Andreas Athanasiou has shown flashes of excellence before, only to see his ice time subsequently reduced and, last season, scratched for a couple of games due to a perceived decline in competitiveness. He's been dominant in two of the past three games and has earned significant ice time in all three, as well as coach Jeff Blashill's trust. Could this brief stretch be a turning point in the blazing fast forward's career with the Detroit Red Wings? Could it be a sign of consistency that earns him a prominent role every game? Athanasiou scored both goals in the Red Wings' 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena, including the winner six seconds into overtime, on his fourth breakaway of the game. Athanasiou totaled seven shots on goal and had numerous scoring chances, including a penalty shot that Craig Anderson turned aside in the third period. He has three goals and 15 shots in three games since being moved from fourth-line center to top-six wing on a line with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar. "You see him winning battles," Larkin said. "Not that he hasn't before, but he's engaged. On the bench he's into it. He's talking to me and we're strategizing. That's how you build chemistry. You look for each other and you talk about what we can do throughout the game to find each other. A lot of it is finding him in open ice and letting him skate, and then trying to follow up for rebounds and second opportunities."
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou rewarded for playing hard consistently
Michigan Live | Jan 4