DeKeyser Goes on LTIR, Red Wings to Call Up Nyquist

With defenseman Danny DeKeyser having been placed on long-term injured reserve, the Detroit Red Wings announced that they will call up forward Gustav Nyquist for Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

DeKeyser was injured early in the first period against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, suffering a separated shoulder from a hit into the end boards by Patric Hornqvist. He is expected to miss three to six weeks.

Long-term injured reserve allows for salary cap relief when a player is called up to replace the injured player. As such, the Red Wings now have enough cap space to bring Nyquist up from the Grand Rapids Griffins. After 15 games, Nyquist is the AHL’s fifth-leading scorer but the Red Wings have been unable to call him up as they haven’t been able to fit him under the cap.

Nyquist was a cap casualty out of training camp, sent to the Griffins because he wouldn’t have to clear waivers. He can play only one more game for Detroit before he would have to clear waivers to be sent back to the Griffins.

To maximize the cap space created by DeKeyser going on long-term injured reserve, the Red Wings called up Trevor Parkes from the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday. He’ll swap places with Nyquist after the Griffins’ Wednesday-night game against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Pregame: Predators @ Red Wings – 11/19

The Red Wings go for their fourth consecutive shootout loss tonight as they host the Nashville Predators.

Wait, that’s not the narrative? How about their sixth consecutive overtime or shootout loss? Seventh consecutive loss? Eighth consecutive home loss? Seventh consecutive home overtime or shootout loss?

Yeah, things haven’t been good lately.

With Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss still out, the Wings will roll eleven forwards and seven defensemen as Brendan Smith returns from injury. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are unbeaten against Nashville at home in November on days with double digits.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD+.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Islanders – 11/16

No game recap from me tonight, I’m tired of talking about shootout losses. A couple quick notes though:

1 – Detroit’s second line is finally scoring. Funny, since it’s not the second line they started the season with. Both Weiss and Alfredsson are out and suddenly Franzen is playing well. Have to wonder if it’s just that he woke up or if there’s a chemistry issue.

2 – Glendening has been solid in all of his call-ups but I’m very curious as to why a center got the nod when a winger was hurt. What’s it going to take for Tomas Jurco to get a look at the NHL level?

3 – The Red Wings didn’t deserve to win this one. Would have been absolute robbery to have gotten two points.

4 – As I Tweeted, the Wings have one shootout goal on twelve shots this season. That’s the worst shootout shooting percentage of teams that have at least one goal.

5 – I’m not disappointed that there’s a couple days until the next game.

Franzen Scores Twice but Red Wings Fall to Capitals in Shootout

Johan Franzen scored twice and added an assist on Friday night but it wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings, who dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Washington Capitals.

It was Detroit’s fifth loss in a row and their seventh consecutive home loss. Their last five home losses have come in overtime or the shootout.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the tiebreaker to give the Capitals the victory. Washington goalie Braden Holtby stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi while Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped Mikhail Grabovski and Alex Ovechkin before Backstrom won it.

The Red Wings had carried a 3-1 lead into the third period but couldn’t hold on.

Just 3:19 into the period, Ovechkin snapped a shot from low in the right faceoff circle between the legs of defender Niklas Kronwall and past Howard to make it 3-2.

Michael Latta tied things up with 8:06 remaining when Howard got spun around after coming out to stop a John Carlson chance. The puck came to Latta on the far side of the crease and he shoveled a backhander into the vacated net.

Before they closed out the scoring, the Capitals opened it at 5:50 of the first when Brooks Laich swatted his own rebound past Howard on a partial breakaway after a Detroit turnover in the neutral zone.

Franzen would get the Red Wings on the board with 4:08 remaining in the period. On a power play, Franzen carried the puck along the left wing boards and cut into the faceoff circle, snapping a shot off the post and into the top corner through a screen by Tomas Tatar to make it 1-1.

Before the period was out it would be 2-1, as Franzen took a crossing feed from Tatar to put a shot off Holtby’s pad and into the back of the net from the bottom of the right circle with 1:50 remaining.

With 18 seconds remaining in the second period, Danny DeKeyser would give Detroit their 3-1 lead. Franzen fed DeKeyser in the left circle for a shot into the open side of the net on a Red Wings’ power play.

Detroit finished the night with two goals on five power play tries. Washington was scoreless on for attempts with the extra attacker.

Howard made 30 saves on 33 shots while Holtby stopped 34 of 37 chances.

The Red Wings are right back at it on Saturday when they visit the New York Islanders.


The game marked the return from injury of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson… To make room for Ericsson under the salary cap, Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening were sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins, joining Jordin Tootoo and Xavier Ouellet, who were sent down on Thursday… Daniel Alfredsson missed the game with a groin injury, causing the Red Wings to play with only 17 skaters.

Pregame: Capitals @ Red Wings – 11/15

With three-straight extra-time losses behind them, the Red Wings look to snap their slump tonight as they host the Washington Capitals.

Detroit will get Jonathan Ericsson back on their blue line. He returns from long-term injured reserve with cap space created by the assignment of Patrick Eaves, Jordin Tootoo, Luke Glendening and Xavier Ouellet to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Wings.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Eaves, Glendening Sent to Griffins as Ericsson Returns

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday that forwards Patrick Eaves and Luke Glendening had been sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, clearing enough salary cap space for defenseman Jonathan Ericsson‘s return from long-term injured reserve.

Eaves had been placed on waivers on Thursday, going unclaimed before clearing at noon on Friday.

The pair of forwards join right wing Jordin Tootoo and defenseman Xavier Ouellet, who were sent to the Griffins on Thursday. Tootoo had cleared waivers on November 7th.

With Tootoo and Eaves in the AHL, only $1.05 million of their total $3.1 million in salary counts against Detroit’s salary cap. The team now has less than $500,000 in cap space with no players remaining on long-term injured reserve. Forward Stephen Weiss (groin) remains on short-term injured reserve, which carries no cap relief.

Datsyuk Scores Twice but Red Wings Fall to Jets in Shootout

Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk scored two power play goals but it wasn’t enough for the Red Wings, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout.

With the loss, the Red Wings’ home losing streak reached six games. It’s their longest such streak since the 1996-97 season. They haven’t won an overtime game at Joe Louis Arena in ten tries.

Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd both scored in the tiebreaker for Winnipeg. Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit but both Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi were stopped.

Winnipeg opened the game’s scoring at 7:10 of the first period when Bryan Little was left wide open on the left wing on a three-on-two rush, taking a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler and snapping a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Datsyuk would even things back up with 5:16 remaining in the period. On the man-advantage, Henrik Zetterberg got the puck in the right faceoff circle and sent it across to Datsyuk low in the left circle for a quick wrister over Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. tying things up at 1-1.

After a scoreless second period, Winnipeg regained the lead on a broken play at the 10:47 mark of the third. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey lost his stick on the initial rush into the Detroit zone and by the time he got it back, Zach Bogosian had gotten the puck all alone in the slot. Bogosian faked around the scrambling Quincey and flung a shot in behind Howard, who had come far out of the net to cut down the shooting angle.

Datsyuk would tie things again just 2:24 later. A single second after the expiration of a Detroit five-on-three, Datsyuk scooped up the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance at the side of the net and tucked it in around Pavelec’s outstretched pad to make it 2-2.

Pavelec finished the night with 41 saves on 43 Detroit chances, in addition to the stops on Datsyuk and Bertuzzi in the shootout. Howard made 19 saves on 21 shots without making a stop in the tiebreaker.

Winnipeg did not score on any of their three power plays while Detroit went two-for-four with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings look to snap their home losing streak on Friday when they host the Washington Capitals.


Franzen returned from injury to play in Tuesday’s game. Stephen Weiss (groin) replaced him on short-term injured reserve to make room on the roster… Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith remained out. Both are expected to return on Friday… Daniel Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches.

Pregame: Jets @ Red Wings – 11/12

Without a home win since October 15, the Red Wings look to get back on track tonight as they host a Winnipeg Jets team that beat them 4-2 a week ago in Manitoba.

Detroit will have Johan Franzen back in the lineup as he returns from the un-named mystery injury that kept him out since late October. He’ll skate on the second line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson.

To make room for Franzen’s return, Daniel Cleary will be a healthy scratch. He joins Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves out of the lineup.

Jimmy Howard gets the start opposite Ondrej Pavelec.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings haven’t lost at home on November 12 since 1983.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Fall to Lighting in Second Consecutive OT Loss

For the second-straight game, the Detroit Red Wings fell in overtime, dropping a 3-2 decision in the extra frame to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

They had previously lost in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

With 1:19 remaining, Richard Panik stole the puck from Kyle Quincey behind the Detroit goal and sent a pass out to Teddy Purcell all alone in the slot for a quick snap past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard into the top of the net.

The goal gave the Lighting just their second-ever win at Joe Louis Arena, their first since 1994.

Henrik Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring just 3:51 into the game. Pavel Datsyuk pressured Steven Stamkos in the left wing corner and Stamkos threw the puck out into the slot, where Zetterberg picked it off and whipped a shot past Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop.

The Lighting would tie things back up midway through the period, as Ryan Malone was left untouched on a wraparound chance off a feed from Matthew Carle. Howard stretched to stop Malone’s first attempt but Malone got the rebound and lifted it over the prone goalie at 10:11.

Immediately after killing off a long series of Detroit power plays, the Lightning would take the lead with 7:10 left in the second period. Stamkos was left alone as the Red Wings attempted to clear their zone but Victor Hedman stepped up to hold the puck in and sent it to Stamkos, who rifled a shot past Howard to make it 2-1.

Zetterberg’s second of the night evened things back up with 4:12 remaining in regulation. Danny DeKeyser dumped the puck in from the neutral zone and it wrapped around the boards. On the right wing Datsyuk let it go back to Zetterberg, who stepped up to the faceoff dot and fired a slapper off the stick of former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula and past Bishop.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Red Wings having four chances with the extra attacker and Tampa Bay having three.

Howard finished with 31 saves on 34 shots against while Bishop stopped 25 of 27.


The Red Wings were without Stephen Weiss, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith due to injury. Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches… Xavier Ouellet and Luke Glendening were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins for the game, with Adam Almquist being sent back to Grand Rapids.