The Detroit Red Wings are looking to make it back-to-back wins over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Wednesday. The Red Wings were unlikely 4-1 winners as sizable underdogs on Sunday against the Panthers. It was the Panthers’ first loss in regulation this season, as a sloppy second period turned into a 4-1 loss.
With neither team going anywhere in the first in a 0-0 deadline, the Red Wings struck with two goals in the second frame to go ahead into the second intermission with a 2-0 lead. The Red Wings carried the lead into the third for a 4-1 victory to advance to 3-8-2 on the season.
Thomas Greiss was in fine form for the Red Wings between the pipes. He’s finding out how tough it is to play on a team with a weaker defense, but held his own on Sunday. Greiss had the luxury of playing in the crease for a top-flight defensive team like the Islanders. Signing with a rebuilding team like the Red Wings, despite more money, knew it was going to come with some consequences.
Greiss recorded only his first win with the Red Wings in the 4-1 victory on Sunday. Head coach Jeff Blashill has to hope that Greiss can get hot off that win. I don’t know how much longer Blashill survives as the coach of the Red Wings, but his survival is going to depend on Greiss, among many other things going right in Detroit.
There was a bit of controversy after Anthony Mantha was a healthy scratch on Sunday. However, Blashill is doing his best to find wins for the Red Wings and it seemed to work. Mantha was injured for much of last season, and already had to deal with a minor issue this season. If you continue to see Mantha scratched, it’s hard to see the Red Wings not finding a potential suitor for a trade for him. He was floated as a trade bait last year, but injuries devalued his worth.
While Greiss was able to record his first win, the Panthers fell to 6-1 for their first defeat in regulation. Despite the loss, the Panthers are in a good spot at 6-1-2 and 14 points in the East Division. Even though they’ve played fewer than five games than the Blue Jackets, the Panthers are only a point behind for second in the division. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Panthers pick on February 9, 2021.
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It was a performance to forget for the Panthers on Sunday, but they were still able to pepper Thomas Greiss with 37 shots. Greiss finally put together a standout performance for the first time as a Red Wing. Overall, Greiss has posted a 3.00 GAA and 0.903 save percentage through nine starts and ten total appearances. He regressed last season, from a 2.28 GAA and 0.927 save percentage in 2018-2019 to a 2.74 GAA and 0.913 save percentage the following year with the Islanders.
He’s going to tail off additionally with the Red Wings and certainly has already. The Red Wings are 24th in the league with 3.4 goals against per game. They might have won 4-1 on Sunday, but depending on Greiss to save the day like that consistently isn’t realistic. If he doesn’t have a strong performance, that one would have been a lot closer than it was.
It was especially impressive on the road, where the Red Wings have been grilled for 4 goals per game. And the offence, which has more recognizable faces like Sam Gagner, Bobby Ryan, and Marc Staal, is still miles behind most of the league. The Red Wings rank 30th in the NHL with 2 goals per game. Tyler Bertuzzi continues to sit on this road trip with an upper-body injury.
Only the Anaheim Ducks have struggled more to score the puck. Away from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the Red Wings have netted just 1.86 goals per game, and this was after scoring 4 goals against the Panthers on Sunday. Conversely, the Panthers sit in the top-half of the league with 3.2 goals per game for 12th, and 3.6 goals a game at home in Sunrise.
They are one of the best at putting pucks towards the net, as the Panthers are second in the NHL with 33 shots per game. The win for the Red Wings on Sunday ended an eight-game losing streak versus the Panthers. After their first loss of the season, against the Red Wings no less, expect the Panthers to return with more fire on Tuesday night. I’m looking at a 4-2 win for the Panthers.