Red Wings’ 2021-22 Schedule Released

The National Hockey League released its schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday, including that of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings will open their campaign hosting the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning on October 14, 2021, and will close it out with a visit to the New Jersey Devils on April 29, 2022.

There will be a handful of firsts for the Wings spread throughout the season.

Their first matchup against the expansion Seattle Kraken will take place at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on December 1.  Their first visit to the New York Islanders’ new UBS Arena will be later that month, on December 29.  Their first game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle will be on March 19.

New Red Wing Nick Leddy will face his former Islander teammates for the first time on December 4 in Detroit.  Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic will oppose his former Carolina Hurricanes teammates on December 16.

Detroit’s annual New Year’s Eve game returns to the schedule as the Red Wings host the Washington Capitals and Anthony Mantha.

There will be only two home-and-home series on the schedule, with the Red Wings facing the Buffalo Sabres on January 15 and January 17 and the Ottawa Senators on April 1 and April 3.

Detroit plays on back-to-back days 14 times throughout the season, with each one of them involving travel between the games.

Red Wings Announce 2021 Exhibition Schedule

The Detroit Red Wings announced their 2021 preseason exhibition schedule on Monday.

The eight-game slate includes home and away games against the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Detroit’s slate of opponents had remained relatively stable throughout the 2010s after the Boston Bruins replaced the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011.  This marks the second major switch-up in as many preseasons, however.  The New York Islanders replaced the Bruins in 2019 and, with no preseason games played in 2020, now the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs have been swapped out for the Sabres and Blue Jackets.

The full exhibition schedule is as follows:

Date Opponent Venue Time
September 29, 2021 Chicago Blackhawks United Center 8:30 PM
September 30, 2021 Buffalo Sabres Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
October 2, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets Little Caesars Arena 7:00 PM
October 3, 2021 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena 1:00 PM
October 4, 2021 Chicago Blackhawks Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
October 6, 2021 Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 7:00 PM
October 7, 2021 Pittsburgh Penguins Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
October 9, 2021 Buffalo Sabres Key Bank Center 3:00 PM

The 2021-22 regular season schedule is expected to be announced on Thursday.

Wings to Pick Sixth after Draft Lottery

The Detroit Red Wings will pick sixth overall for the third time in the last four NHL Entry Drafts.

The Wings neither dropped down nor moved up as the league conducted its annual Draft Lottery on Wednesday.  They slotted into the sixth spot by virtue of their fifth-to-last place finish in the league’s standings, having been bumped down one more spot by the expansion Seattle Kraken.

In the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Detroit selected Filip Zadina at sixth overall.  One year later, they picked Moritz Seider at that spot.

Detroit will also have a second selection in the opening round, owning the Washington Capitals’ pick via the Anthony Mantha trade.  That pick will be either 23rd or 24th overall.  If the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricans in their Division Final playoff series, the pick will be 23rd, otherwise it will be 24th.

Red Wings Add Forward Timashov via Waivers

With the NHL’s trade deadline approaching the Detroit Red Wings made a roster addition without giving a player up in claiming Dmytro Timashov via waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The move comes after the Red Wings claimed defenseman Cody Goloubef from Ottawa via waivers on Friday.

Timashov had reportedly requested a trade from Toronto, where he was averaging 8:06 of playing time per game.

In 39 games played with the Leafs, he had four goals and five assists for nine points with a 11.8% shooting percentage.  He scored 49 points for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies last season.

 

Red Wings Shuffle Roster as Injuries Mount

The Detroit Red Wings announced an octet of roster moves on Monday night in the wake of a series of injuries.

Defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley as well as forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Frans Nielsen were all placed on injured reserve.  Neither Ericsson nor Athanasiou played in either of the games in the season’s opening weekend.  Nielsen and Daley were both injured in the Red Wings’ home opener on Sunday.

None of the injured players were placed on long-term injured reserve, meaning there is no required amount of time that they must stay on the shelf before returning to the lineup.

To fill their roster spots, defensemen Alex Biega and Oliwer Kaski and forwards Ryan Kuffner and Evgeny Svechnikov were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Biega had previously been acquired in a Sunday-night trade with the Vancouver Canucks for forward David Pope.

All four call-ups will be available as the Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Red Wings Defenseman Kronwall Retires

Longtime Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Via a video posted to the Red Wings’ social media accounts, Kronwall stated, “They say every journey has to come to an end.  Well, my journey as a player for the Detroit Red Wings ends here.”

Drafted by Detroit in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Kronwall spent his entire 953-game career with the Red Wings.  He specifically called attention to that in his announcement, thanking the Red Wings’ organization “for believing in me and giving me a chance to stay with the same organization throughout my whole career.  That’s something I always put a big price tag on and I can’t in words express how grateful I am for giving me that opportunity to keep myself and my family around.”

Reportedly the Columbus Blue Jackets had inquired into acquiring Kronwall as a trade deadline rental last season but then-Detroit General Manager Ken Holland didn’t even ask Kronwall if he would be interested, allowing him to close out his career with the team that drafted him.

Kronwall will move into a position in the team’s front office, as Advisor to the General Manager.

Red Wings Add Forward Erne in Trade with Tampa

The Detroit Red Wings announced the acquisition of forward Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, in return for a fourth-round draft pick in 2020.

Erne, 24, was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  Current Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman was Tampa Bay’s GM for that draft.

In 114 NHL games, Erne has scored 13 goals and added 14 assists.  Seven of those goals and 13 of the assists came in 65 games played during the 2018-19 campaign.

Erne is currently an unsigned restricted free agent, though it’s unlikely that the Red Wings would have made this trade if a signing isn’t soon to follow.

The Red Wings did not have any extra fourth round picks in 2020 but they do have Washington’s second round pick and San Jose’s third-round pick.  They now own eight total selections in that draft.

Red Wings Release 2019-20 Schedule

The Detroit Red Wings announced their schedule for the 2019-20 season on Tuesday, just a week after revealing their preseason slate of games.

Detroit will open on October 5, visiting the Nashville Predators.

The Red Wings’ home opener is the next night as they host the Dallas Stars.

Detroit’s annual New Year’s Eve game will feature the San Jose Sharks while the Red Wings will close the season on April 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The first matchup of the season against the Lighting, Detroit GM Steve Yzerman‘s former team, will be on December 29 in Tampa.  The Red Wings will meet former GM Ken Holland‘s Edmonton Oilers for the first time on October 18 in Edmonton.

Both of the Red Wings’ visits to the New York Islanders will be at NYCB Live – the former Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – rather than Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Detroit will play on back-to-back nights 14 times, with travel between the games for 13 of those sets.

There are two home-and-home series on the schedule, against Winnipeg in December and against the Rangers at the end of Feburary/start of March.

Red Wings Reveal 2019 Exhibition Schedule

The Detroit Red Wings announced their preseason schedule for the 2019 campaign on Tuesday.

Some of Detroit’s traditional exhibition matchups have been shaken up.  While they will still play at home and on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs, their series with the Boston Bruins has been replaced by one with the New York Islanders.  Additionally, the Red Wings will host the St. Louis Blues in Calumet, MI, for the Kraft Hockeyville USA game.

It marks the first time the Red Wings have changed up their preseason opponents since 2011, when the Bruins replaced the Philadelphia Flyers on the schedule.  The Washington Capitals were to play against Detroit in the 2012 slate of games that was cancelled by that season’s NHL lockout.

The full exhibition schedule is as follows:

Date Opponent Venue Time
September 17, 2017 Chicago Blackhawks Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
September 18, 2017 Chicago Blackhawks United Center 8:30 PM
September 20, 2017 New York Islanders Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
September 22, 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Little Caesars Arena 5:00 PM
September 23, 2017 New York Islanders NYCB Live 8:30 PM
September 25, 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins PPG Paints Arena 7:00 PM
September 26, 2017 St. Louis Blues Calumet Colosseum 7:00 PM
September 27, 2017 Toronto Maple Leafs Little Caesars Arena 7:30 PM
September 28, 2017 Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Arena 7:00 PM

Red Wings Deal Jensen to Caps for Bowey, Second-Round Pick

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger via Twitter, the Red Wings have traded defenseman Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals along with a fifth-round pick for defenseman Madison Bowey and a second-round pick.

I admit that I don’t know much about Bowey, aside from him being a 23-year-old defenseman.  His million-dollar salary cap hit comes in higher than Jensen’s but the Wings have the room to make that work.

I like that Ken Holland was able to get a player who has some NHL experience but it still younger and might have some upside.  That said, another defenseman coming back the other way for Jensen doesn’t help the blueline logjam in Detroit.

It’s possible that Bowey is just a body coming back to clear a roster spot for Washington.  His salary can almost be buried in Grand Rapids.  That, to me, is less than ideal as the organizational logjam already extends to the Griffins.  His deal is a one-way deal, though, so that doesn’t seem likely.

That said, the second-round pick in 2020 is worth it, to me.  I like that Holland got the second rounder and I like that he pushed it out to 2020.  Already having ten picks in 2019 (though one of their three fifth rounders heads to Washington in this deal), I’d rather see the Wings stock up for the next draft out.  Especially if it was the choice between a higher pick in 2020 than in 2019 (which I have no evidence of it being, it’s just been suggested in the past.).

However Bowey plays out, I like the deal.  The Wings get younger and get a decent pick.