Red Wings Preview: Having to Go Forward to Go Back

As the Detroit Red Wings sit just a couple days before the NHL Trade Deadline, more pieces of the future are heading to Detroit and not just via trade:

Next Sunday precedes the final ten games of the season, which if Veleno sees time in even half of those games it would make those final ten games more of an enjoyable watch. As Steve Yzerman hypothetically will be opening up more room on the roster should he deal players away, Veleno might get more of an opportunity than five games.

The Red Wings already started dealing yesterday when they sent Patrik Nemeth to Colorado for a ’22 4th rounder. Whatever is brought back is to continue the construction of the foundation that will set the organization up for years to come.

In order to go back to the glory days many of us were so used to, they need to see a path forward by the future of this team. Veleno represents one of those pieces, as he’d join fellow 2018 first round pick Filip Zadina. It’s almost assured that Moritz Seider will be patrolling the blue line next season.

Slowly but surely, the future is arriving.

Red Wings have a couple tough games ahead

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Wings for a two-game series while they lead the Central Division with a game in hand on second place Tampa Bay. Their lead is a slim point, but it’s safe to say Carolina won’t be expecting Detroit to be a gimmie game. The Red Wings have played the Hurricanes surprisingly tough this season with the Canes taking three out of five so far. Dennis Cholowski, Frans Nielsen, and Evgeny Svechnikov were all recalled from the taxi squad. Neither Sam Gagner or Robby Fabbri will play tonight while Bobby Ryan will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Following blowout losses this season, the Red Wings have usually responded with a bounce back effort. We’ll see what tonight brings.