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Red Wings ride momentum into season-long five-game homestand

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Before the Detroit Red Wings hit the road, Dylan Larkin remarked that points were available during a four-game trip. The Red Wings then gained five of a possible eight points, finishing strong by beating San Jose 7-4 and Columbus 6-1.

Now the Red Wings (9-5-4) have a good opportunity to accumulate more points with a five-game homestand, their longest of the season, which begins Wednesday against Nashville (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit).

They host Arizona Friday, Toronto on Nov. 28, Buffalo on Nov. 30 and Vegas on Dec. 3.

The Red Wings, with 22 points, are ahead of last season’s pace after 18 games (8-8-2, 18 points).

Here is a look some trends:

  • Filip Hronek is their hottest player, picking up four goals and six points on the trip to give him 10 points for the season. His four goals are one short of his total in 78 games last season. His plus-8 rating is a sharp improvement from his minus-29 in 2021-22. He was a career minus-95 heading into the season.
  • Moritz Seider, off to a bit of a slow start offensively, has four points (goal, three assists) in the past two games and nine points (goal, eight assists) for the season.
  • Jake Walman made his season debut Tuesday in Anaheim following offseason shoulder surgery, adding to the competition on defense. Jordan Oesterle, a healthy scratch most of the season, is gaining ground after playing every game on the trip. He has a plus-7 rating in eight games. Robert Hagg, scratched the past three games, is the odd-man out for now. Gustav Lindstrom has missed three games with a lower-body injury.
  • Detroit defensemen have tallied 10 goals. The blue line accounted for 20 goals all of last season.
  • Larkin has five points (goal, four assists) in the past two games and six multi-point games. He leads the team with 22 points, which is on pace for 100.
  • Free-agent forwards continue making a significant impact. Dominik Kubalik leads the team with nine goals among his 21 points and 10 power-play points. He has points in 13-of-18 games. David Perron (six goals, 15 points) is riding a four-game points streak (one goal, six assists). Andrew Copp got off to a slow start following offseason core muscle surgery but has picked up the pace with seven points (goal, six assists) in the past nine games, giving him 10 points for the season.
  • Jonatan Berggren has adjusted well to the NHL with three points and a plus-3 rating in five games (goal, two assists). Elmer Soderblom has missed five games with an undisclosed injury. The team will have a roster decision when he returns if no other forward is injured in the meantime. As young, waiver-exempt players, Berggren and Soderblom need to play regularly to stick around.
  • Ville Husso continues to solidify his grip on the primary goaltending job, having started a season-high three games in a row. He is 7-2-3, with a 2.55 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts. Alex Nedeljkovic stepped up in road wins against New Jersey and the Rangers but overall has struggled (2-3-1, 4.33 GAA, .873 save percentage).
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