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What To Do With Jonathan Bernier And A Feel Good Win For The Wings

03/12/2021 at 8:29am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jonathan Bernier could draw interest at the trade deadline from a playoff-contending team seeking goaltending depth or insurance, or one needing to replace an injured netminder.

The Detroit Red Wings might even get a second-round pick for the impending unrestricted free agent.

General manager Steve Yzerman, over the next month, must decide if the return would be worth weakening the club for the remainder of the season, because the Red Wings are much better with Bernier in net.

They showed it again Thursday in a 6-4 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena.

Bernier made 40 saves to improve to 7-5-0. That is a remarkable record for a team that is 8-16-3 at the midway mark of the season.

“He’s our best player. He gives us a chance to win every single night,” defenseman Troy Stecher said. “We wouldn’t be in the position we’re in without him. He’s a heck of a goalie, he gives us a fighting chance every night. We have great appreciation for him as a group.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Ultimately this game was a Red Wings victory, but what looked like an easy one suddenly wasn't

The Wings defeated Tampa 6-4 Thursday, ending a stretch where the Lightning had earned points in 20 consecutive games against the Wings.

Add the fact the Wings earned a point in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Lightning, and the Wings had the better of the two-game series, earning three of a possible four points against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It was the first win in regulation against the Lightning in regulation since 2015 for the Wings.

So, there's that in what's been another long, dreary Wings season.

"It's good to get three of four points against, obviously, a team that is as good as they are," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Our guys competed hard. I didn't think we played very smart tonight at all. Bernie (goaltender Jonathan Bernier) was our best player by far. They're a good hockey team, and there are areas in our game we have to clean up.

"It's a big boost for us to win and learn lessons while you're winning. It's a lot easier to learn those (lessons) when you win."


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