Just a couple days ago I wrote about how a small part of the Red Wings’ lineup this season was actually cause for excitement, and how we should expect those handful of players to be the exception, not the norm.
Over the weekend, those handful of players proved that, at least in the small sample size of two games, they could provide enough excitement for the whole team.
The Red Wings’ top line of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, and Tyler Bertuzzi accounts for eight of the team’s nine goals thus far and is dragging the rest of the lineup kicking and screaming towards respectability.
Again, the small sample size has to be stressed. Additionally, the schedule has favored the Wings to start things off; opening the season in Nashville, where they’ve had success of late, and then catching a Dallas team mired in a surprisingly slow start.
There were problems, too. Detroit let a 2-0 lead disappear against the Predators and let the Stars jump out to a 2-0 lead the next night. Those are the kinds of things I expected to see.
I didn’t expect the top line to be so dominant right out of the gate, though, and that’s been fun to watch.