Red Wings Fall to Lightning in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings dropped to 0-3 on the year in the shootout on Sunday night, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 4-3 score.

Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan scored in the first round of the shootout, the only goal of the tiebreaker and good enough to give the Lightning the win. Callahan drew Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to the right and reached around to tuck the puck past Howard’s left side and into the net.

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm all failed to score for Detroit while Matthew Carle couldn’t score for Tampa Bay.

Johan Franzen opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings at 6:14 of the first period. On the faceoff to start a Detroit power play, Henrik Zetterberg won the puck back and Gustav Nyquist jumped in to control it, sending it on to Niklas Kronwall who quickly moved it across the ice to Franzen for a one-timer past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

Steven Stamkos replied for Tampa Bay with 7:07 left in the period, rifling a shot from the high slot past Howard on a power play.

Stamkos did it again just 2:19 into the second period, taking a long pass from Ryan Callahan at the Detroit blue line, then letting Brendan Smith skate past him before snapping a shot past Howard. The goal was initially waved off as the puck bounced out of the net so quickly but video review confirmed that it should count.

Tyler Johnson made it 3-1 in favor of the Lightning at 6:02 of the middle frame, moving all alone into the left faceoff circle to take a feed from Ondrej Palat and fire a shot past Howard.

With 8:23 left in the period, Helm pulled Detroit to back within a goal, blasting a shot from the left wing past Bishop on a power play.

Nyquist scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season to even things up at 8:49 of the third period. Gaining the Tampa Bay zone on the right wing, Nyquist skated around two Lightning defenders as he cut to the top of the opposite faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Bishop to make it 3-3.

Bishop finished the night with 17 saves on 20 Detroit shots. Howard stopped 27 of the 30 chances he faced.

Detroit went two-for-four on the power play while the Lightning went one-for-five.

The Red Wings are now off until they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Detroit remained without forward Pavel Datsyuk, nursing a groin injury… Kyle Quincey returned to the lineup, having recovered from an ankle injury. Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch to make room for him… Tomas Jurco was the lone healthy scratch at forward.

Pregame: Lightning @ Red Wings – 11/9

The Red Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk for a second consecutive game, as his sore groin will keep him from tonight’s matchup between Detroit and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They will get one player back from injury, however, as Kyle Quincey rejoins the blueline, having recovered from his ankle injury. Quincey replaces Brian Lashoff in the lineup. Up front, it appears that Tomas Jurco will remain a healthy scratch while Stephen Weiss remains on injured reserve.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for Detroit.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings lost to the Lighting last November 9th. Every time the Wings have played the same team on consecutive November 9ths, the result of the second game has been different from the first.

Game time is 6:00 PM on FSD+.

Defense Carries Red Wings Past Devils

Three of Detroit’s four goals on Friday came from their defense as the blue line led the Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall all scored for the Red Wings. Johan Franzen had the lone forward goal for the team.

Kindl got Detroit on the board with 1:05 left in the first period. His shot from the blue line deflected off New Jersey defenseman Adam Larsson and past goalie Cory Schneider for a power play goal.

Just 33 seconds later, Smith took a drop from Joakim Andersson and stepped in near the slot to snap a shot past Schneider.

With 8:19 left in the second period and the Red Wings on another power play, Franzen cut through the left faceoff circle, stepped around defender Bryce Salvador, and put a shot in behind Schneider.

Kronwall rounded out the team’s scoring with 2:21 left in the period when his shot wide of the net bounced off the back boards, then off Schneider and into the goal.

Former Red Wing Jordin Tootoo made it 4-2, scoring for the Devils at 2:26 of the final frame, putting the rebound of a Marek Zidlicky shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Steve Bernier had opened the game’s scoring for New Jersey at 3:18 of the first period. Perched at the top of the crease, Bernier picked up the rebound of a Salvador shot and tucked it around Howard.

Howard finished the night with 15 saves on 17 shots against. Schneider stopped 20 of 24 Detroit chances in the first two periods before giving way to Kevin Kincaid in the third period. Kincaid stopped all seven shots he faced.

The Red Wings went two-for-four on the power play. New Jersey was scoreless in three tries with the man-advantage.

Center Pavel Datsyuk was a late scratch for the Red Wings, with Joakim Andersson taking his spot in the lineup… Tomas Jurco was a healthy scratch… Kyle Quincey was also out injured.

Pregame: Devils @ Red Wings – 11/7

Coming off a three-game road trip in which the Red Wings collected two points but were held winless, Detroit hosts the New Jersey Devils tonight.

The game is Military Appreciation Night in Detroit. As such, the pre-game will feature the team wearing camouflage jerseys, a first for the franchise. It was reported by the team that it marks the first time Detroit wears something other than red and white but the Detroit Falcons featured gold in addition to red and white so it’s not entirely true.

The lineup will remain almost unchanged from Wednesday’s loss to the New York Rangers, meaning Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil are in while Tomas Jurco and Joakim Andersson are out. Kyle Quincey remains out on the blue line. Petr Mrazek will back up Jimmy Howard as Jonas Gustavsson is expected to miss two months with a separated shoulder suffered on the final play of the game in New York.

Stupid stat of the day: The New Jersey Devils have gone through two name changes (Kansas City Scouts, Colorado Rockies). The last team the Red Wings beat in regulation on November 7 has also gone through two name changes, as the Arizona Coyotes were formerly the Phoenix Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Senators – 11/4

Coming off a shootout loss to the hapless Buffalo Sabres, the Red Wings look to rebound tonight as they visit the Ottawa Senators.

Detroit will roll the same lineup as they used in Buffalo as Kyle Quincey is not yet ready to return on the blue line. This makes Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil the only healthy scratches.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings franchise was the visitor against the original Ottawa Senators team 16 times. Only nine of those games were played in Ottawa, the remaining seven were actually played at the Detroit Olympia.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Sabres – 11/2

It’s so cliche to say that it shouldn’t have mattered.

The high-powered Red Wings vs. the hapless Sabres. One goal called back in Buffalo’s favor shouldn’t have made a difference, right? Detroit should have put five or six up on these guys, no problem.

That may be true. The Red Wings looked awful on Sunday night. They looked like a team that didn’t deserve to win.

That said, another cliche is “They don’t ask how, just how many.” Just because Detroit was seemingly the better team heading in doesn’t mean they were required to win “better” than Buffalo. All they had to do was score more goals.

And they did score more goals. Except for one thing…

“Number 93 from Detroit had his feet in the crease. No goal.”

The problem with that, though, is that there’s no rule against having your feet in the crease.

It shouldn’t have mattered. Sure. But playing poorly doesn’t mean you should have to play by different rules.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Sabres – 11/2

The Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres tonight, in what has all the makings of a trap game for Detroit.

The Wings are coming off a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, a game in which their power play finally started clicking with two goals by Gustav Nyquist. Additionally, they’re finally “completely” healthy up front, as Johan Franzen returns to the lineup (Stephen Weiss, who has only played in one game this season, is on injured reserve).

The Sabres, meanwhile sit in last place in the Atlantic and second-worst in the league and are winless at home.

It’s a game the Red Wings absolutely should win, but those games have a history of being trouble for them.

In addition to Franzen’s return, Brian Lashoff will make his season debut on defense, as Kyle Quincey is out with an ankle injury. Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil are the healthy scratches up front.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: They sing both the Canadian and American national anthems in Buffalo. Every Detroit loss on November 2 since 1991 has been in a place where they sing O Canada.

Game time is 5:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Score Four in First, Roll Past Kings

The Detroit Red Wings scored four goals in the first period on Friday night, rolling past the Los Angeles Kings with a 5-2 victory.

Gustav Nyquist scored two of those markers, both on the power play.

Nyquist opened the game’s scoring at 5:51, beating Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick from the slot off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg in the right faceoff circle.

Pavel Datsyuk would make it 2-0 at 9:42, stealing the puck from Dwight King and driving back towards the net. Datsyuk’s attempted pass deflected off Kings’ defenseman Jake Muzzin and past Quick.

Nyquist’s second came just 2:02 later. Niklas Kronwall sent a shot wide of the LA net that left Quick scrambling. The puck bounced off the back boards and came out in front with Quick still down and Nyquist jumped on it, knocking it into the net to make it 3-0.

With 4:32 remaining, Tomas Tatar made it 4-0, banging home a shot from the side of the net off a feed from Nyquist behind the goal.

With 9:19 left in the second period, Alec Martinez got the Kings on the board. After Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard thought he’d stopped Martinez’s initial shot, Mike Richards dug the puck free from under Howard and it came out to Martinez again for a backhander past the Red Wings’ netminder.

Tyler Toffoli pulled the Kings to within a pair just 1:48 into the third period while shorthanded. Howard stopped a shot by Trevor Lewis and attempted to keep play alive, passing the puck off to Henrik Zetterberg. The puck bounced and Zetterberg couldn’t handle it, with Toffoli jumping in to take it back. He dumped it out to Robyn Regehr who fired a shot back on Howard and Toffoli was there to pick up the rebound and put it in the back of the net.

The Kings had a chance to cut Detroit’s lead to one 41 seconds later but Howard stopped Dustin Brown on a penalty shot to preserve the lead.

Datsyuk would add an empty-net goal to round out the game’s scoring.

Detroit finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Kings were scoreless on two tries with the man-advantage.

Howard made 28 saves on 30 shots. Quick stopped 30 of 34 chances.

The Red Wings next play on Sunday in Buffalo.

Detroit lost defenseman Kyle Quincey to an ankle injury in the first period… Forward Stephen Weiss was placed on injured reserve before the game after suffering a groin injury while playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday in what was supposed to be the first of two games of a conditioning stint… The Red Wings’ healthy scratches were Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff.