Red Wings Make Blueline Roster Moves

The Detroit Red Wings announced three roster moves at defense on Friday.

Blueliner Alexey Marchenko has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. In 42 games with Grand Rapids this season he has two goals and 15 asssists for 17 points. He made his NHL debut with Detroit last season, taking two penalty minutes.

To make room for Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet was returned to the Griffins. Ouellet appeared in 21 games for the Red Wings this season, scoring two goals an adding an assist as an injury call-up.

The swap is intended to give the Red Wings an opportunity to see what Marchenko can do at the NHL level.

“X played really good the last couple of games, but we made this decision a while ago because we wanted to have a look at Marchy and see what he could bring,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said.

Additionally, the Red Wings placed defenseman Brian Lashoff on waivers. Lashoff has been the team’s seventh defenseman even when Ouellet has been in the lineup, appearing in only eleven games thus far this season.

Lashoff’s waiving could be a precursor to goalie Jonas Gustavsson returning from injury. Gustavsson is expected to begin a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids as early as Saturday and the team would need to clear a roster spot to bring him off Injured Reserve.

Red Wings Survive Late Florida Push for Sixth-Straight Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late comeback attempt by the Panthers on Tuesday night, claiming their sixth consecutive victory in a 5-4 decision over Florida.

Brad Boyes scored with 9:06 remaining in regulation to pull the Panthers to within a goal. After the Red Wings failed to clear their zone, Alexsander Barkov drove back towards the net before passing off to Boyes all alone in the slot for a shot past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings would survive a Panthers’ power play in the final minutes, during which they pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker.

Drew Miller opened the game’s scoring at 8:06 of the first period, beating Florida’s Roberto Luongo between the pads on a shorthanded break.

Barkov would tie things up just 1:02 later while skating five-on-three. Barkov was wide open at the back door to take a crossing feed from Nick Bjugstad and beat Mrazek to make it 1-1.

Before the second penalty was out, the Panthers would score again. Brandon Pirri’s shot from the left faceoff circle just slipped past Mrazek and across the goal line, with defenseman Danny DeKeyser clearing it away a fraction of a second too late, giving Florida a 2-1 lead with 9:44 left in the period.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 32 seconds into the middle frame, taking a feed from behind the net all alone in the slot and putting it back past Luongo.

Luke Glendening put the Red Wings back in front at 7:07 of the period, lifting the rebound of a Stephen Weiss chance past Luongo during a scramble around the net.

Weiss would add a goal of his own against his former team just 1:19 later, tapping the puck past Luongo of a centering feed from Riley Sheahan.

Glendening scored again with 8:41 left when Weiss’ attempted shot on a rush was blocked right to Glendening to snap a chance past Luongo from in close for a 5-2 lead. Luongo would be replaced in goal by Al Montoya shortly afterwards.

Bjugstad made it 5-3 with 4:30 left in the second on Florida’s third power play goal, lifting the rebound of an Aaron Ekblad shot over Mrazek’s shoulder.

Mrazek finished the night with 37 saves on 41 shots against. Luongo stopped 12 of 17 shots before Montoya came in and was perfect on ten shots faced.

Florida went three-for-five on the power play while Detroit failed to score on their lone chance with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings continue their post-All-Star break road trip in Tampa Bay on Thursday.


With their win and Tampa Bay’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Red Wings move into the top spot in the Atlantic Division… Daniel Cleary appeared in just his twelfth game of the season, replacing Teemu Pulkkinen in the lineup. Pulkkinen had been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins so he could appear in the AHL All-Star Game… Tomas Jurco (back) and Jakub Kindl (wrist) remained out due to injury while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch.

Red Wings to Visit Avalanche Outdoors in 2016

The National Hockey League announced on Saturday that the Detroit Red Wings will visit the Colorado Avalanche in one of two Stadium Series games to be played in the 2016 season.

The Detroit-Colorado matchup will be at Denver’s Coors Field on February 27, 2016. One week earlier, the Minnesota Wild will host the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The game will be the Red Wings’ third outdoor event. In 2009 they were the visitors as the Blackhawks hosted the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. Detroit was the home team when Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium hosted the Winter Classic in 2014.

The Avalanche have yet to be involved in one of the league’s slate of outdoor games.

The league also announced that the 2016 Winter Classic will be hosted by the Boston Bruins at Gilette Stadium. It will be Boston’s second time hosting the Winter Classic.

Red Wings Win in Shootout After Wild Comeback

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek stopped both shots he faced and the Red Wings got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist as they earned a 5-4 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

The tiebreaker was necessary after Minnesota scored three times in the third period to erase Detroit’s 4-1 lead entering the final frame.

Zach Parise‘s power play goal at 6:01 of the third period gave the Wild life. Jason Pominville sent the rebound of a Thomas Vanek chance to Parise all alone in the slot for a shot into the open side of the net to make it 4-2.

Vanek would add one of his own one second past the period’s midway point, driving through the slot to lift a backhander past Mrazek, pulling Minnesota to within a goal.

Parise struck again with 6:39 left to tie things up. Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson waited for several seconds to set up a play behind the net and then promptly turned it over to Parise all alone in front of Mrazek. As Ericsson dove to try to get in the way, Mrazek stopped the first chance but Parise knocked in his own rebound.

Parise would end up being Minnesota’s first shooter in the shootout but fired high. Datsyuk lifted a backhander past goalie Darcy Kuemper to score on his chance before Mrazek stopped Mikko Koivu and Nyquist slid a shot between Kuemper’s pads for the win.

Teemu Pulkkinen‘s first career NHL goal opened the game’s scoring at 9:09 of the first period. On a three-on-two, Stephen Weiss fed Pulkkinen for a one-timer from the slot that he blew past Minnesota starter Devan Dubnyk.

Koivu snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle past Mrazek with 6:38 left in the first – just seven seconds into a power play – to tie things back up.

Ericsson restored the Detroit lead 1:08 later with a blast from the point through a screen by Justin Abdelkader.

Nyquist tipped a Niklas Kronwall shot past Dubnyk for a power play goal to make it 3-1 at 3:41 of the second period.

Xavier Ouellet made it 4-1 at 7:25, stepping up into the high slot for a shot that deflected off Justin Fontaine and past Dubnyk, ending the netminder’s night.

Mrazek finished the night with 34 saves on 38 shots. Dubnyk stopped six of ten chances while Kuemper was a perfect 14-for-14 until the shootout.

Detroit scored on one of their two power play chances while Minnesota went two-for-five with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are now off until next Tuesday for the All-Star break.


After the game, Pulkkinen was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins so he can take part in the AHL All-Star Game. Ouellet, who was also selected as an AHL All-Star, will remain in Detroit to rest a sore wrist.

Pregame: Wild @ Red Wings – 1/20

It’s the Red Wings’ final game before the All-Star break and they’re hosting the Minnesota Wild.

Barring injuries, it’ll be a true break for the Red Wings, as with Jimmy Howard hurt, they currently have no players slated to head to Columbus for the All-Star activities.

Detroit is coming off a wild comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday for their fourth consecutive win. Goalie Petr Mrazek, who was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots, will look to bounce back as he gets the start again tonight.

No lineup changes are expected for the Wings but between the Buffalo game and practices since, the line blender is in full effect.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 17-15-8 all-time in their last game before the All-Star Game.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Zetterberg Scores Three as Red Wings Rally Past Sabres

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg scored a third-period hat trick on Sunday night, capping the Red Wings’ come-from-behind win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Zetterberg’s first came just 1:59 into the final frame and the game already tied 3-3. Pavel Datsyuk‘s shot from the high slot made it through traffic to Buffalo netminder Jhonas Enroth, who made a pad stop. Zetterberg was on the doorstep, however, and he grabbed the rebound and backhanded a shot into the back of the net to give the Red Wings their first lead.

At 5:05 of the period, Zetterberg took a feed from Gustav Nyquist and snapped a shot past Enroth from the front of the net for a power play goal and a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Ennis scored his second of the night 3:26 later to pull the Sabres back to within a goal. Off a faceoff win in the left circle, Ennis gathered up the puck and spun to throw a shot on net, with the puck just trickling between the pads of Detroit goalie Tom McCollum.

Zetterberg rounded out the game’s scoring with 8:01 left, snapping a shot from the left circle on Enroth that found it’s way through and in.

Three first period goals by Buffalo had given the Sabres an early lead and chased Detroit starter Petr Mrazek from the crease.

At 1:46 of the period, Drew Stafford fired a shot from the inside edge of the right circle to beat Mrazek. A turnover in the opposite corner behind the Detroit net got the puck to Cody Hodgson, who sent a centering pass to Stafford for the shot.

Ennis’ first goal of the game made it 2-0 with 9:39 left. Ennis threw a shot from low on the right wing towards the goal and it deflected off of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, beating Mrazek as Matt Moulson crashed the net.

Chris Stewart’s power play goal 3:18 later gave Buffalo the three-goal lead. Stewart deflected Ennis’ shot from the top of the left circle while positioned in front of the net.

McCollum would take over for Mrazek at that point.

Nyquist would score on the power play just 1:00 into the second to start Detroit’s comeback. Zetterberg’s high shot from the top of the left circle deflected off Tyson Strachan‘s head and came to Nyquist in the slot. Enroth stopped Nyquist’s first chance but he batted the rebound out of mid-air and into the net to make it 3-1.

Drew Miller‘s spinning shot from the inside edge of the left circle made it 3-2 3:07 later.

Tomas Tatar would complete the comeback eight seconds past the game’s midway point. After losing the puck in the slot, Tatar snatched it back and whipped a quick shot past Enroth for a 3-3 tie.

The Sabres finished the night one-for-three on the power play while the Red Wings went two-for-four.

McCollum stopped seven of the eight shots he faced to earn his first-ever National Hockey League win. Mrazek made four saves on seven shots before getting pulled, while Enroth stopped 20 of 26 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings are next in action on Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Wild in their last game before the All-Star break.