May In, Zetterberg and Cleary Remain Out Against Ducks

There will be a change to the Detroit lineup tonight but it’s not the one Red Wings fans have been waiting for.

Henrik Zetterberg will not return from his separated shoulder tonight in Anaheim. Both he and Dan Cleary are aiming for comebacks on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Instead, one-time Duck Brad May will face his former team, replacing Ville Leino in the Detroit lineup. May missed Sunday’s game in Phoenix with a lower-body injury.

Holmstrom Scores Two as Red Wings Down Coyotes

Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots Saturday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The goals were the team-leading fourteenth and fifteenth for Holmstrom. Both came on net-front deflections, a Holmstrom specialty.

With 5:16 left in the first period and a Detroit power play having just expired, Holmstrom tipped a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom past Ilya Bryzgalov to put the Red Wings on the board.

Matthew Lombardi evened things up at 5:53 of the second, taking advantage of a five-on-three for the Coyotes to get to the far side of Howard’s net and bang in a shot off a cross-crease feed from former Red Wing Robert Lang.

Holmstrom put Detroit up again with 19 seconds left in the middle period, deflecting another Lidstrom shot.

Pavel Datsyuk beat Bryzgalov with a shot from the slot into the top corner of the net on a Red Wings power play 5:51 into the third period and Darren Helm added an empty net goal to wrap up the scoring.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play, as did Phoenix.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 of 35 shots against.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Tuesday in Anaheim.


The game was the 900th of Todd Bertuzzi‘s career.