5 gifts for the Detroit Red Wings this holiday season

5 gifts on this Detroit Red Wings team to remember this holiday season.
Dec 20, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his
Dec 20, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Detroit Red Wings right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his / James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Red Wings having 3 goalies has been a gift.

The Detroit Red Wings have three NHL-caliber goaltenders for the time being. Three guys who are veterans or at least have established that they can play at the NHL level. While there were big hopes for Ville Husso coming into the year, he has struggled to be more of a durable netminder.

However, Husso has been a liability between the pipes for Detroit, and now he is out injured, likely for some time. He tweaked or pulled something that left him coming off the ice early in a recent loss to the Ducks, and now Detroit is without their "no.1" goalie. But their true No. 1 is Alex Lyon. However, Lyon is also out injured.

Lyon has been solid and healthy when he's been on the ice, but without Lyon, the Red Wings are three goalies deep on their last leg. James Reimer is the next man up and finds himself in the crease now. The longtime NHL veteran is trying to be the team's starter in the wake of two absences.

The Red Wings were also forced to bring in Michael Hutchinson from the minors to serve as the team's new backup. But, the gift amid all of this is the team's depth in the crease. Sure, Husso could be better. Sure, Reimer could be better. But with three NHL-caliber goalies, it has saved Detroit from grabbing Jimmy Howard and Chris Osgood out of the Bally Sports booth, forcing them to get between the pipes.

It's saved them from relying on Michael Hutchinson as the goalie if they only had two NHL-caliber goalies. It may not seem like much, especially in a time of struggle, but Detroit should be happy with the three-headed monster in the crease.