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.

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.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Canadiens – 10/21

The Red Wings continue their string of games against Original Six opponents tonight, visiting the Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit is coming off a shootout loss to the Boston Bruins and then a sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a home-and-home series. At 3-1-1 on the season, they sit three points back of the Canadiens (5-1-0) in the Atlantic.

The big news for the Wings is that forward Pavel Datsyuk will return from a shoulder injury and make his first appearance of the season. He replaces Stephen Weiss in the lineup, who had replaced the injured Johan Franzen for one game. Franzen is now on injured reserve, making room for Datsyuk to come off IR.

Datsyuk will skate on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, with Gustav Nyquist bounced down to the second line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar. Tomas Jurco drops to the third line with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal after a short stint on IR with a minor groin injury.

Carey Price will get the start for Montreal.

Stupid stat of the day: Detroit has never scored a goal against the Canadiens on October 21. Their only previous meeting was a 2-0 Montreal win in 1950, which was also Detroit’s first game on the date.

Game time is 7:30 on FSD.

Postgame: Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)

The word out of the Red Wings dressing room after their 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday was that goalie Jimmy Howard stole the team a point, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree.

As a whole, Detroit’s skaters spent much of the game on their heels, with Howard bailing them out. Howard especially came up huge in the final minutes of regulation, with several key stops to force overtime and get Detroit a point in the standings.

Of course, Howard looked relatively awful in the shootout, but considering he’s the reason the team got there it’s hard to fault him for the failure in the tiebreaker.

Speaking of the gimmick… Is Andrej Nestrasil an AHL shootout specialist and I just don’t know it? I get that with the team down Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Alfredsson they’re missing a lot of their shootout regulars, but I’ve got six guys (Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Johan Franzen, Riley Sheahan, Henrik Zetterberg) that I go with before Nestrasil. First coaching decision I’ve questioned this season.

So far we’ve seen two games the Wings played well enough to win and one they deserved to lose, and they’ve got a 1-1-1 record. Not bad, not great. We’re not going to see the team get blown up for this loss, nor should we. Even if the Jeff Petry rumors are intriguing.

Pregame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 10/15

For the second time in the first three games of the season, the Boston Bruins are back at Joe Louis Arena for a matchup with the Red Wings.

Detroit is coming off a controversial loss to the Anaheim Ducks last Saturday, with Ryan Getzlaf having scored the game winning goal in the closing seconds after hooking Niklas Kronwall to steal the puck from him.

The Bruins are a disappointing 1-3, having lost their last three games after opening the season with a win. They’ll get center David Krejci back from injury tonight, though.

The Red Wings are still without Pavel Datsyuk and will skate with the same lineup they used in their first two games. The big change is that Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader will start the game having swapped spots, a move head coach Mike Babcock has made in-game in the first two games. Nyquist will skate with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen while Abdelkader joins Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for Detroit while Boston will go with Tuukka Rask.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings haven’t beaten an Original Six opponent on October 15 since a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBCSN.

Red Wings Rebound for 2-1 Win over Bruins in Opener

The Boston Bruins scored on their first shot Thursday night but Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard shut the door the rest of the way and the Red Wings rallied for a 2-1 victory in their season opener.

Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored second period goals to provide Detroit’s offense.

Patrice Bergeron opened the game’s scoring with 7:59 remaining in the first period, capitalizing on a turnover by Jonathan Ericsson in the Detroit zone. Bergeron blocked Ericsson’s outlet attempt at the blue line, then cut to the top of the right faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Howard.

At 3:52 of the second period, a goal eventually credited to Justin Abdelkader got the Red Wings on the board. Danny DeKeyser‘s shot from the point careened through traffic, first being deflected by Johan Franzen and then bouncing off Abdelkader before getting past Boston netminder Tuukka Rask to tie things up.

With 5:14 left in the period, Gustav Nyquist was left all alone in close to take a pass from Darren Helm and whip a shot past Rask.

Howard made sure the one goal lead was enough, stopping the final 16 shots he faced.

Rask finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots.

Nyquist’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had four tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Anaheim Ducks.


Detroit forward Andrej Nestrasil made his NHL debut… Forwards Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss and defenseman Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Detroit was without forward Pavel Datsyuk due to injury.

Pregame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 10/9

The Detroit Red Wings open their 2014-15 campaign tonight at home, hosting the Boston Bruins.

Detroit will be without the services of Pavel Datsyuk, who missed most of the preseason and is expected to be out awhile longer with a shoulder injury.

Boston, meanwhile, will be without David Krejci due to injury.

Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss will be the healthy scratches up front for the Red Wings while Brian Lasoff is out on defense. This means Andrej Nestrasil will make his NHL debut, becoming the 890th all-time player for the Red Wings’ franchise.

Stupid stat of the day: Henrik Zetterberg was born on this date in 1980. In his lifetime, the Red Wings are 6-5-2 on his birthday.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Place Ferraro, Callahan, Porter on Waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed three forwards on waivers on Sunday.

Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan, and Kevin Porter will all be available to be claimed by the rest of the league until noon on Monday. If they are not claimed, the trio are expected to be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ferraro and Callahan have spent most of their professional careers with the Griffins, earning brief call-ups to the Red Wings last season. Porter was signed by Detroit to a two-way deal over the summer.

Ferraro, 23 and the son of former NHLer Ray, was held pointless in four career NHL games. In 200 AHL games he has 48 goals and 50 assists for 98 points, along with a -3 rating and 143 penalty minutes.

Callahan, also 23, was held off the scoresheet in his lone NHL appearance. In 189 games with the Griffins he has 43 goals and 30 assists for 73 points, a +17 rating, and 247 penalty minutes. His 26 goals in the 2013-14 campaign were good for second on the team.

Porter, 28, has played six NHL seasons split between the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, and Buffalo Sabres. In 206 career games he has 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points. He had 19 goals and 17 assists last season for the AHL’s Rochester Americans, where he played 50 games.

Notably not waived on Sunday was Andrej Nestrasil, who will require waivers to return to the Griffins this season.

Final rosters for the start of the NHL season must be set by Tuesday at 5:00 PM. Any players who need to clear waivers will need to be waived by noon on Monday.

Red Wings Re-sign RFA Ferraro

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday the re-signing of forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year deal.

As per club policy, financial terms were not announced. However, CapGeek reports it to be a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level, similar to those signed by Andrej Nestrasil and Mitch Callahan last week.

Like Nestrasil and Callahan, Ferraro is out of waiver options for the coming season. If he does not make the Red Wings out of training camp, he will have to be made available to the rest of the NHL’s teams before he can be sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ferraro made his NHL debut last season, going without a point in four games for the Red Wings. He also scored 15 goals and 16 assists for the Griffins in 70 games.

In three seasons with Grand Rapids, Ferraro has 48 goals and 50 points.

Ferraro, 22, is the son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro. He was selected in the second round, 32nd overall, by the Red Wings in the 2009 NHL entry draft.