The Detroit Red Wings are trending in the right direction. At least, that's the impression they've been giving their fans, as they have now amassed at least one point in their last six games. On a total of 12 possible points, head coach Jeff Blashill's troops have managed to get nine, the latest coming against their Atlantic Division rivals the Boston Bruins last night. They lost in overtime for the third consecutive game, although there is a silver lining.
After taking a puck to (let's call it) his groin area, star forward and 2016-2017 regular season revelation Thomas Vanek missed the last game but is reportedly ready to hit the ice tonight as the Red Wings host an Original Six rival in the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Signed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract last summer shortly being unceremoniously bought out by the Minnesota Wild, Vanek has demonstrated a knack for being an exceptional playmaker while developing an interesting chemistry with rookie forward Andreas Athanasiou. Moreover, the 33-year-old Austrian winger has managed 12 goals and 31 points in 36 games played thus far.
While there's no telling whether general manager Ken Holland intends on dealing Vanek at the March 1st Trade Deadline, it appears as though the forward is nevertheless relishing the opportunities being offered to him in Detroit. Meanwhile, he understands that changing addresses has become a reality for the veteran NHLer, as he has seen himself pack his bags for different destinations over the course of the last few years.