Pregame: Kings @ Red Wings – 10/31

The Red Wings host the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings tonight.

The Wings remain without Johan Franzen, who’s expected to return from injured reserve on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. There’s a spot on the roster for him as Detroit placed Stephen Weiss on IR today after he was injured in Grand Rapids during his rehab stint with the Griffins on Wednesday.

With Franzen still out, Detroit’s lineup will stay untouched from Wednesday’s 4-2 win in Washington.

Stupid stat of the day: The only team Detroit has ever hosted at Joe Louis Arena on Halloween is the Los Angeles Kings.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

The Case for Video Review

If, for some reason, you ever thought there was no need for video review in the NHL, I submit the goalie interference penalty on Detroit’s Luke Glendening in tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

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There is too much technology available to get a call like this wrong and there is no excuse for an official to make a call that he clearly didn’t see happen because it didn’t happen.

If you’re a particular kind of masochist, we’ve got a collection of odd net-front calls in the DH.N Multimedia Library.

Three-goal Third Lifts Red Wings Over Capitals

Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader scored two third-period goals and star Pavel Datsyuk added a third Wednesday night, as the Red Wings rallied for a 4-2 win over the host Washington Capitals.

With the Red Wings trailing 2-1, Abdelkader knocked the puck off Washington defender Andre Burakovsky’s stick in the slot, then snapped a shot past goalie Braden Holtby, tying things up at 4:04 of the final frame.

Abdelkader would make it 3-2 with 9:26 left in regulation. Datsyuk gained the Capitals’ zone alone and drew four defenders to him, then dropped the puck off to a rushing Abdelkader for a one-timer from the top of the right faceoff circle past Holtby.

Datsyuk would thread a shot through traffic and by Holtby from the right wing in the game’s closing minute, a power play goal.

The Capitals thought they had pulled to within one in the final seconds but the goal was waived off for goalie interference.

Similarly, the Red Wings thought they had opened the game’s scoring early in the first period when they had a goal called back for goalie interference on Luke Glendening. Video review showed, however, that Holtby fell on his own.

The first goal of the game that counted came at 8:56 of the second. Marcus Johansson overskated the puck attempting to clear his own zone and Abdelkader pounced on it, working it on to Gustav Nyquist all alone in front of Holtby. Holtby made the initial save but Nyquist batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net.

With 6:41 remaining in the second the Capitals took advantage of a bad line change by the Red Wings. Holtby sent a long pass to Joel Ward who sprung Evgeny Kuznetsov in all alone to beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and make it 1-1.

Troy Brouwer put the Caps out in front with 58 seconds left in the period, putting a one-timer past Howard from the right faceoff circle off a cross-crease feed from John Carlson just as a power play expired.

Each team scored a goal with the extra attacker on the night. Detroit had four tries with the man-advantage while Washington had six.

Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots against. Holtby stopped 18 of the 22 chances he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

Johan Franzen remained on injured reserve for the Red Wings… Detroit’s healthy scratches were Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary, and Stephen Weiss. Weiss is currently assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint and appeared to injure his groin in a 2-1 loss to the Rockford Ice Hogs.

Red Wings Send Weiss to Griffins on Conditioning Stint

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday the assignment of forward Stephen Weiss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint.

Weiss has played in just one game this season. He made 26 appearances for Detroit during the 2013-14 campaign, his first with the club, before hernia surgery ended his season early.

The former Plymouth Whaler, 31, was Florida’s fourth-overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Red Wings as a free agent during the summer of 2013.

Weiss joins a Griffins club one game into a four-game homestand. Grand Rapids hosts the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday, then the Chicago Wolves on Friday and the following Wednesday.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Flyers – 10/25

I wasn’t able to focus on much of the Red Wings’ 4-2 loss in Philadelphia last night due to hosting a Halloween party. I had it on in the background and the one thing that kept popping into my head was that it felt like every mistake Detroit made ended up behind Jonas Gustavsson. I don’t know if the stats back that up, I’m not going to go back and look, but it was the feeling I got.

The other obvious stuff…

Had to know the penalty kill streak would end but with the power play so awful, it was nice to at least have a perfect PK to balance it out.

Now that the PK isn’t perfect, can we please get a frikkin’ PPG? Or any goals? The Wings have scored more than two goals precisely once twice this season, once against the Maple Leafs and once in their ridiculous comeback against Pittsburgh.

They’re off until Wednesday now so that’s time to work on some of this.

Red Wings Rally Past Penguins in Overtime

The Detroit Red Wings score two goals in the final three minutes of regulation and added another late in overtime to rally for a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night.

Down 3-1 with 2:39 remaining in the third period, Henrik Zetterberg scored to give Detroit life. With Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard on the bench for an extra skater, Danny DeKeyser sent a pass through the neutral zone to Zetterberg at the blue line. Zetterberg jumped between the Pittsburgh defenders and into the slot to snap a shot past goalie Thomas Greiss.

It looked like the game would be over just minutes later, as the Penguins gained control of the puck in Detroit’s end with Howard back on the bench, but DeKeyser blocked a shot at the empty net and the Wings turned it the other way.

With 39 seconds left, Zetterberg fed Pavel Datsyuk all alone in front of Greiss. Datsyuk attempted to fake out the Pittsburgh goalie but, finding nowhere to go, threw a pass back to an open Niklas Kronwall, who fired a shot back past Greiss to tie things up with his second goal of the night.

Justin Abdelkader would give Detroit the win with 44 seconds left in the overtime period. Abdelkader carried the puck into the Pittsburgh zone along the right wing and sent a pass across to defenseman Brendan Smith for a shot on Greiss. Greiss knocked it aside and the Penguins recovered but Zetterberg was able to tip Paul Martin’s clearing attempt right to Abdelkader in the slot to whack past Greiss.

Pascal Dupuis had opened the game’s scoring at 5:12 of the first period, snapping a shot past Howard on a two-on-one with Blake Comeau.

Olli Maatta made it 2-0 with 8:54 left in the first, picking up the rebound of his own shot from the high slot and cutting in from the left wing corner to squeak a backhander through Howard.

With 5:00 left in the period, Kronwall got Detroit on the board, stepping around Patric Hornqvist in the high slot to snap a shot past Greiss.

Chris Kunitz made it 3-1 for Pittsburgh at 8:29 of the second period, rifling a shot from the right faceoff circle over Howard’s shoulder.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 26 shots while Greiss stopped 27 of 31 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Each had three tries with the extra attacker.

Pregame: Penguins @ Red Wings – 10/23

Coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Detroit’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” game.

As part of the event, goalie Jimmy Howard will wear a pink-accented mask.

The Penguins are coming off a 5-3 loss last night to the cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers, in which they also debuted a unique piece of game-wear – their new throwback alternate jerseys.

The Red Wings will be rolling the same lineup as they used in Montreal, with only Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco swapped on the power play units.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 21-9-6 all-time in the regular season against the Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

Game time is 7:30 on FSD.

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