Red Wings Recall Nyquist from Griffins

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday that forward Gustav Nyquist has been callled up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The move was made possible by the Red Wings sending Fabian Brunnstrom to Grand Rapids after he cleared waivers earlier in the day.

Nyquist had a strong training camp and preseason with the Red Wings. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in nine games with the Griffins this season, good for second on the team.

He will be available for Tuesday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild.

Red Wings Sign Kronwall to Seven-Year Extension

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday that they have signed defenseman Niklas Kronwall to a seven-year contract extension.

As per club policy, financial terms were not officially announced. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Kronwall will make $33.25 million over the life of the contract, a $4.75 million annual cap hit.

The deal will keep Kronwall in Detroit through the 2018-19 season. Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen are the only Red Wings signed to longer contracts.

Kronwall joined Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk as an alternate captain for the team this season.

Red Wings Blanked by Wild, Drop Fourth Straight

The Detroit Red Wings lost their fourth consecutive game Saturday night, a 1-0 shutout by the Minnesota Wild.

Goaltender Josh Harding stopped all 36 shots Detroit threw at him to earn the win, with the one goal that Jimmy Howard allowed on twenty shots being all the Wild needed.

Dany Heatley scored the game’s only goal midway through the opening period, snapping a shot past Howard on a two-on-one..

The Red Wings look to snap their slump on Tuesday when they host the Wild in the back end of this home-and-home series.

Wings Place Brunnstrom on Waivers

The Detroit Red Wings have placed forward Fabian Brunnstrom on waivers, per a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The Swedish forward signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Red Wings after a successful training camp tryout but has appeared in only one of Detroit’s first eight games.

If he clears waivers, Brunnstrom will be eligible to be sent down to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Red Wings Fall to Sharks, 4-2, for Third Straight Loss

The Detroit Red Wings lost their third consecutive game Friday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks scored three times in the second period to rally from down 1-0.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring with 7:40 left in the opening period. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line intentionally wide of goalie Antti Niemi, banking the puck off the back boards to Zetterberg low in the right faceoff circle. Zetterberg banged the puck past Niemi for the early lead.

Detroit thought they had a 2-0 lead later in the period when Tomas Holmstrom knocked the puck past Niemi while sprawled out on the ice above the crease but the goal was called back for incidental contact.

Ryane Clowe got the Sharks on the board with a power play goal just 2:10 into the second. Clowe snuck down the left wing untouched as San Jose gained the zone. Marc-Eduard Vlasic worked the puck to Martin Havlat in the slot, who spun it on to the open Clowe for a wrister past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

It was 2-1 San Jose at 7:57 of the second, with Patrick Marleau outracing Ian White to the puck and snapping a shot past Howard.

Holmstrom got a goal that counted with 5:16 remaining in the middle period, deflecting a Pavel Datsyuk power play shot into the net to tie things back up.

With just 1:42 left in the second period, Havlat sprung Joe Thornton for a breakaway, with Thornton beating Howard to make it 3-1.

Thornton added an empty net goal in the game’s final minute to wrap up the scoring.

Howard finished the night with 26 saves on 29 San Jose shots, including a perfect stretch early when the Sharks outshot Detroit 7-1. Niemi made 30 saves on 32 Detroit chances.

Each team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit getting four tries with the extra attacker and San Jose having three.

The Red Wings will look to end their skid Saturday night in Minnesota.

Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom were the healthy scratches up front for Detroit… Defenseman Mike Commodore was cleared to return from his knee injury but did not play.

Postgame Thoughts: Sharks @ Red Wings

Okay, let’s get the caveat out of the way: The refs did not cause the Red Wings to lose tonight. That said, I feel like every game between the Detroit and San Jose can be summed up by two calls tonight.

For the Wings, it’s Holmstrom’s no-goal in the first period. We’ve seen worse allowed around the crease (and cleaner plays called back) but that doesn’t make any of it right. It’s a reputation call and it’s a play that I am just f*cking tired of seeing.

For the Sharks, it’s Brent Burns in the final minutes. In a scrum around and behind the San Jose net, Burns throws a closed-fist, gloved punch to Holmstrom’s face. No call.

It’s not okay to get bumped by the goalie but it is okay to punch someone in the face. I can handle one or the other but when it’s both, it just sits wrong with me.

As for the parts of the game that didn’t have to do with officiating… The goat tonight is former Shark Ian White. He got burned on one goal and jumped out of position on another. The second one (third San Jose goal) wasn’t as bad because, really, Lidstrom or Cleary should have been with Thornton, but White has to know where they are and that he has to be available to cut off the pass.

There were a lot of positives to take from the game, though. Jimmy Howard looked solid, even with allowing three goals. He kept the Wings in it early.

As much as I liked the Abdelkader / Helm / Bertuzzi line, Abdelkader looked good back at center on the fourth line. I feel like I didn’t hear Eaves’ or Miller’s name much.

In all, it was a much better effort than the previous two losses. Pretty easily could have been a different game, which you can’t say about Washington or Columbus. Malik just called it a “template game” and he’s right, there’s a lot done right and a lot left to learn from on that game tape.

Red Wings Drop Second-Straight with 4-1 Loss to Blue Jackets

After opening the season 5-0, the Detroit Red Wings dropped their second consecutive game Tuesday night, a 4-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The win was the first for Columbus in nine tries. They had been the last winless team in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets opened the game’s scoring just 21 seconds in when R.J. Umberger knocked the rebound of an Antoine Vermette chance through Detroit goalie Ty Conklin.

Darren Helm got the Red Wings on the board at 4:54 of the first, backhanding a fluttering shot past Columbus netminder Steve Mason from the side of the net.

Ryan Johansen made it 2-1 at 8:56 of the period with a power play goal, the first of his career. After a Grant Clitsome shot, Johansen gathered up the loose puck to Conklin’s left and banked a shot off the netminder’s skate.

Columbus took a 3-1 lead on John Moore’s first career goal with 5:44 remaining in the second. Moore’s shot from the left point deflected off of Drew Miller and past Conklin.

Derek MacKenzie added an empty net goal to round out the scoring.

Conklin finished the night with 28 saves on 31 shots while Mason stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced. Allan York faced no shots in 2:33 played for Columbus while Mason was injured after Helm’s goal.

The Blue Jackets scored once on seven power play chances and added a shorthanded goal into the empty net. Detroit was scoreless on three power plays.

The Red Wings are next in action on Friday when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard did not make the trip to Columbus, staying in Detroit with his wife and newborn son… Former Blue Jacket Mike Commodore remains on injured reserve for the Red Wings, recovering from a knee injury… Fabian Brunnstrom and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches for Detroit.

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