After almost seven seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening is going to eclipse the 500 games played marker.
The Detroit Red Wings may be winding down one of the worst statistical seasons in the history of the organization, but there are some positives. Forward Luke Glendening will make history tonight for the Red Wings, playing in his 500th career NHL game versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
This will not only be his 500th career game in the NHL but his 500th with the Red Wings after spending his entire career with the organization. This is Glendening’s seventh season in the NHL, and he will now eclipse this milestone.
In his seventh season with the Red Wings, Glendening has been named an assistant captain alongside Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin, and Frans Nielsen. Glendening has been a veteran player on a rebuilding team who has been trying to help work with these young guys and allow them to grow.
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In 2019-20, Glendening has played in fifty-nine games scoring six goals and tallying three helpers for nine points on the season.
He possesses a minus twenty-nine rating on the year as well as a 39.5% Corsi For (CF%) rating, which is among the worst on the team.
He has been a fan-favorite as a chippy/grinder forward who plays with a lot of energy.
Glendening is only 5-foot-11, 191-pounds, but he is known for his abilities in the faceoff dot and as a defensive-minded forward. He has never been a real offensive threat, but he finds his way onto the scoresheet here and there with a helper or two.
His best statistical year came in 2018-19, where he scored ten goals and added thirteen assists for a total of twenty-three points on the season. Back in the summer of 2016, Glendening signed a four year, $7.2 million contract that will have him making $1.8 million for this season and next year before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The Red Wings grinder has spent the last seven years here and has been involved in several trade talks over the years. This year he was rumored to be moved, but the Red Wings opted to hang onto the veteran forward.
After tonight’s game, he will have officially played in his 500th career game within the Red Wings organization. He seemed quite excited and grateful for the opportunities provided by the Red Wings over the past seven seasons.
Congrats to Luke Glendening on 500 games with the Detroit Red Wings!