Namestnikov made his Red Wings debut Thursday, logging 14:07 of ice time in a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
The Red Wings only mustered 14 shots in the contest, including one from Namestnikov, but the Russian pivot managed 1:46 on the power play and 0:48 shorthanded to exemplify his special teams acumen.
Namestnikov told the Red Wings coaching staff that he is working toward establishing himself as a two-way player, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Namestnikov has already proven that he can be an effective offensive producer without hogging the ice. The Russian has averaged 15 minutes of ice time over seven years of NHL service time, adding 83 goals and 106 assists between action with the Lightning, Rangers, Avalanche and Senators. His efforts in the defensive zone will be critical as he gets set to debut for a rebuilding club.
Namestnikov inked a two-year, $4 million contract with the Red Wings on Sunday.
Namestnikov provides great value and is a feel-good signing of sorts, as he'll head to play for the team he grew up cheering for. The 27-year-old saw action with Ottawa, New York and Colorado last season, racking up 17 goals and 31 points across 65 total games. The Russian will be a nice piece to help boost offensive production in Detroit, as the team finished dead-last in the league in goals per game (2.00) last season.
Namestnikov collected two goals on three shots Friday in a 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas in Game 7. He also dished out a pair of hits.
Namestnikov got Colorado on the board less than four minutes into the opening period, deflecting an Ian Cole point shot. He added his second of the night late in the third period, giving the Avalanche a short-lived 4-3 lead. Namestnikov got off to a slow start offensively in the playoffs and missed three games in the first round due to injury, but he finished well with three goals and an assist in his final four games.
Namestnikov notched an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Stars in Game 6.
Namestnikov had the only helper on Nikita Zadorov's game-tying goal in the first period. The helper was Namestnikov's third point of the playoffs, to go with two goals, 14 shots and 23 hits through 11 appearances. He missed three games due to injury during the Avalanche's first-round series versus the Coyotes.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) is healthy and ready to suit up for Game 1 versus Dallas on Saturday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Namestnikov being fully fit doesn't guarantee he will be in the lineup against the Stars. It wouldn't be the first time this season the winger was forced to watch from the press box as a healthy scratch. In his five previous postseason appearances, the Russian has registered just one goal and eight shots while averaging 11:09 of ice time.
According to Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com, Namestnikov isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 5.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) will miss a third straight game Wednesday and remains without a timetable for his return to action. The 27-year-old forward has potted one goal while averaging 11:09 of ice time in five contests this postseason.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) will not suit up for Game 4 on Monday against the Coyotes, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
The 27-year-old forward has missed the last two games after suffering some sort of injury during Game 2. It's unclear when he's expected to return, so he'll be considered questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's Game 3 against Arizona, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Namestnikov suffered an undisclosed injury during Friday's Game 2 win over the Coyotes and will miss at least one more contest as a result. Luckily for the Avalanche, Joonas Donskoi, who missed Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, will return to the lineup for Game 3.
Namestnikov exited Friday's Game 2 win over the Coyotes in the second period with an undisclosed injury, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Namestnikov is considered day-to-day, so his injury doesn't sound overly serious, but he should still be considered a long shot to suit up for Saturday's Game 3. If Namestnikov is unable to go, T.J. Tynan or Logan O'Connor will likely draw into the lineup against Arizona.
Namestnikov scored a goal on three shots and provided three hits Wednesday in a 4-0 win over Dallas in round-robin play.
Namestnikov, playing the left side with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, tapped in a rebound late in the second period to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. Playing for his fourth team in the last three seasons, Namestnikov hadn't scored a playoff goal since 2015-16 while with the Lightning. The 27-year-old scored four goals in nine games after being acquired by Colorado during the regular season and is an interesting name to watch as long as he's riding shotgun with the likes of MacKinnon and Rantanen.
Namestnikov scored a power-play goal on three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.
Namestnikov got a little revenge against the team he started the year with -- his second-period tally gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. The Russian winger now has 31 points in 65 games this season. He's added 108 hits, 98 shots on net and a minus-5 rating.
Namestnikov scored a goal, dished an assist, served up three hits and went plus-2 in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Namestnikov and linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog combined for eight points in the game. The 27-year-old Namestnikov is up to 30 points in 61 outings this year -- five of those points have come in seven games with the Avalanche after he was traded from the Senators. The Russian is seeing top-line minutes right now, which makes him a solid addition to fantasy squads.
Namestnikov potted a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks.
The winger picked up his second goal in as many games, and his 15th of the year. Namestnikov has settled in with three points in five games since joining the Avalanche -- he got a favorable deployment alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog on Wednesday. For the season, Namestnikov has 28 points, 91 shots and 101 hits in 59 outings.
Namestnikov scored a goal in Monday's 2-1 win over the Red Wings.
Namestnikov is on his third team this year. He's posted a goal and an assist through four contests with the Avalanche. He's up to 14 tallies and 27 points in 60 outings when factoring in his time with the Senators and Rangers. The Russian winger has added 101 hits, 92 shots and a minus-6 rating this season.
Namestnikov was acquired by the Avalanche from the Senators on Monday in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round pick, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
The writing was on the wall for Namestnikov after he was held out of Ottawa's last two contests. The injury to Mikko Rantanen (upper body) likely forced Colorado into this move in order to shore up its forward depth. The winger could certainly factor into the top-six for the Avs, though he likely would be a better fit in a third-line role.
Namestnikov (not injury related) won't dress for Thursday's game against the Jets, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Namestnikov will likely be on the move ahead of Monday's trade deadline, so the Senators will keep him out of the lineup until they find a suitable trade partner. The 27-year-old forward has notched 13 goals and 25 points in 56 games this campaign.
Namestnikov (lower body) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Jets, per the NHL's official media site.
Namestnikov missed Thursday's loss to the Avalanche due to a lower-body injury, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 27-year-old forward will return to a featured role Saturday, skating on Ottawa's second line and top power-play unit against Winnipeg.
Namestnikov (lower body) won't be available for Thursday's clash with Colorado, but he's hoping to be ready for Saturday's matchup with Winnipeg, NHL.com's Callum Fraser reports.
Namestnikov is still dealing with soreness after blocking a shot during Tuesday's loss to the Ducks, but if he's able to return to practice Friday, he'll have a good shot at returning to action against the Jets. The 27-year-old forward has notched 11 goals and 22 points in 50 games this campaign, making him a low-end fantasy option at best.
Namestnikov (lower body) is considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Avalanche, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Namestnikov is bogged down in a four-game pointless streak and was forced out of Tuesday's clash with Anaheim after just 9:10 of ice time. The Russian should get back over the 30-point mark for the third straight season if he avoids an extended stint on the sidelines. If Namestnikov is unable to give it a go, Nick Paul (ankle) figures to get back into the lineup.
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