-six forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana and Robby Fabbri for most of the season, so someone had to step up. That's been newcomer Dominik Kubalik, who signed a two-year contract in the offseason and leads the Red Wings in scoring. The forward has six goals, 10 assists, eight power-play points, and a point in 10 of 13 games, including at least two in five of them. He's on pace to shatter his NHL career high in points (46 in 68 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2019-20) and a big reason the Red Wings are where they are in the standings." -- Satriano

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