Red Wings Lose Howard, Kindl, Game

The Detroit Red Wings had a hat trick of losses Sunday afternoon. Defenseman Jakub Kindl left the game in the first period with what the team called an upper-body injury. Goaltender Jimmy Howard did not take to the ice for the second period with an unspecified lower-body injury. Then the remnants of the team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The loss was the first of the season at Joe Louis Arena for Detroit backup goalie Joey MacDonald and ended his personal winning streak at seven games. He has lost both games in which he’s appeared but did not start.

The Blackhawks opened the game’s scoring on the power play, just 3:17 in. Patrick Sharp‘s shot from just in side the left point deflected off Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to give Chicago the early 1-0 lead.

Kronwall answered back for the Red Wings at 6:03 of the period. Darren Helm gained the Blackhawks’ zone, jumping around Patrick Kane before circling back as the teams completed line changes. Kronwall stepped up to the blue line to take a pass from Helm and rifle a shot past netminder Ray Emery.

With 1:19 left in the second period, the Blackhawks capitalized on a Detroit turnover to score what would be the game-winning goal.

Wings’ defenseman Brad Stuart had the puck behind his own net when he sent a soft pass that was picked up by Sharp. Sharp sent it to the front of the goal to Kane, who outwaited a sprawling MacDonald and slipped a shot past him.

The Red Wings would be unable to even things up, even in the game’s final minute with MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker.

Detroit finished the game scoreless on four power play attempts, while Chicago scored on one of their three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped four of the five first-period shots he faced in the Detroit net before MacDonald took over to stop 12 of 13 Chicago chances. Emery made 23 saves on 24 shots.

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

Both Howard and Kindl are listed as day-to-day by the Red Wings… Detroit was already without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and Patrick Eaves (concussion), as well as defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) and Jonathan Ericsson (wrist)… Forward Chris Conner did not play and was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins following the game, having been called up in case Todd Bertuzzi was unable to go.

Red Wings Call Up Pearce, Janik, Conner

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday that they’ve called up a trio of players from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Goaltender Jordan Pearce, defenseman Doug Janik and forward Chris Conner are all expected to dress when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Pearce will back up Joey MacDonald, as Jimmy Howard will miss the game with an unspecified lower-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Howard left that game after the first period, with the score tied 1-1.

Janik will swap in for Jakub Kindl, who also left Sunday’s game early.

Conner will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who’s been playing through a groin injury.

Postgame: Wild @ Red Wings – 3/2

I was going to post some actual postgame notes but I decided video is better.

Take a look at the Red Wings’ fourth goal. That pretty much sums up the entire game right there.

Tonight, everything the Wings did worked and nothing the Wild did made a difference. Absolute dominance by Detroit, either by skill or by luck (a combination of the two, as would be expected).

On the downside, the loss of Todd Bertuzzi is worrisome. We’ll have to wait and see whether he can go against Chicago on Sunday.

Red Wings Rout Wild, 6-0

Valteri Filppula got the Red Wings on the board early and they never let up, as Detroit cruised to a 6-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

The goal was the first of a pair for Filppula, who – along with Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall – led the team in scoring with three points.

Just 35 seconds into the game, Zetterberg put a shot on Minnesota goalie Josh Harding from the top of the left circle. Harding made the initial stop but the rebound came right out to Filppula as he drove to the net, shifting over to his backhand to put the puck past Harding.

Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith, playing in his fifth game of the season and his first at Joe Louis Arena, scored his first career goal with 3:54 left in the opening period to make it 2-0. Danny Cleary stole the puck along the right wing boards and Todd Bertuzzi sent it back to him from the right corner to the near faceoff circle. Justin Abdelkader attempted to corral the rebound of Cleary’s shot at the edge of the crease, kicking the puck up to his stick but whiffing on the shot. Before Abdelkader could get another swat at it, Smith jumped in and batted it past Harding.

Another broken play gave the Red Wings their third goal. At 7:05 of the second, Darren Helm gained the Minnesota zone and cut to the high slot before attempting to pass the puck off. His pass deflected off a skate and came right back to him for a shot through a screen and past Harding.

Filppula’s second made it 4-0 with 3:25 left in the middle period. After 1:14 of Red Wings’ puck control in the Minnesota zone, Zetterberg tried to send a pass from behind the goal out front. The puck deflected out to Filppula in the slot to send back past Harding.

Just 1:07 later, Ian White‘s shot from the top of the right circle skipped off the ice and bounced over Harding’s shoulder to make it 5-0.

Zetterberg rounded out the scoring at 5:30 of the third period. When Harding and the Minnesota defense shifted to cover Filppula in the left circle, Zetterberg was left wide open at the top of the left circle to take a pass and slap the puck into the open net.

The Wild had appeared to get on the board late in the third period but it was rules that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard was pushed into the net on the play.

Former Plymouth Whaler Matt Hackett replaced Harding after the sixth goal and went on to stop all six shots he faced. Harding made 23 saves on 29 shots while Howard made 19 saves in earning the shutout.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit having five tries with the extra attacker to Minnesota’s two.

The Red Wings will look to make it a three-game winning streak when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Detroit lost forward Todd Bertuzzi to a lower-body injury in the second period… The Red Wings played without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Patrick Eaves (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle).