The Detroit Red Wings had been waiting for the spark from Daniel Alfredsson that he finally provided on Friday night in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders. He scored two goals and had an assist.
Aldredsson, who will turn 41 years old on December 11, signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings last July. He had been a longtime producer for the Ottawa Senators, and the Wings were absolutely looking for some type of scoring support when they got him. Last season, when the Senators only played 47 game due to the NHL lockout, he had 10 goals and 16 assists. His numbers have gradually declined over the years, but the Wings obviously thought he still had enough life in his hockey stick for a few more goals and assists.
He showed on Friday night he can still put the points on the scoresheet. and that’s what the Red Wings wanted to see. They’ve scored six and five goals in their last two games, which is also what the Detroit coaches and fans had been aching to see for a long time. The goals have been hard to come by so far this season.
If players like Alfredsson can continue to put some goals and assists together, the good times just might continue for the Red Wings.