Zetterberg Back Against Blues

I’m about an hour behind a bunch of other people on this but the news this afternoon is that Henrik Zetterberg will return tonight against St. Louis.

MacLeod says that Zetterberg rejoins a second line that still features Mikael Samuelsson with Jiri Hudler on the third line with Valtteri Filppula. Kris Draper is back on the fourth line with Darren Helm back in GR.

Andreas Lilja is out tonight after yesterday’s appendectomy, Derek Meech remains in the lineup to take his spot.

Red Wings – Rangers Game Thoughts

I’ve said several times tonight that the Red Wings got two points they didn’t deserve tonight.

Once again they looked sloppy all over the ice and seemed afraid to forecheck. It wasn’t until they had blown the lead they got earlier that they seemed to have any jump to their game.

The first three Detroit goals came on rushes and good bounces, not from any form of continued pressure. By contrast, the Rangers four goals were the result of blown defensive coverage.

With about ten minutes left in the third period, it seemed as though the Red Wings flipped a switch and were suddenly on. For those final ten minutes they looked like the team we’re all used to seeing, unafraid of going into the corners and controlling the puck all over the ice.

If they had played the whole game with that kind of intensity, these two points would be deserved.

Stuart Out, Meech in Against Rangers

Derek Meech will replace Brad Stuart in the Red Wings lineup tonight, according to Mlive’s Ansar Khan.

Stuart did not take the morning skate, opting to rest his bruised knee. He’s expected to return next Wednesday when Detroit visits the St. Louis Blues.

This will mark Meech’s first game of the season. He will play in Stuart’s spot alongside Niklas Kronwall.

One other change for the game against the New York Rangers will be Dan Cleary donning a visor to protect an irritated left eye. Cleary says that if he can get used to the visor he will keep it on permanently.

Zetterberg Out Against Canucks, Helm Called Up

The Red Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg for tonight’s matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.

Zetterberg left Wednesday’s practice early because of a groin injury and was not present for Thursday’s morning skate.

Darren Helm has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill the hole in the Red Wings’ lineup.

Conklin Leads Wings to Win in First Detroit Start

Backup goaltender Ty Conklin stopped 27 of 28 shots Monday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in his first regular season appearance with Detroit.

Only Joe Corvo’s slap shot from the slot 57 seconds into the second period got past Conklin, who signed with the Red Wings as a free agent over the summer.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom had power play goals for Detroit while Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game.

Lidstrom’s goal came 6:55 into the first on a slap shot from near the blue line to put the Wings on the board.

Holmstrom scored on a pretty passing play 5:04 into the second. Lidstrom moved the puck from the left point across the blue line to Brian Rafalski who immediately pushed it down low to Marian Hossa. Hossa one-timed a pass to the front of the net where Holmstrom redirected it past Carolina goalie Cam Ward.

Ward finished the night with 33 saves on 35 shots.

The two power play goals came on six Detroit chances with the extra attacker. Carolina was scoreless in four power play tries, with their lone goal coming while the teams skated four-on-four.

The Red Wings will be off until Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings will visit the White House on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship. Though not currently with the Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins players Aaron Downey and Darren Helm will join their teammates from last spring’s playoff run.

Quincey Claimed by Kings

Kyle Quincey was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Kings today. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland wasn’t surprised by the move.

“We expected. We talked to five, six teams in the past week that had some interest. Thought we were close on one front to a deal that fell through.”

The Red Wings will not make a roster move to replace Quincey, who didn’t dress for either of Detroit’s first two games.