Quick Hits: The Opportunity Edition

In Red Wings Land

Brendan Perlini excited about opportunity with Red Wings | Detroit News

At his first practice Thursday, Perlini was on a line with Taro Hirose and Frans Nielsen, was on a power play unit, and was securely in the Wings’ lineup.

Perlini was excited about the opportunity ahead.

“For me, I haven’t played too much this year,” said Perlini, who played in one of the Blackhawks’ 11 games. “I’m excited to get back in and show these guys here what I can do with my speed and shot. I’m excited for a fresh start and opportunity here.

“It seems like everyone is a good guy here and it’s a good group, so it’s going to be fun.”

I think Brendan Perlini could be a good fit for the team this season. He’s excited about the opportunity and I’m excited to see what he can do tonight against the Hurricanes. I’m thinking a goal in his first game as a Red Wings player isn’t too much to ask for, right?


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Feel the Power (Rankings)

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus every team as a monster | ESPN

27. Detroit Red Wings

Previous ranking: 25

”Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Many years ago, considered to be an undeniable classic that left audiences slack-jawed in amazement. Today, it’s considered to be a guy lumbering around in a rubber fish suit.

NHL Power Rankings: How’s Your Rookie Doing? Edition | Sportsnet

30. Detroit Red Wings

Steve Yzerman is wisely taking a patient approach, keeping most of his prospects in the minors. Taro Hirose is an exception. The undrafted winger out of Michigan State has five assists through 13 games, and Detroit is looking for him to be a key cog in their power play moving forward.

NHL Power Rankings: Top line pushes Bruins to the front, Islanders climb while Red Wings plummet | CBS Sports

30 Red Wings

Trick: Giving up five goals in six of their eight straight losses. Listen, not all tricks are good tricks.

Power Rankings: Sizzling offence puts Predators on the rise | Yahoo!

30. Detroit Red Wings (LW: 29)

I feel bad for Dylan Larkin, who has to say, “Actually I’m the one who is playing badly here” and not just kind of vaguely gesture around the room like, “You see what I have to deal with, right?” He’s been on the ice for 13 goals at 5-on-5. The rest of the team has just six combined when he’s off. It’s 19 on, eight off in all situations.

That’s worse than the Oilers with McDavid. And that’s incredible.