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The Red Wings are on a five-game home stretch all season

The Red Wings are on a five-game home stretch all season

Before the Detroit Red Wings hit the road, Dylan Larkin pointed out that the points are up for grabs during a four-game road trip. The Red Wings then won five of a possible eight points, finishing strong by beating San Jose 7-4 and Columbus 6-1.

Now the Red Wings (9-5-4) have a good chance to pick up more points with a five-game homestand, the longest of the season, that begins Wednesday against Nashville (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit).

They host Arizona on Friday, Toronto on November 28, Buffalo on November 30 and Vegas on December 3.

The Red Wings, with 22 points, are ahead of last season’s pace after 18 games (8-8-2, 18 points).

Here are some trends:

  • Filip Hronek is their best player as he has four goals and six points on the trip to give him 10 points for the season. His four goals are one fewer than his total in 78 games last season. His plus-8 rating is a sharp improvement over his minus-29 in 2021-22. He had a career minus-95 heading into the season.
  • Moritz Seider, off to a somewhat slow offensive start, has four points (goal, three assists) in the last two games and nine points (goal, eight assists) for the season.
  • Jake Walman made his season debut Tuesday in Anaheim after offseason shoulder surgery, joining the competition on defense. Jordan Oesterle, a healthy scratch most of the season, is gaining ground after playing every game on the trip. He has a plus-7 rating in eight games. Robert Hagg, who has scratched the last three games, is the odd man out at the moment. Gustav Lindstrom has missed three games with a lower-body injury.
  • Detroit defensemen have scored 10 goals. The blue line accounted for 20 goals all of last season.
  • Larkin has five points (goal, four assists) in the last two games and six multi-point games. He leads the team with 22 points, which is close to 100.
  • Free agent forwards continue to make a significant impact. Dominik Kubalik leads the team with nine goals among his 21 points and 10 on the power play. He has points in 13 of 18 games. David Perron (six goals, 15 points) is on a four-point streak (one goal, six assists). Andrew Copp got off to a slow start after offseason core muscle surgery, but has picked up the pace with seven points (goal, six assists) in the past nine games, giving him 10 points on the season.
  • Jonatan Berggren has adjusted well to the NHL with three points and a plus-3 in five games (goal, two assists). Elmer Soderblom has missed five games with an undisclosed injury. The team will have a roster decision when he returns if no other forwards are injured in the meantime. As young, waiver-exempt players, Berggren and Soderblom must play regularly to stay.
  • Ville Husso continues to consolidate his hold on the starting goaltending job, having started a season-high three games in a row. He is 7-2-3, with a 2.55 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts. Alex Nedeljkovic stepped up in road wins against New Jersey and the Rangers, but has struggled overall (2-3-1, 4.33 GAA, .873 save percentage).



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