Can Patrick Eaves Contribute In Return To Detroit Red Wings?

By Jonathan Katje
Red Wings Patrick Eaves
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The Detroit Red Wings have struggled with scoring lately, and after injuries gave them some cap space to play with, they have recalled Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Eaves was waived after failing to register a point in three games with the Red Wings, but has had some success in the AHL since being sent down. Glendening has appeared in nine games with Detroit this season, and is a valuable depth center who plays well on the penalty kill. Cory Emmerton was returned to the Griffins after notching one assist in five games since his early-December call-up.

In eight games with the Griffins, Eaves scored four goals and added two assists. He managed only two goals and eight points in 34 games with the Red Wings last season, and while he won’t singlehandedly help solved the scoring woes in Hockeytown, it’s hard to believe he can’t at least be as effective as underperforming veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Dan Cleary. The Red Wings have scored three or fewer goals in each of their last five games, and with Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss still out changes need to be made until something clicks. Eaves appears to have found a spark since being demoted, and he should be hungry for each shift he can get in Detroit. With three games in four nights starting Saturday, there should be plenty of chances for both Eaves and Glendening.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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