The Scouting Report: Detroit Red Wings
CALGARY, AB -- No Lidstrom? No Holmstrom? No problem.
Despite both Niklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom opting to hang up the skates in the offseason, the Detroit Red Wings continue to roll on with two of their franchise faces. The likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg continue to roll as the Red Wings currently sit fourth in the Western Conference.
It’s not just the familiar faces chipping in, either.
Damien Brunner has set the pace in Detroit with 10 goals this season. The 27-year-old Swiss rookie also nine assists to compliment his goal total, placing him third in team scoring behind the duo of Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
Niklas Kronwall, the longest tenured blueliner on the Red Wings, has also stepped up his game to help Detroit. The defensive-minded rearguard has put up 18 points in 26 games while logging a team-best 24:05 of ice time this season.
SOG: 51 | +/-: 4
Though the Red Wings have just seven goals in their past four games, Franzen has been the most potent of those to find the back of the net twice over that span. The six-foot-three, 223-pound forward has found the back of the net five times in 19 games this season and has cleared the 25-goal mark in four of the last five years.
SOG: 55 | +/-: -4
Though he’s not primarily known for his offensive punch, Cleary has been running particularly dry since posting back-to-back multi-point games in late February. Since the offensive explosion, which includes four goals and six points in three games, the Carbonear, NFLD product hasn’t put his name on the scoresheet in seven straight games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stepping into North American hockey for the first time in his career, Brunner hasn’t disappointed those charting his trajectory. Leading the way with 10 goals for the Red Wings, the five-foot-10 forward has been an excellent addition to a Detroit club looking to establish more depth.
Though he hasn’t produced at the same rate this season as he did a year ago, Filpulla has been equally important. The 28-year-old is averaging in the neighbourhood of 18 minutes a game.
Detroit’s first round pick from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kindl is paving his way towards being a regular in the National Hockey League. The six-foot-three 26-year-old has three goals and seven points in 19 games this season for Detroit while averaging over two minutes a game on the power play.
BY THE NUMBERS
Detroit’s Record This Season: 12-9-5 (5th in Western Conference)
Detroit’s Record Last Season: 48-28-6 (5th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 9-11-4 (15th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record vs. Detroit Last Year: 2-2-0
Detroit’s Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Calgary’s Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE