Detroit Red Wings forward @Taro Hirose picked up his first two NHL points of the 2021–22 season during Tuesday’s wild 7–5 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Hirose, 25, picked up the secondary helper on @Marc Staal’s first of two goals in the loss before setting up @Filip Zadina on the power play early in the third period to bring the Red Wings within a goal of the Oilers.
This is Hirose’s fourth season in the Red Wings organization since signing an entry-level deal with the team as an undrafted college free agent out of Michigan State University at the end of the 2018–19 campaign.
The 5’10”, 162-pound winger has been highly productive
at the American Hockey League level since turning professional, scoring exactly 100 points in 116 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but has yet to spend more than a few weeks at a time in the NHL. In 44 NHL contests with the Wings, Hirose has three goals and 18 points.
Hirose will likely play his third game of the season on Thursday as the Red Wings take on the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET, Bally Sports Detroit).
With @Robby Fabbri likely done for the year and @Tyler Bertuzzi ineligible to play games in Canada, Hirose has been given an opportunity. If he keeps producing, it might turn into a role going forward for the pending Group 6 unrestricted free agent.
The Red Wings (24–29–7) will need Hirose and the rest of their forwards to have a strong showing on Thursday as they look to snap a six-game losing streak. Conversely, the Canucks (30–24–7) have surged into playoff contention in the Pacific Division with a 22–9–5 record since Bruce Boudreau took over as head coach.
These two teams last met in Detroit back on Oct. 16, 2021. Fabbri, Zadina, and @Sam Gagner scored for Detroit and @Thomas Greiss made 40 saves as the Red Wings won by a 3–1 final score.
The Red Wings
@Vladislav Namestnikov – @Dylan Larkin – @Lucas Raymond
@Jakub Vrana – @Joe Veleno – @Sam Gagner
@Filip Zadina – @Pius Suter – @Givani Smith
@Taro Hirose – @Michael Rasmussen – @Adam Erne
@Nick Leddy – @Moritz Seider
@Olli Juolevi – @Filip Hronek
@Marc Staal – @Troy Stecher
Projected starter: @Alex Nedeljkovic (15–18–6, .900 SV%)
@Tanner Pearson – J.T. Miller – @Conor Garland
Nils Höglander – @Bo Horvat – @Brock Boeser
@Tyler Motte – @Juho Lammikko – @Matthew Highmore
@Alex Chiasson – @Nic Petan – @Vasily Podkolzin
@Oliver Ekman-Larsson – @Tyler Myers
@Quinn Hughes – @Luke Schenn
@Brad Hunt – @Travis Hamonic
Projected starter: @Thatcher Demko (27–17–3, .916 SV%)
Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (27 goals, 58 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (24 goals, 48 points); @Lucas Raymond (19 goals, 46 points); @Moritz Seider (five goals, 42 points); @Robby Fabbri (17 goals, 30 points).
Vancouver: J.T. Miller (24 goals, 73 points); @Quinn Hughes (five goals, 49 points); @Elias Pettersson (18 goals, 42 points); @Bo Horvat (22 goals, 40 points); @Brock Boeser (17 goals, 35 points).
Players to watch
Detroit: How about @Marc Staal? Looking a little like Thor out there, the 35-year-old defenseman blasted home two goals in Tuesday’s loss to the Oilers. Believe it or not, it was the first two-goal outing of Staal’s 1,001-game National Hockey League career. Okay, maybe it’s not that hard to fathom: Staal only has 49 goals to his credit over his 15 NHL regular seasons with the Red Wings and the New York Rangers.
Vancouver: It’s been an up-and-down first year as a Canuck for @Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who has just 17 points in 58 games with his new team while experiencing a resurgence in the defensive zone. While he may not be the elite two-way presence he once was with the Arizona Coyotes, OEL is still a reliable minute-muncher who can have a positive impact on games.
Viewing and listening options
Thursday’s game at Rogers Arena will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 10:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website
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