HSJ on Zetterberg’s milestone, Bertuzzi’s 3-assist night

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

    1. Henrik Zetterberg scored his 336th NHL goal last night, passing Ted Lindsay on the Wings’ all-time goal-scoring list…

And the Free Press’s Helene St. James spoke with Zetterberg regarding his milestone:

Amid the descent towards the end of the 2017-18 season and a second straight playoffs miss, the Detroit Red Wings captain created a positive memory from Monday’s 5-3 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center when he scored in the third period. It was his 336th career goal, moving Zetterberg past Ted Lindsay for sole possession of fifth in franchise history in goals. Zetterberg also had an assist, giving him 950 career points, four shy from tying Sergei Fedorov for fifth in franchise history

“It’s a big goal, passing Ted,” Zetterberg said. “Ted means a lot to me, so passing him and doing it in this barn, too, where I played my first NHL game is a little special.”

Gordie Howe is the clubhouse leader with 786 goals, Steve Yzerman second with 692, Alex Delvecchio has 456, and Fedorov, 400.

“That’s pretty impressive by him,” Gustav Nyquist said. “Those are some big, big, big names up there. He’s been so good for so long. We talk about it all the time but it’s worth talking about because what he’s doing is pretty remarkable out there.”

St. James continues

2. And St. James discussed Tyler Bertuzzi’s blossoming into a regular contributor as Bertuzzi registered a 3-assist game last night:

Playing with Zetterberg is good for Bertuzzi’s growth, as it was for Dylan Larkin in his rookie year, and as it has been for Anthony Mantha.

“Every game you can learn something from him — his work ethic all the way until he gets to the bench,” Bertuzzi said. “It’s awesome to play with him, and I think it’s going to help my career.

“Going into draws he’s always talking about what we are going to do and where I should be. He makes it pretty black-and-white for me, and that makes it easier for me to just go out and play.”

Part of rebuilding is tipping younger, and seeing a young building block do well is tantamount to going in the right direction. The Wings are going to miss the playoffs again, but that doesn’t mean the last month lacks purpose.

“One of the things when we traded Tats, it was a real opportunity for Tyler and this was the type of ice time I think he needs in order to grow as a player,” Blashill said. “Ultimately I think he’s part of the solution here. I think he can be a big part of the solution so hopefully he gets great experience here now.”

St. James continues here as well…

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9 thoughts on “HSJ on Zetterberg’s milestone, Bertuzzi’s 3-assist night”

  1. Big accomplishment , quietly by Z

    Still not impressed with Nyquist , was one goal in the last 20 games, during a playoff push, playing with Z, PP time, 1st line..
    Anyway he is 2 goals in the last 21 games with most of the above.
    personality wise he seems like a good in the room player. Maybe some Pine Time would Help, oh wait a Vet.

    Sure like the way Lil Bert is playing all aspects of the game. I will eat crow for not agreeing to drafting him.

    Training from Big Bert and Z is certainly the best you can get if the player wants it.

  2. “and this was the type of ice time I think he needs in order to grow as a player”

    alright. so. Bertuzzi was playing…not so many minutes before the Tatar trade. We have to assume he wasn’t doing something right. Or maybe because he was on the third line without PK time (?) that’s what a 3rd liner gets.

    Either way, a top 6 spot opens, and he shoots right up to the top line. Meanwhile, is Svech getting the minutes he needs to grow as a player?

  3. Svech s/b on the 3rd line, pronto!!! 13-15 mins

    Howard and Coreau s/b alternating games! Blash probably wants to evaluate Howard, Duh

    XO s/b playing defense or Hicketts

    Booth/Witkoski on waivers.

    WTH are some of these Vets playing for at this time of year. Not tanking just some upgrading.

    1. Right. What would the problem be with:


      Switch Frk and AA if you prefer.

  4. Some fuzzy math here. a 60 minute game divided over 4 lines is 15 minutes per line.Special teams you say? Make it 50 minutes, just for instance. that’s 12.5 minutes per line at 5on5. Roll four lines. Screw matchups. If our worst defensive players get burned all night by Kopi, let em.

    In fact, go the Larkin route. Put them out there against the better competition.Right now, this coddling of Chevy under 10 minutes a night against lesser competition is just a waste.

  5. Wings have only 1 call up from Griffins left. I think both forward and D are covered if there is an injury. So….

    Who would you call up to play? Imagine that they would get a fair amount of ice time if you can.


    Scanning the Griffins roster and there is not really many choices…Sad now.

    1. Honestly, it has to be Hronek – if he is getting legit games played and minutes. Not a 24 hour lashoff recall.

      Hicketts maybe the “next one up” but he is small, and already an older prospect.

      1. I think Mr. Hicketts will make the roster next year, or move on and be gone.

        If he was a forward , his size would matter less and might be a great undersize, too lucky, rat of a player. Someone like a certain Bruin that i can/will not mention by name, but wish we had.

  6. Hicketts wont significantly improve the team. He’s small, slow, and not dynamic. I live in GR and attend lots of games. Can he play in the NHL? Of course, but he’s not really going to drive possession or help the team on offense. He’ll be a gritty 3rd pairing guy. You need those, but still… don’t get too excited. Hronek on the other hand has a real chance to help improve the back end with puck movement. He has everything — except for size and a heavy shot. He’s got crisp passing, on-ice awareness in both zones, an ability to skate the puck out of trouble through the neutral zone, and decent wrist shot accuracy, etc.

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