Red Wings Deal Huskins to Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Saturday that they have traded defenseman Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014.

Huskins suited up for the Red Wings in eleven games this season, scoring no points and taking four penalty minutes while going a minus-three. He was signed just hours before the team’s home opener, when Detroit was already down three defensemen only two games into the season.

Huskins had last played on February 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With the pending return of Carlo Colaiacovo from injury and the Red Wings’ recent signing of defenseman Danny DeKeyser, Huskins became expendable.

With Huskins dealt and DeKeyser signed, the Red Wings still have a full 23-man roster, with Kyle Quincey, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson all on injured reserve.

Red Wings Routed by Blackhawks in Easter Matchup

Cory Emmerton scored the only goal for the Red Wings on Sunday as Detroit dropped a 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in an Easter matinee matchup.

Emmerton ended Chicago netminder Corey Crawford‘s shutout with 33 seconds remaining in regulation, gathering in the rebound of a Brian Lashoff shot and snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle past Crawford.

While the game ended on a positive note, it started poorly for Detroit and continued that way for the first 57 minutes of play.

Jeremy Morin opened the game’s scoring just 2:33 into the first. A Chicago shot wide of the net came off the back boards and off a skate, deflecting in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard attempted to freeze the puck but couldn’t hold it, with Morin collecting it and throwing a shot past him.

Brandon Saad made it 2-0 at 3:21 of the period, faking out Howard after having been left all alone in the right circle to take a pass from Michael Frolik.

At 4:12, Jakub Kindl mishandled the puck at the side of the net and backhanded it in behind Howard for a goal credited to Dave Bolland.

The start of the second period wasn’t much better than the start of the first for Detroit, with Chicago scoring a pair of goals eight seconds apart in the first four minutes.

Off a giveaway by Jordin Tootoo at the Chicago blueline, Saad carried the puck down the left wing and into the corner before feeding Jonathan Toews in the slot for a snap past Howard, making it 4-0 and chasing the Detroit netminder in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson didn’t fare any better, as Saad collected a deflected feed from Niklas Hjalmarsson in the right circle and beat him five hole to make it 5-0.

Bolland added a second goal at 7:55 of the third period, snapping a shot from the right circle past Gustavsson. Nick Leddy did nearly the same thing to make it 7-0 with 3:39 remaining.

Howard ended up with ten saves on 14 shots in 23:52, taking the loss. Gustavsson made nine saves on 12 shots in the remaining 36:08. Crawford stopped 33 of 34 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had the only two attempts of the game with the extra skater.


The Red Wings lost forward Mikael Samuelsson to an unspecified upper-body injury after the second period. Samuelsson was playing just his third game of the season, having missed all but the first two to various injuries… Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a groin injury. He is expected to also miss Monday’s matchup with the Colorado Avalanche… Gustav Nyquist was the healthy scratch up front for Detroit… Danny DeKeyser was technically not a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, as his contract was not yet official as of game time… After the game the Red Wings sent Lashoff back to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room on the roster for DeKeyser and Carlo Colaiacovo, who is returning from a conditioning stint with the Griffins. Lashoff is expected back with the Red Wings after the NHL’s trade deadline passes on Wednesday.

Pregame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – 3/31

It’s Easter Sunday and Gordie Howe‘s 85th birthday and the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks in an afternoon matchup.

In honor of Mr. Hockey’s birthday, all Detroit players will take the pre-game skate in #9 Howe jerseys, with a commemorative patch above the tip of the winged wheel crest and the player’s actual number on the opposite side (which will make for a crowded space if the C and A are kept for Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Kronwall).

The Wings may have Mikael Samuelsson back in the lineup. In that case, Gustav Nyquist will likely be out and reassigned to Grand Rapids as Detroit would need to open up a roster spot for Samuelsson. Even with that move, there are 13 forwards in the lineup so a to-be-determined healthy scratch is expected.

On defense, the lineup is known. With Kent Huskins off to Philadelphia and Carlo Colaiacovo with the Griffins on a rehab stint, newcomer Danny DeKeyser is the lone scratch. DeKeyser is expected to make his pro debut on Thursday on the road against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for Detroit.

Stupid stat time: Detroit is 12-14-5 all-time on Howe’s birthday.

Bonus stupid stat: Detroit is 13-14-4 all-time on Easter Sunday.

Game time is 12:30 PM on NBC, which means Eddie Olczyk will be covering his home team against their bitter rivals for a national audience.

Red Wings Land Free Agent DeKeyser

The Detroit Red Wings are the winners of the Danny DeKeyser sweepstakes.

The team announced on Friday the signing of the Western Michigan defenseman to a standard two-year entry-level contract. The 23-year-old was considered the top NCAA player available in the 2013 free agent class and was sought after by many teams.

DeKeyser has a long history of connections with the Red Wings. He grew up a fan of the team in Macomb and played with Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill’s son, Trevor. With the Broncos, he was coached by Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill during his rookie year. He was also invited to the Red Wings’ summer development camp during his offseasons.

In three seasons at Western, DeKeyser accumulated 12 goals and 37 assists for 49 total points.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced but are expected to carry a rookie-max cap hit of $3,775,00. Most of that will be in bonuses that cannot be reached but are factored into the cap calculation nonetheless.

Red Wings Blanked by Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings closed out their four-game West Coast road trip Thursday night, dropping a 2-0 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The Wings had won the first three games of their trip and were looking for their first-ever four-game sweep of a Pacific Time Zone stretch.

In addition to losing the game, forward Johan Franzen went down with a lower body injury and did not return for the third period.

Joe Pavelski opened the scoring for the Sharks with just 1:01 left in the first period. With the puck behind the net, Pavelski made a wraparound attempt but the puck came out and deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall before sliding past goalie Jimmy Howard to give San Jose the 1-0 lead.
Brent Burns made it 2-0 just 2:07 into the third period. Detroit defenseman Brian Lashoff turned the puck over to Joe Thornton in the right faceoff circle and Thornton passed it off the skate of Brendan Smith to Burns for a snap past Howard.
Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots while Antti Niemi stopped all 27 shots the faced in earning the win for the Sharks.

Detroit failed to score on the game’s only power play, ending their streak of games with a power play goal at six.

The Red Wings now return home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

Red Wings Send Colaiacovo to Grand Rapids on Conditioning Stint

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday that defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint.

Colaiacovo, 30, was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent during the 2012 offseason. He appeared in only two games for Detroit before suffering a shoulder injury. He was cleared to play earlier this week but has been unable to work his way into the lineup.

Colaiacovo last played in the AHL during the 2007-08 season when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and spent two games with the Toronto Marlies.

In his two games with Detroit this season, he has no points or penalty minutes and has an even plus/minus rating.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Sharks – 3/28

The Red Wings wrap up their four-game road trip tonight in San Jose, having won the first three games of the trip.

For Detroit, Jordin Tootoo swaps back into the lineup for Patrick Eaves, who’ll be the healthy scratch up front. Kent Huskins will continue his role as the healthy scratch on defense.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net, opposite Antti Niemi for the Sharks.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 83-127-27 all time in the fourth game of a road trip. They’re 5-7-1 when that game is in San Jose.

Game time is 10:30 PM on FSD.

Gustavsson Helps Carry Red Wings to 3-2 Win over Coyotes

Jonas Gustavsson stopped the Coyotes’ Lauri Korpikoski on a penalty shot with 4:12 remaining in regulation on Monday night, keeping Phoenix from tying the game late as the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 3-2 win.

Gustavsson made 29 saves on 31 shots to earn his second win of the season. Phoenix netminder Jason Labarbera stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced in the loss.

Ian White got the Red Wings on the board 4:01 in, snapping a shot from the blue line through traffic and past Labarbera to make it 1-0.

Phoenix responded 3:55 later when Martin Hanzal tipped a Radim Vrbata shot from the left wing past Gustavsson on a power play.

The Coyotes got out in front with 7:43 left in the period. After the Red Wings failed to clear the zone, Keith Yandle fired a shot on net. Gustavsson stopped Yandle’s shot and a rebound attempt from in front by David Moss but Rob Klinkhammer jumped into the play and roofed it over the sprawling goalie, making it 2-1.

Johan Franzen evened things back up with 39 seconds remaining in the second period. On a Red Wings’ power play, Niklas Kronwall faked a shot from the left wing before feeding Franzen in the slot for a snap past Labarbera.

Pavel Datsyuk put the Wings back in front with a power play goal 6:12 into the third. Henrik Zetterberg took the puck behind the Phoenix net before sending a pass out front. The puck bounced off defenseman David Schlemko’s skate and settled down at the edge of the crease for Datsyuk to scoop up and lift past Labarbera to make it 3-2.

The Red Wings scored twice on five total power plays. The Coyotes had three power plays and scored on one of them.

The win was Detroit’s fifth consecutive road win. They’ll conclude their West Coast road trip on Thursday in San Jose.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Coyotes – 3/25

Coming off a sweep of the Anaheim Ducks in their two-game series at the Honda Center, the Red Wings move on to face the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in Glendale.

The “trap game” narrative is set. Two big road wins against the number two team in the league lead into a game against a team seven points back of Detroit, in an arena affectionately known as “Hockeytown West.”

It’s also the third game in four nights on the road – specifically on the West Coast. I’m tired just thinking about it and there’s still over two hours until game time. Jonas Gustavsson is getting the start for the Wings, which hasn’t boded well for them this season.

Of course, Jason Labarbera gets the nod for the Coyotes, so we’ll see if that evens out.

After being a healthy scratch for the first time in his career, Damien Brunner is back in the lineup tonight. No word on who’s coming out but my money is on Gustav Nyquist.

Game time is 10:00 on FSD.

Howard Stops 33 as Red Wings Sweep Ducks

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Sunday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Ducks to sweep the pair of weekend games between the teams in Anaheim.

Howard had also made 33 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday night, giving him a .971 save percentage in the two wins.

Daniel Cleary got the Red Wings on the board at 4:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot from the right wing boards by Jakub Kindl past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller for a power play goal.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 8:46 of the period when he swatted the rebound of an Ian White shot from the point under Hiller just before Teemu Selanne could get to the puck.

After seven consecutive goals by the Red Wings across the two games, the Ducks finally got on the board with 46 seconds left in the second period.

On an Anaheim power play, Ryan Getzlaf got the puck at the blue line and lugged it through the high slot, getting around a diving Miller and taking it to the left faceoff circle to snap past Howard.

Howard would cement the win in the closing seconds with a stop on Cam Fowler all alone in the slot while the Ducks were shorthanded.

Hiller finished the night with 19 saves on 21 shots.

Each team had a power play goal, with the Red Wings getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks getting three.

Detroit continues their West Coast road trip Monday in Glendale against the Phoenix Coyotes.


Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for Detroit for the first time in his career. Carlo Colaiacovo, returning from injury, was also a healthy scratch… Defenseman Brian Lashoff missed the end of the first period after taking a puck to the face but returned for the start of the second period… Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne were all ejected with 34 seconds remaining in regulation for arguing about a tripping call to Getzlaf.