Emmerton Clears Waivers

Detroit Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton cleared waivers on Monday, paving the way for him to be sent down to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

With Darren Helm injured, Emmerton had been expected to start the season as the Red Wings’ fourth-line center but he was outplayed in training camp and throughout the preseason by prospects Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan, making him expendible.

Emmerton, 25, was originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (41st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons with the Griffins, playing in 217 games and scoring 34 goals and 77 assists before earning a spot with the Red Wings during the 2011-12 season. In 121 career games with Detroit he has 12 goals and seven assists in a checking-line role.

With Emmerton in the AHL, his entire $533,333 salary cap hit comes off the Red Wings’ books.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Maple Leafs – 9/28

The Red Wings close out their exhibition schedule tonight in Toronto where a mostly-AHL lineup will face the Maple Leafs.

Both teams iced close to their expected NHL rosters in Detroit last night and the Wings called up eight players from the Grand Rapids Griffins earlier today to skate tonight. The chain reaction means that many expected Griffins won’t be in Grand Rapids’ lineup in Plymouth tonight as they play the Lake Erie Monsters in a preseason matchup, which is where I’ll be.

Game time for both games is 7:00 PM. The Wings will be on NHL Network in the US and CBC in Canada.

Miller Scores Only Detroit Goal in 5-1 Preseason Loss to Penguins

Drew Miller scored the only goal for Detroit on Wednesday as the Red Wings dropped a 5-1 preseason decision to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

Miller avoided being sandwiched by defensemen Brooks Orpik and Deryk Engelland at the Penguins’ blue line but lost control of the puck, giving goalie Marc-Andre Fleury a chance to race out. Miller beat Fleury to it, though, and chipped a shot over the diving netminder and into the vacant net with 7:11 remaining in the middle period to make it 3-1.

It would not be the start of a Detroit comeback, as Chris Kunitz stole the puck in the neutral zone and broke in alone on netminder Petr Mrazek, rifling a shot from the slot past him with 2:34 left in the second.

Kunitz would add another at 9:28 of the third, roofing a shot over Mrazek from in close after being left all alone on a Pittsburgh power play.

Jussi Jokinen had opened the scoring with 4:54 remaining in the first. Jokinen got in behind the Detroit defense at the Red Wings’ blue line and took a long pass from Matt Niskanen, breaking in alone on Mrazek before putting a backhander past him.

Pascal Dupuis made it 2-0 2:29 later taking a feed from Sidney Crosby on a two-on-one before snapping a shot past Mrazek from the slot.

Craig Adams tipped a blast by Evgeni Malkin past Mrazek at 3:14 of the second to make it 3-0 before Miller finally got Detroit on the board.

The Penguins got two power play goals to Detroit’s zero, with each team having three tries with the extra attacker.

Mrazek made 32 saves on 37 shots against. Fleury stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced.

The Red Wings wrap up their preseason schedule this weekend, facing off against the Maple Leafs at home on Friday and in Toronto on Saturday.

Pregame: Penguins @ Red Wings – 9/25

The Red Wings begin the final part of their preseason schedule tonight, hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first of three games in four nights.

Detroit will be without Daniel Alfredsson and Jakub Kindl due to injury and will be sitting their top line and top defensive pair. Petr Mrazek will get the start in goal. Expected lines are as follows:

Johan FranzenStephen WeissJustin Abdelkader
Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonTomas Tatar
Drew MillerCory EmmertonMikael Samuelsson
Daniel ClearyRiley SheahanTodd Bertuzzi

Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith
Danny DeKeyserXavier Ouellet
Adam AlmquistBrian Lashoff

Game time is 7:30 PM on FS+ and NHL Network.

Griffins Jersey Number Updates

I’ve already looked at the Red Wings’ jersey number changes this season but now that the Griffins have released their camp roster, I can do the same for them.

None of last-season’s full-time Griffins are changing their numbers for the coming year but all of the players who joined the team late in the season have been assigned different numbers than those they wore during Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup run.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul gives up the #2 he had been wearing (having inherited it from Cody Lampl and Carlo Colaiacovo) to Joe Hartman, switching to the #7 vacated by Brendan Smith‘s ascension to the Detroit roster full-time. Fellow blueliner Xavier Ouellet switches from #37 to #16 while Richard Nedomlel goes from #41 to #45, a rare case of a Griffin wearing a high number.

With Ouellet taking #16, Marek Tvrdon drops to the #13 previously assigned to Gustav Nyquist, who seems poised to make the jump to the Red Wings.

Teemu Pulkkinen switches from #26 to the #6 that was briefly assigned to Andreas Athanasiou, with #26 going to free-agent signing David McIntyre. Calle Jarnkrok drops from the #25 he shared with Mike Knuble last year (and was originally assigned to Damien Brunner) to the #12 vacated by Brent Raedeke‘s departure. Kevin Lynch picks up the #25 from Jarnkrok.

Newcomer Alden Hirschfeld takes Francis Pare‘s old #9. Similarly, Martin Frk picks up Tomas Tatar‘s #27, Dane Walters gets Brian Lashoff‘s #32, Travis Novak will wear Jan Mursak‘s #39 and Alexey Marchenko gets the #3 that was shared by Erik Spady, Mark Mitera and Brett Skinner.

Goalie Jared Coreau gets his usual #31, meaning that he joins Landon Ferraro (#29) and Petr Mrazek (#34) as the only Griffins assigned the same number in Grand Rapids as they are in Detroit.

Joakim Andersson‘s old #18, Chad Billins‘ #14 and Danny DeKeyser‘s #55 were not assigned for camp.

Red Wings Assign Eight to Griffins

One day after sending seventeen players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings assigned eight more to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Forwards Riley Sheahan, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Louis-Marc Aubry and Luke Glendening were sent down as the Griffins begin their training camp in Grand Rapids. They’re joined by defensemen Nathan Paetsch and Alexey Marchenko and goalie Jared Coreau.

The Red Wings are now down to 30 players on their training camp roster. Expected Griffins still in Detroit are Teemu Pulkkinen, Willie Coetzee, Adam Almquist and Petr Mrazek. Pulkkinen is currently suspended and required to remain with the Red Wings but is practicing with the Griffins, Coetzee has been injured, and Mrazek is expected to fill in for injured Detroit backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

Detroit has three preseason games remaining. The Griffins play two preseason matches this weekend.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short in Preseason Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings got two goals in the final 7:02 of play on Sunday but it wasn’t enough as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tomas Tatar opened the game’s scoring for Detroit before the Blackhawks rattled off four consecutive goals.

At 7:29 of the first period, Gustav Nyquist won a battle for the puck behind the Chicago net, then sent it out front to Tatar for a quick wrister past goalie Corey Crawford.

Just 1:49 later, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard couldn’t corral an awkward rebound and defenseman Brendan Smith opted to skate with the puck rather than shoot it clear. Chicago’s Byron Froese poked it away from Smith and swatted a shot past Howard to tie things up.

The Blackhawks took the lead with 2:54 remaining in the first. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko mishandled the puck along the left wing boards in the Detroit zone and gave it away to Joakim Nordstrom, who broke in on goal and around Smith, firing a shot that ramped up Smith’s stick and past Howard to make it 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Garret Ross capitalized on a miscue behind the Detroit net to make it 3-1 at 2:29 of the third. Howard went behind the net to play the puck and Smith came through as well, attempting to send a pass to Henrik Zetterberg in the corner but missing and putting it right on Ross’ stick. Ross flung it on net from the right wing boards and Howard got back into the crease just in time to get a piece of it with his skate and knock it into the net.

Froese’s second of the night would make it 4-1 just 56 seconds later, as he was left open in front of the net to take a feed from Brent Seabrook in the corner and knock the puck past Howard.

Though Howard was scheduled to play all 60 minutes of the tilt, Jared Coreau replaced him in the Detroit net after Chicago’s fourth goal.

Tatar deflected a Nyquist shot from the left faceoff circle past Crawford on a power play with 7:02 remaining to pull Detroit to within two goals.

With 41 seconds left and Coreau on the bench for an extra attacker, Jonathan Ericsson sent a seeing-eye shot from the right point through traffic to make it 4-3.

Crawford would make a toe stop on the goal line in the closing seconds to prevent the Red Wing from tying things on a goalmouth scramble.

Crawford finished the night with 30 saves on 33 shots against. Howard made 16 saves on 20 shots while Coreau stopped all four chances he faced.

Tatar’s second was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had four chances on the power play to Chicago’s three.

Pregame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – 9/22

A night after dropping a 2-0 decision to the Boston Bruins in their preseason home opener, the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit lost to the ‘Hawks in Chicago last Tuesday.

The Wings will be using the following roster:

Forwards
Justin Abdelkader
Pavel Datsyuk
Gustav Nyquist
Riley Sheahan
Joakim Andersson
Tomas Tatar
Cory Emmerton
Landon Ferraro
Louis-Marc Aubry
Mikael Samuelsson
Henrik Zetterberg
Luke Glendening

Defensemen
Brendan Smith
Nathan Paetsch
Alexey Marchenko
Jonathan Ericsson
Adam Almquist
Niklas Kronwall

Goalies
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Game time is 5:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Send 17 to Grand Rapids

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday the assignment of 17 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Forwards Tomas Jurco, Martin Frk, Andrej Nestrasil, Trevor Parkes, Mitch Callahan, Marek Tvrdon, Calle Jarnkrok, David McIntyre and Jeff Hoggan were sent down in preparation for the Griffins’ training camp this week in Grand Rapids. They are joined by defensemen Gleason Fournier, Ryan Sproul, Brennan Evans, Max Nicastro, Xavier Ouellet and Richard Nedomlel. Goalies Tom McCollum and Cam Lanigan will also join the Griffins at camp.

Of the 17, McIntyre, Hoggan, Evans, McCollum and Lanigan were not under contract with Detroit and were in the Red Wings’ camp as invitees. None of the others were expected to compete for a spot with the Red Wings, though Jurco could see time as a call-up in case of injury.

The moves leave Detroit with 38 players remaining on the roster.

Red Wings Rout Bruins in Preseason Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored eight times on Thursday night, getting goals from eight different players en route to a 8-2 preseason victory over the Bruins in Boston.

Boston prospect goalie Malcolm Subban allowed all eight Detroit goals, facing 27 shots on the night. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first two periods before being replaced by Tom McCollum for the third.

Justin Abdelkader opened the game’s scoring on the power play at 5:01 of the first period, kicking a rebound chance from his skate to his stick at the top of the crease and knocking the puck past Subban.

Grand Rapids Griffins forward David McIntyre made it 2-0 with 3:53 remaining in the period when he lifted a backhander into the net in a goal-mouth scramble on a delayed penalty.

Henrik Zetterber’s slapper from the high slot off a feed from the left wing by Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-0 at 3:28 of the second period and Danny DeKeyser made it 4-0 at 9:17 when he snapped a shot past Subban from down low in the right circle.

Jarome Iginla finally got the Bruins on the board with 8:13 left in the middle period. Matt Bartkowski sent the puck from the left wing to the front of the net and Iginla redirected it past Howard with his skate.

Daniel Cleary started Detroit’s four-goal third period on a two-on-one with Tomas Tatar. Cleary grabbed a loose puck in the Detroit zone and carried it the length of the ice down the right wing before cutting to the net and shoveling a backhander past Subban.

Nick Johnson would score the only goal against McCollum with 8:28 remaining, taking a pass in the high slot and faking around Datsyuk to cut to the front of the net and roof a backhander over the goaltender.

Niklas Kronwall would respond with a power play goal just 1:24 later, firing a blast from the blue line that deflected off the stick of Daniel Paille in the slot on its way past Subban.

Only 32 seconds after that, Joakim Andersson golfed the rebound of a Gustav Nyquist shot in behind Subban to make it 7-2.

Datsyuk would round out the scoring with 5:47 remaining, taking a long stretch pass from Zetterberg to break in on Subban all alone and beat him top shelf.


The Red Wings were without forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, who were allowed to rest minor injuries… Earlier in the day Patrick Eaves suffered a leg injury in practice… Jakub Kindl left the game early with a hip flexor… Before the game, forward Teemu Pulkkinen was suspended for four preseason games for boarding in Tuesday’s game in Chicago.