In Red Wings Land
Credit new goalie Thomas Greiss for keeping the 2021 opener close, but his teammates were not nearly as effective as the hope they built up during a two-week training camp.
It’s only one game, but there are definitely some signs for concern. For me, it was very frustrating seeing them not make any of the changes that were obvious when I was doing the power play series two seasons ago. It still looks terrible, and it shouldn’t look that bad.
Around the NHL
Heading into the 2020-21 NHL season, there was no shortage of drama between Patrik Laine and the Jets. He got pretty snippy when asked about his future. If it weren’t for even more public drama between the Blue Jackets and Pierre-Luc Dubois,* we’d probably be inundated with even more Laine – Jets talk.
Laine hasn’t always been able to walk the walk, but he soared on Thursday. Starting with a nice first goal of the season, and ending with nifty overtime game-winner, Laine generated three points (2G, 1A). Maybe the 22-year-old can prove that his ceiling is higher than it looked in recent, slower years?
Lots of fun and great performances from stars around the league last night.