DetroitRedWings.com’s Josh Berenter posted a set of bullet-pointed notes ahead of tonight’s game vs. Dallas (8:30 PM EST on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM):
Red Wings Storylines
• After earning seven points in his first six games last season, including five goals in the first two contests, Anthony Mantha has had a frustrating start to the 2020-21 campaign, registering just one goal among three points in the first six games.
“It’s not something that I like, to not be involved and help the team,” Mantha said about his slow start. “I’m someone that’s hard on myself and I want to get better and that’s the mentality I’m going in with. I can redeem myself as quick as (Tuesday) night.”
• Despite the 2-4 start, the Red Wings have gotten excellent goaltending from Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss. Detroit’s goalie tandem has combined for a .904 save percentage, which is much improved from the .886 save percentage from Wings goalies last season.
• The Red Wings continue to be without forwards Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina, as well as defenseman Jon Merrill, due to NHL COVID-19 protocols. Erne and Fabbri have been on the COVID-19 list since January 18, missing four games, while Gagner, Zadina and Merrill have missed two games since being placed on the list on January 22.