Detroit Red Wings: Battle of two evil’s rages on as season ends

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The Detroit Red Wings have two games left on the schedule as the 2021-22 season winds down and comes to an end. The Red Wings have two games left currently and are finally going to close the hatch on what seems like a tough 56-game season.

Not tough from a tough schedule or tough from a tough battle, tough as in a tough to watch season that may have seemed to drag on. The Detroit Red Wings have not been able to accomplish much and have been looking like their rebuild is far from over.

The team is abysmal and looks as if they need two things. A super-charge into the offense and a true goaltender of the future. The Red Wings have two netminders who are bridging the gaps to an unknown future.

The team has a lack of scoring, and the goaltender of the future is going to be the second of two evil’s plaguing this time. Not to see that at times the team’s defense is comparable to pylons or at times that the team’s special teams have not been similar to that of a house league.

The Detroit Red Wings are battling two evil’s, and each of them could prolong the rebuild.

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First, up is goaltending. While Thomas Greiss was named first star of the week, his play has not been all that stellar all year long.

The inconsistency from the goaltending spot may not matter as much right now with a rebuild, but eventually, the Red Wings have to combat this somehow.

One option is to promote from within and bring in one of the prospects like Keith Petruzzelli from Quinnipiac or Carter Gylander from Colgate.

They can also keep hoping and praying for Filip Larsson to pan out after he has struggled to do much of anything since leaving Denver of the powerhouse NCHC.

However, that might not wind up being the answer, and they may have to spend some money. That brings up option two, which is to bring in a goalie from the free-agent market.

Either way you look at it, the Red Wings goaltending is not great now with the current two netminders, and it is not going to get much better unless something is done.


A source of offense would be nice for this Red Wings team. Currently, the injured Dylan Larkin and defenseman Filip Hronek are tied at 23 for most points on the Red Wings roster. The team has struggled to see a lot of consistent scoring, but this will likely change in the future.

Again, this will come in due time, but in 2020-21 this was another area of concern for the team. They are on pace to finish second to last in the league for scoring with only 118 goals scored on the season. With players like Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi now being looked upon as scorers, not having them in the lineup is killer.

Younger players like Jakub Vrana and Filip Zadina will be able to add some scoring punch alongside other players like Robby Fabbri, but the scoring has to actually show up. These players have all proven they have the ability; it is just stringing together the goals that seems to be the hard part for the Red Wings roster.

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But, the 2020-21 Detroit Red Wings season is coming to a close, and the team will shift its focus towards the offseason the chaos it brings.