Detroit Red Wings Stock Exchange: Another losing streak

Since the last IPO, the Detroit Red Wings have started a new losing streak. After a heartbreaker against Dallas, Detroit looked lost to the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks. Let’s evaluate the damage by going to the “stock market”.

For those who haven’t read it yet, the stock market series is a way of assessing player performance by “trading” their stocks – who’s trending up, down, or holding steady?


The second line

The entire second line has been excellent lately. The main reason? Tyler Bertuzzi now completes the “Guelph Line” with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. The trio worked well together; Bertuzzi has two goals and four assists in his last three, Suter has a few goals and Fabbri has two goals and one assist. The chemistry is palpable, and the Red Wings second line is now a real threat. Your stocks are going up.

The power game

Detroit’s power play has been terrible all season, but the unit has converted in two of the Red Wings’ last three games. Nothing to write home about, but given how bad the male advantage has gotten, it’s somewhat reassuring to see positive momentum developing. Moritz Seider was strong as the top unit’s quarterback, and the team seems to be finding ways to maintain possession.


The defence

Detroit has given up 17 goals in its last three. The struggles of the team’s defenders were evident in this week’s losses. The Red Wings are eight in the league in goals conceded per game, with 3.4. It’s the opposite of last season – offense pulls the team along while defense lags behind.

Alex Nedeljkovic

For most of the season Nedeljkovic excelled between the whistles, occasionally stealing games and acting as a stabilizing force for the team. Well, Neddy seems to be falling a bit back to the middle. In his last three starts, Nedeljkovic has a sub-.900 save rate (.750, .875 and .844). In fact, he was drawn early against the Blackhawks after giving up four goals on 16 shots. It’s not a real problem yet, but Nedeljkovic has had a bad game.

Stay in place

Moritz Seider

The tall German defender has been Detroit’s top defender consistently this season and nothing changed during a tough week of play. Seider scored his fourth goal of the season against the Blackhawks and provided an assist against the Stars. Its stock is already sky-high, so a week of more of it isn’t going to change much.

Vladislav Namestnikov

Namestnikov didn’t show up on the stat sheet this week, but he’s done a solid job in Detroit’s first line. Vladdy is a complementary forward, although offensive drive isn’t necessarily his forte. He’s in a bigger role, but he hasn’t done much with it yet. His shares will remain standing for the time being.

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