The Detroit Red Wings Jerseys lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys with 4:5 after overtime on Saturday, while the Washington Capitals, as holder of the second wildcard place, won a 6:3 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins. With a record of 28-34-10 after 72-matches and a 22-point gap to Washington, it is officially clear that the Stanley Cup NHL Jerseys playoffs 2022 will take place without the Red Wings.
In the season 2015/16, Detroit stood for the 25th time in a row and for the last time in the round of the Best-16. Since then, they had to say goodbye six times in a row to the summer break, while the competition fought for the Stanley Cup.
Acceptable start of the season, but then the air ran out
The Red Wings, which are currently being rebuilt, had a good start to the season, with defender Moritz Seider and left winger Lucas Raymond two rookies playing a significant role. At the end of December 2021, Detroit finished eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 15-14-3 balance sheet and a 51.6 percent point win rate. The young German and Swede had no problems finding their way in the NHL: Seider scored 21-points (3-goals, 18-assists) in the first 32-games and Raymond scored 28-points (10-goals, 18-assists).
The NHL newcomers continued to win over the rest of the season and took fourth and second place in the team’s internal scoring with 45-points (5-goals, 40-assists) and 54-points (22-goals, 32-assists) in 72-games. However, the team’s successes failed. Of their past 20-games, the Red Wings could only win five (5-12-3).
Too perforated on the defensive
No team scored more goals per match than the Red Wings. On average, they allowed 3.82 goals per game. Their not particularly effective underplay contributed to this. With a penalty killing quota of 73.6 percent, they occupy the penultimate place in the league ahead of the Arizona Coyotes by 73.1 percent. Detroit’s Powerplay also left wishes unfulfilled. 17.2 percent of their overtime games they were able to complete with a goal success (place 26).
If you let too many goals in the back, it would be important to have at least the best strikers available. Tyler Bertuzzi shares second place in the Red Wings scorer ranking with Raymond, but missed 13 games. In the games where Bertuzzi was not in the lineup, Detroit came on a balance of 3-10-0.
A team’s future prospects must be bright if, like the Red Wings, Raymond and Seider, they have two Calder Trophy contenders in the squad. In addition, strikers Jonathan Berggren and Elmer Soderblom and defender Simon Edvinsson are two promising talents on the way to the NHL. Berggren scored 46-points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 60-games for Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League. Soderblom scored 33 points for Frölunda HC in the SHL (21 goals, 12 assists) in 52 games and his teammate Edvinsson scored 19 points (2 goals, 17 assists).
“Without a doubt, the franchise is heading in the right direction. Three years ago, we were at the very bottom. Of course, I can’t say how fast we’re going to get where we want to go. That depends on how players develop. New players will also be joining,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said confidently on Sunday.