Namestnikov finished the year with eight goals, nine assists and a minus-5 rating through 53 games. Wings brass was counting on Namestnikov to improve defensively in his debut campaign with the Original Six club, and for the most part, he succeeded. The Russian only had nine giveaways compared to 13 takeways, and his minus-5 rating could have been much worse given that Detroit finished with a minus-44 goal differential as a team. Namestnikov has another year left with the Wings at $2 million before he'll be able to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
Namestnikov scored two goals in Friday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Both tallies were scored into an empty net as Detroit pulled away late in the third period. Namestnikov hadn't found the back of the net since March 28, a drought of 17 games, and on the season the 28-year-old only has eight goals and 17 points through 52 contests.
Namestnikov produced an assist, four shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. Namestnikov had a hand in Troy Stecher's second goal of the game. The 28-year-old Namestnikov hasn't been a consistent contributor on offense, as he has just four points in his last nine outings. The Russian forward is up to 14 points, 71 shots, 60 hits, 28 blocks and a minus-3 rating through 42 contests this season.
Namestnikov recorded two assists in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Lightning. It's the first multi-point performance of the season for the 28-year-old. Namestnikov's fortunes have mirrored those of the Wings, and he has only six goals and 13 points through 38 games.
Namestnikov scored an empty-net goal and went plus-2 in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Lightning. Namestnikov closed the door on the Lightning, who pushed for the equalizer late in the third period. The 28-year-old Russian is up to five goals, five assists, 54 shots on net, 33 hits and a minus-3 rating in 26 contests. He's picked up a goal and three helpers in his last five games, so he could be worth a look in deeper formats.
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