Red Wings Lose Forward Cole for Season

Detroit Red Wings forward Erik Cole will miss the remainder of the regular season and any possible playoff games.

Cole announced that doctors had recommended he shut down for several months at the conclusion of the Red Wings’ optional practice on Wednesday. He revealed that the injury that has kept him out of the lineup for two weeks is a spinal contusion.

“It stems back from my neck injury in 2006,” Cole said. “When I ran into the player in the Arizona game, I bruised my spinal cord. A spinal contusion is something that you have to let heal and obviously, it’s a pretty serious occurrence. Doctors feel I need to look out for my well-being as a person, not just as a hockey player.”

The Red Wings acquired Cole, 36, from the Dallas Stars in advance of the NHL’s trade deadline, hoping that he could help make up for the loss of Johan Franzen to a concussion. He had planned on returning to play before receiving news that not just his season but his career was at risk.

“When you have a contusion like that,” he said, “it will affect your nerves and it can affect your motor function, you can be a bit clumsy even just sending a text message or something like that. Right now, it’s just about being a healthy individual and worrying about my future and being able to play with my kids.”

In eleven games with the Red Wings, Cole compiled three goals and three assists. In 892 career games with Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal, Dallas, and Detroit, he totaled 265 goals and 267 assists for 532 points.

Red Wings Rally for Win over Hurricanes

Two third-period goals lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk scored to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and goalie Jimmy Howard stopped all 16 shots he faced in the final frame.

Nyquist’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle slipped through traffic and between the pads of Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin just 1:56 into the third, tying things up.

With 8:35 left, Henrik Zetterberg drove down the left wing and carried the puck behind the net before sending a pass out to Datsyuk in the slot. Datsyuk kicked the puck onto his stick and snapped a shot past Khudobin while falling down, setting the score at 3-2.

Zetterberg had opened the game’s scoring 1:29 into the second period with a power play goal. Stephen Weiss grabbed a loose puck on the left wing boards and sent it to Zetterberg on the right side. All alone, he drove to the net and lifted a backhander past Khudobin.

The Hurricanes evened things up with 5:52 left in the middle period as Nathan Gerbe snapped a rebound chance past Howard after a Red Wings giveaway in their own end.

Chris Terry made it 2-1 for Carolina, picking up a rebound as the late-man on a rush by the Hurricanes.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots while Khudobin stopped 22 of 25 chances.

Each team had one power play on the night, with Detroit scoring on theirs.

The win put the Red Wings two points away from clinching a playoff spot, which they can do with a win in Montreal on Thursday.

Detroit was without forwards Justin Abdelkader, Erik Cole, and Tomas Jurco… Forward Daniel Cleary and defenseman Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches… Goalie Jonas Gustavsson remained injured… Forward Landon Ferraro made his season debut.

Pregame: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 4/7

The Red Wings close out their regular season home schedule tonight as they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

Detroit can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Carolina combined with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Ottawa Senators in regulation.

Forward Landon Ferraro is expected to make his season debut, replacing Daniel Cleary in the Detroit lineup. Cleary will play if Pavel Datsyuk is unable to go due to injury. Datsyuk did not participate in the team’s morning skate but will play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg if he can go tonight.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Red Wings.

Stupid stat of the day: All-time the Red Wings are winless against Carolina in the month of April.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Call Up Forward Ferraro

With Justin Abdelkader expected to miss the Red Wings’ Tuesday-night matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes and Pavel Datsyuk nursing an ankle injury, Detroit called up forward Landon Ferraro from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday.

Ferraro made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last season, going without a point in a four-game stint.

For the Griffins this year, Ferraro has 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points in 70 games.

Ferraro, 23, was selected by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 32nd overall. He is in his fourth professional season.

The Red Wings also assigned forward Zach Nastasiuk to the Griffins, as his season with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack came to a close.

Red Wings Fall to Capitals, 2-1

With their playoff lives in the balance, the Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Washington Capitals on Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit entered the day in a three-way tie with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins – all with 95 points in the standings – but holding a game in hand.

The Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the game’s scoring just 3:38 in on a power play. Kuznetsov’s shot from the right wing deflected off of Drew Miller and went over goalie Petr Mrazek‘s shoulder.

Mike Green made it 2-0 at 4:42 of the second period with another shot from the right side that deflected and went off Mrazek’s glove before hitting the back of the net.

Darren Helm got Detroit back in it with 7:01 left in the middle frame, tipping a pass from Pavel Datsyuk past Braden Holtby while on the power play.

Even with a furious finish, the Red Wings were unable to pull even.

Holtby finished the night with 35 saves on 36 shots. Mrazek stopped 26 of the 28 chances he faced.

The Red Wings close out their home schedule on Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

Detroit was without forwards Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Jurco, and Erik Cole, all injured… Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch on defense.

Pregame: Capitals @ Red Wings – 4/5

One day after an eight-round shootout win over the Minnesota Wild, the Red Wings are back at it, hosting the Washington Capitals.

The Red Wings sit in a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in the NHL standings, all at 95 points. The Capitals are just two ahead at 97.

Detroit will be without forward Justin Abdelkader, who injured his hand blocking a shot late in the win over Minnesota. Daniel Cleary will take his spot in the lineup.

The only other change for the Red Wings is Petr Mrazek replacing Jimmy Howard in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 3-1 all-time in the regular season against the Washington Capitals at home in April.

Game time is 5:00 PM on FSD.

Howard Stops Six in Shootout as Red Wings Beat Wild

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped six shooters in an eight-round shootout on Saturday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

It was just Howard’s second shootout win of the season. He had made eleven saves in nine previous shootouts, going 1-8.

Howard stopped Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle to open the tiebreaker before Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek scored. He then held off Nino Niederreiter, Chris Stewart, Mikael Granlund, and Justin Fontaine.

Darren Helm scored in the eighth round, beating Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk on a shot that had to be reviewed to confirm that it crossed the goal line. Gustav Nyquist scored in the second round while Riley Sheahan kept the Red Wings alive in the fourth. Dubnyk stopped Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, and Niklas Kronwall.

Parise had opened the game’s scoring with 5:53 left in the first period, tipping a Granlund pass to the front of the net past Howard after a Detroit turnover at their own blue line.

The Red Wings responded just 1:52 later when Sheahan – perched on the edge of Dubnyk’s crease – knocked home the rebound of a Weiss chance.

Nyquist’s low-angle shot over Dubnyk’s shoulder with 2:47 remaining in the second gave the Red Wings their only lead of the night on their first power play, making it 2-1.

Parise replied with a Minnesota power play goal, tipping a Pominville chance past Howard at 6:33 of the third period.

The Wild finished the night one-for-six on the power play while the Red Wings went one-for-two.

Howard made 22 saves on 24 shots against. Dubnyk stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are back at it on Sunday as they host the Washington Capitals.

Detroit was without forwards Erik Cole and Tomas Jurco. Daniel Cleary was a healthy scratch and Johan Franzen remains on injured reserve… Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch on defense while Jonas Gustavsson remained out in goal.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Wild – 4/4

Hey, we’re back. That hiatus DH.N has been on? We’re gonna pretend that’s over and see if we can’t get back to talking about some hockey over here, as the Red Wings visit the Minnesota Wild tonight.

Also back? Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk. Howard gets the start in goal after Petr Mrazek had gotten the nod for a few games. Datsyuk returns from a troublesome ankle to center Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar.

Daniel Cleary will be the healthy scratch up front with Erik Cole and Tomas Jurco still injured (and Johan Franzen on IR with no return in sight). Jakub Kindl is the healthy scratch on defense. Mrazek will back up Howard with Jonas Gustavsson (remember him?) still shelved.

The Wild are playoff-bound, riding the improbably-hot netminding of Devan Dubnyk. The Red Wings chased Dubnyk when the two teams met on January 20 but still needed a shootout to get the win after the Wild scored three third-period goals to force overtime. Three third-period goals against… This sounds familiar…

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 89-83-20 all-time in the regular season in April.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD+.