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.
Namestnikov posted an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
Namestnikov had the secondary helper on a Patrik Nemeth goal in the second period. The 28-year-old Namestnikov has racked up nine points, 53 shots on goal, 32 hits and a minus-5 rating through 25 outings. Expect the Russian center to continue in a middle-six role, as the Red Wings run thin down the middle.
Namestnikov recorded an assist Thursday in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
The Russian pivot has compiled four goals and just as many assists through 24 games in his debut campaign with Detroit. Oddly enough, only once has he produced a point in a Red Wings win, which speaks both to the team's overall struggles and Namestnikov's lack of pulling through in the clutch.
Namestnikov posted an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
Namestnikov earned the secondary helper on Sam Gagner's first-period marker. The 28-year-old Namestnikov has gathered seven points, 49 shots on net and 30 hits in 22 appearances. He's exceeded 30 points in each of the last three seasons, but he may struggle to reach 20 in the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) skated 15:26 with three shots on goal and two PIM in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Predators.
Namestnikov missed two games with his injury. He returned to a middle-six role with his usual penalty-killing duties. Namestnikov, like the rest of his Red Wings teammates, was stymied by Pekka Rinne. The Russian forward has six points, 41 shots on net, 26 hits and a minus-6 rating through 19 appearances.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Predators.
Namestnikov is back in the lineup after a two-game absence. The 28-year-old is expected to center Frans Nielsen and Valtteri Filppula in the bottom six. Through 18 games this year, he's recorded six points and 25 hits.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Panthers, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Namestnikov will miss a second straight game. The 28-year-old is a skilled two-way player, and he's recorded six goals and 38 shots on net through 18 games. His next chance to play is Tuesday against the Predators.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Friday against Florida.
With Namestnikov on the shelf, Evgeny Svechnikov is expected to join the active roster and suit up against the Panthers. The 28-year-old forward will be reevaluated ahead of Saturday's rematch with Florida.
Namestnikov (undisclosed) is considered questionable for Friday's matchup with Florida.
The specific nature of Namestnikov's issue remains a mystery, but it looks like he's on track to be a game-time decision for Friday's contest. If Namestnikov's unable to go, Adam Erne will likely draw into the lineup against the Panthers.
Namestnikov tallied a goal on three shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago.
Namestnikov got the Red Wings on the board with 15 seconds left in the first period, jumping on a loose puck after it had ricocheted off both a skate and the post and then depositing it into an open net. It was the fourth goal of the year for the 28-year-old, who has produced four points in his last six games after a quiet January.
Namestnikov scored an empty-net goal on four shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Panthers.
Namestnikov scored for the second straight game, although his tally Sunday was little more than insurance. The Russian forward added three hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in a well-rounded performance. Through 13 games, he has four points, 20 hits, 28 shots on net and a minus-5 rating.
Namestnikov scored a goal on four shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
Namestnikov converted on a Filip Zadina pass at the 10-minute mark of the first period. The tally was just the second of the year for Namestnikov, who's added an assist, 17 hits, 23 shots on net and a minus-5 rating in 12 appearances. He's seeing decent usage with the Red Wings -- he entered Friday averaging 15:53 per game -- but his chances haven't landed very often.
Namestnikov scored Detroit's only goal in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars.
While the Red Wings ultimately lost in the extra frame, Namestnikov can glean confidence from his first-period tally, as he had entered the contest with nine empty shots on goal through six contests. Still, the Wings remain lackluster in the attacking zone, so it will be tough for Namestnikov to establish an offensive rhythm.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||@ CLB||L 4-5 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||15:39|
|05/07||@ CLB||W 5-2||2||0||2||+2||16:22|
|05/02||vs TB||L 1-2||0||1||1||+1||16:27|
|05/01||vs TB||W 1-0 (SO)||0||0||0||0||18:18|
|04/29||@ CAR||L 1-3||0||0||0||-2||15:07|
|04/27||@ CLB||L 0-1 (SO)||0||0||0||0||15:49|
|04/24||vs DAL||L 1-2 (OT)||0||0||0||0||17:23|
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