Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi tallied his 4th goal of the season tonight against the Dallas Stars, and did so in baseball fashion.
Defenseman Filip Hronek‘s shot deflected to the right side of the net, where Bertuzzi was waiting:
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It’s the second such goal that Bertuzzi has scored in recent games, as he also batted the puck out of the air into the net for a goal against Chicago over the weekend.
The goal was on the power play and brought the Red Wings back to within two goals.
ESPN shares belief that Detroit Red Wings are about to turn the corner
The Detroit Red Wings hope that last season’s dead-last NHL record was the low point of their current rebuild.
Are things finally looking up?
With a new captain, new faces in the lineup, and another year of experience for the young players on the roster, one ESPN writer believes so.
In fact, ESPN’s Emily Kaplan went so far as to make a comparison with the current version of the Red Wings with the former rival Colorado Avalanche, who underwent similar experiences in recent years.
“After talking to Larkin, it was hard not to draw comparisons to my conversation last week with Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog and the potential similarities from Colorado’s rise to what Detroit is hoping to accomplish. Landeskog was on the 2016-17 Avs team that had an NHL-low 48 points, but dropped to No. 4 in the draft lottery (though it landed them Cale Makar). Things started to fall in place after that. Colorado hasn’t missed the playoffs since, and opened this season as Stanley Cup favorites.
The Red Wings also fell to No. 4 in the 2020 draft lottery (they selected Swedish winger Lucas Raymond). Could they engineer as swift of a turnaround?”
We’d certainly be happy to see the Red Wings enjoying the success that we were accustomed to for so long.
– – Quotes via Emily Kaplan of ESPN Link – –