Detroit Red Wings look like they have a second scoring line. Here’s why

In a motivating advancement for a group desperate for scoring, the Detroit Red Wings appear like they have actually discovered a 2nd line.

Robby Fabbri, Filip Zadina and Vladislav Namestnikov starred, for what it deserves, in Sunday’s skirmish, revealing chemistry and scoring expertise. Namestnikov scored the very first objective and Zadina the last objective as Group White topped Group Red, 6-2.

“I think the fact they were dangerous in the scrimmage is important,” coach Jeff Blashill stated. “We need more lines. So the fact they could be impactful in a scrimmage is good. Come Thursday, it will be a different animal a bit, but all they can control is the setting and then play great within the setting, and they did a great job of that.”

Detroit Red Wings' Vladislav Namestnikov during the first training camp practice at the Little Caesars Arena practice rink, Jan. 1, 2021.
Detroit Red Wings’ Vladislav Namestnikov throughout the very first training school practice at the Little Caesars Arena practice rink, Jan. 1, 2021.

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It was the 3rd and last skirmish prior to the Wings open the 2021 season Thursday at Little Caesars Arena versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I thought both teams were competing,” Blashill stated. “It wasn’t like it was a summer hockey game. It looked like a real enough game.”

Unlike Friday’s uneven affair, when Group Red had much more NHLers than Group White, Sunday’s occasion was more uniformly divided. Dylan Larkin’s line with Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi headlined the red sweatshirts while Fabbri’s line headlined the opposition. The red defense consisted of Danny DeKeyser, Marc Staal and Troy Stecher while white had Filip Hronek, Patrik Nemeth and Jon Merrill.

Namestnikov scored on a redirect, with Fabbri buzzing and prepared in case there was a rebound chance.

“That line right off the bat was really good,” Blashill stated. “Fabs was skating really good, he had good jump, he did a good job in the d-zone. I thought the same with Z and Vladdy. It was real noticeable.”

Namestnikov, who was moved onto the line since Bobby Ryan has actually been “unfit” to practice given that Friday, has actually appeared like a terrific fit. The 28-year-old, among basic supervisor Steve Yzerman’s offseason additions, includes flexibility to the lineup since he can use an offending line or in a more protective function.

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“He’s pretty smart,” Blashill stated. “I love smart players. In the chaos of all the action out there, smart players can make good decisions. I’ve been impressed with him.”

Thomas Greiss looked great, too, making many point-blank conserves — consisting of one on Mantha throughout a power play.

Valtteri Filppula scored two times and Givani Smith likewise scored for Group White. Mantha, who has actually produced in every skirmish, resolved Greiss early in the 3rd duration to put Group Red on the board.

Michael Rasmussen, who has actually slotted onto Larkin’s power play system in the net-front function with Ryan not available, scored on a rebound in the crease to pull Group Red within an objective, at 3-2. It’s the kind of objective the Wings view as Rasmussen’s prospective support in the NHL.

After utilizing Friday’s post-regulation play to work on their 6-on-5, empty net power plays, the Wings utilized Sunday to replicate 3-on-3 overtime. That’s when Zadina struck.

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