Red Wings lose close one again, Bertuzzi scores spin-o-rama goal, more of what's to come

Team returns from California trip to face Leafs

Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal during the first period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on October 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings are winless through their first three games. 

But it could be worse. They lost one of the games in overtime and the other in a shootout. 

Here are the game recaps: 

Winning is not going to come easy right now for the Red Wings, who have a list of rookies and sophomores in the lineup. But this team is definitely worth watching. You'll want to pay attention to the growth of young players such as Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored this goal Monday night in Los Angeles:

That was Frans Nielsen and Michael Rasmussen with the assists. 

The Red Wings opened the season Thursday night, then picked up and headed west for two games in California. It's likely you didn't see either of those super late West Coast games, so get set for them to be home again on Thursday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit. 

Then it's a Saturday night game in Boston. 

Here's the extended Red Wings schedule: 

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, vs. Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, @ Boston Bruins (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, Oct. 15, @ Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, @ Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 20, @ Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m.)

That's five straight games against Atlantic Division rivals. The Red Wings will want to avoid digging a hole early in the season by losing too many games to divisional foes. This is a tough test that has the young Wings going into some very hostile buildings right away. 

Yes, black seats are being installed at Little Caesars Arena

Is this something that upsets you? Seems like it upsets some Red Wings fans who got used to decades of red seats at Joe Louis Arena. 

The times they are a changing. Personally, I don't care if the seats are lime green as long as the team is good. 

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This hockey newsletter is authored by Dave Bartkowiak Jr. He can be contacted at dbartkowiak@wdiv.com or on Twitter @DaveBartko

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