The young players have given Detroit Red Wings fans a lot to look forward to, even if this season might be a little rough. The youngsters continued to impress, as the Red Wings continued their perfect preseason, beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Things Worth Mentioning…
- Filip Zadina notched his first preseason goal, on a feed from Niklas Kronwall on the power play. The Red Wings went his way as much as they could on each power play, as he situated himself at the top of that right faceoff circle.
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- Dennis Cholowski also scored his first preseason goal, an innocent-looking shot from the point that found its way past Zane McIntyre.
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- Libor Sulak was great again Saturday, using his speed to break into the offensive zone. He finished with a score-adjusted Corsi for percentage of 53.38, and while he’ll probably start the season in Grand Rapids, he isn’t making it an easy decision for Ken Holland and Co.
- Jimmy Howard looked pretty good, stopping 23 of 26 shots. The first two goals he allowed were a deflection he had no chance of stopping and a point-blank slapper.
- Vili Saarijarvi scored his first of the preseason. A shot McIntyre probably should have stopped, but it was the second goal by a defenseman and a good sight to see, as the Red Wings defensemen didn’t contribute on offense all that much last season.
- Evgeny Svechnikov scored the game-winning overtime goal, his second game-winning goal of the preseason.
The kids continue to impress. Of course, it’s preseason, they are playing against other rookies and full-time AHLers, but nonetheless, it’s a good sign to see them contribute on a consistent basis.
The Red Wings are right back at it, as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins at 3 p.m. Sunday.