5 Red Wings players who must bring their A-Game in February to keep playoff hopes alive

The Detroit Red Wings could make their first playoff appearance in quite a while, but they will need a strong February to keep their momentum going.
Jan 25, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates after
Jan 25, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates after / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s long-past time for Ville Husso to live up to expectations

Following the 2021-22 season, Ville Husso was in high demand. Always one to bring in a brewing (or a big) name to excite a fan base, Steve Yzerman managed to add Husso to the roster, but the results haven’t been what anyone thought they would see. 

Although the Red Wings have been a much better hockey team this season and are on the verge of playing a meaningful slate of games from now until the end of the season, Husso isn’t even the No. 1 goaltender at this point. 

Given Alex Lyon’s recent success with 13 wins, a 0.922 save percentage, and a GAA of 2.51, it should be his net until someone like Husso proves otherwise. But as of February 7th, Lyon has just 60 games of NHL experience dating back to the 2017-18 season, and at 31, it’s hard to see him being the long-term answer. 

Detroit could trade for a goaltender, and it would surprise nobody if Yzerman at least worked the phone lines. But Husso, given the 56 games we saw him play last season, was supposed to be the guy. Either he improves, or Yzerman improves the position at some point before March 8th.