Quick Hits: The Updates Edition

In Red Wings Land

Consistent workload helps Red Wings’ Jonathan Bernier raise his game | Detroit News

For Bernier (5-4-2, 3.17 goals-against average, .892 save percentage), it was a rare opportunity since he’s been with the Wings to get four consecutive starts and get into a rhythm a No. 1 goalie enjoys.

“Your reads get a little bit easier when you play more, and you gain confidence the more you play,” said Bernier, who as a smaller goalie (6 feet, 185 pounds) relies heavily on his timing and reads. “We’ve been playing better as a team, as well, so it’s been nice.

Good for Jonathan Bernier. Now the Red Wings just need to get Jimmy Howard going so they can potentially flip him at the trade deadline for a draft pick.

Prospects Update

Here’s what Detroit Red Wings are saying about Filip Zadina’s injury | Freep

“I get the reports but I don’t want to comment on it further than that,” he said. “I know he was out. He was injured.”

Blashill did not say whether it is an upper- or lower-body injury, or how long Zadina will be out. The Griffins, whose next game is Wednesday, have not released any information about him.

Zadina was playing the best hockey of his pro career. He had put together two straight two-point games, and crammed 10 points — five goals, five assists — into his past 10 games. It was just what the Wings wanted to see from their sixth overall pick in 2018.

Regardless of what the injury is, it would be great to see Filip Zadina make a speedy recovery and get back on the ice. He’s definitely been playing pretty well lately.

On the Wings of Tomorrow | DetroitRedWings.com

UMass-Lowell’s Barton learning on and off the ice; Kotkansalo fills in at center for BU and more in the November prospect report

Latest on some of the Red Wings prospects in the college ranks and overseas.

Around the League

Gary Bettman talks puck tracking, CBA, Calvert injury non-whistle | Sportsnet

“We’re continuing to test it and we have to install the capability in every building,” Bettman said. “It’s just a time-consuming process.”

Puck- and player-tracking data has been on the league’s radar for years as a means for both game participants and viewers to learn more about what’s happening on the ice. Puck tracking can tell us if a puck passed even a whisker over a goal line (or red line or blue line), while tracking players will allow those watching at home to know just how fast Nathan MacKinnon was going when he blew by your favourite team’s defenceman.

I’m looking forward to this.