Holmstrom to Have Surgery, Will Miss Three-to-Five Weeks

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will be out three-to-five weeks, the team announced Friday, as he will need to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Holmstrom had a similar surgery last summer to repair a tear on the other side of his groin. This tear is smaller, giving the winger hope that he can return to the lineup with about 10 games left in the regular season.

Red Wings – Coyotes Game Notes

I was going to do a formal game recap of the Red Wings – Coyotes tilt but I just don’t care enough about the game to do it.

See what I said earlier this week about Detroit’s game against St. Louis? You could almost copy and paste it here.

Chris Osgood had a great first period and slowly fell apart for the rest of the game. Overall the defense was weak.

For once things looked good up front. Darren Helm was all over the place, Henrik Zetterberg looked good in his return, and Marian Hossa was the beast that he usually is.

For the second game in a row, the Wings got some bounces. The way they’re playing, they need them.

Red Wings – Coyotes Pregame Notes

Henrik Zetterberg returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight as Detroit hosts the Phoenix Coyotes. He missed three games after signing a 12-year contract extension last week.

Tomas Holmstrom remains out of the lineup but Zetterberg’s return bumps Ville Leino to the pressbox as the Wings want to get another look at Darren Helm. Leino is expected to play again on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Osgood gets his second start in a row for the Wings.

Gametime is 7:30 with TV coverage on FSN Plus.

Red Wings – Blues Game Notes

I wanted to write some all-inclusive game recap but what is there to say about the Red Wings’ shootout win over the Blues other than they didn’t those two points.

Chris Osgood played well, ignoring the first fluky goal. Marian Hossa had a typically strong game. Other than that, were there any good points?

The Red Wings failed to forecheck. They turned the puck over in the neutral zone, They couldn’t get shots to the net.

Detroit can thank Manny Legace for being completely worthless in net for St. Louis. He should have had at least the first two Wings goals, if not all three.

Needless to say, I’m not ready to declare the Wings’ slump over.

Abdelkader Back to GR, Helm Gets His Turn

In the latest set of roster moves made possible by Brad Stuart‘s long-term injured reserve status, the Red Wings have sent Justin Abdelkader back to the Grand Rapids Griffins and called up Darren Helm.

Ville Leino remains with Detroit.

From Khan

Coach Mike Babcock said Abdelkader really impressed him with his time in Detroit.

“He’s going to play on our team for a long, long time,” Babcock said. “Still going to finish the rest of the year in (Grand Rapids) and going to battle for a job next year here. We got Helmer down there, (and) he’s more than ready now that he’s healthy.”