Pregame: Ducks @ Red Wings – Game 3 – 5/4

The Red Wings’ tied first-round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks shifts to Detroit for Game Three today.

Detroit will be without defenseman Danny DeKeyser, lost for the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a broken thumb in Game Two. Brian Lashoff will take his spot in the lineup, making his first career playoff appearance.

Mikael Samuelsson also swaps into the lineup, replacing Todd Bertuzzi on the fourth line.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Down Ducks in OT After Third-Period Collapse

Gustav Nyquist lifted the Detroit Red Wings over the Anaheim Ducks early in overtime on Thursday night, giving Detroit a much-needed Game Two win after they allowed three third-period goals to erase a 4-1 lead.

The Ducks scored a trio of goals in under ten minutes to force overtime but Detroit’s fourth goal in the first two minutes of a period – and third on a carry-over penalty – was enough to secure the win.

At 1:21 of the overtime, Valtteri Filppula faked around Anaheim’s Corey Perry in the left faceoff circle and found a lane to shovel a pass across to Nyquist on the opposite side for a quick wrister past neminder Jonas Hiller. The goal came with under two seconds remaining in a Detroit power play.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the scoring only 48 seconds into the game, flipping a shot from the high slot that was tipped by the stick of defenseman Francois Beauchemin to confuse Hiller.

Damien Brunner made it 2-0 at 4:20 of the first. Off a turnover in the Ducks’ zone, Kyle Quincey poked the puck to Brunner all alone in the slot to snap past Hiller.

Johan Franzen‘s first of the night put the Red Wings up by three at 1:04 of the second period. Camped out on the edge of the crease, Franzen banged home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance for Detroit’s first power play goal of the night.

Saku Koivu got the Ducks on the board with a power play goal of their own with 9:07 remaining in the middle period. Off the rebound of a Teemu Selanne shot, Koivu kicked the puck towards the goal and got his stick on it before it crossed the line to tap it in.

Franzen’s second of the night made it 4-1 just 20 seconds into the third period as he drove to the side of the net and reached around Hiller to stuff it in the far side.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf started his team’s comeback at 7:50 of the third, backhanding a shot from the edge of the right faceoff circle through Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 4-2.

Kyle Palmieri snapped a shot from the left circle past Howard just after the expiration of an Anaheim power play with 7:29 remaining to pull the Ducks within a goal.

The comeback was complete with Bobby Ryan‘s goal with 2:22 remaining. Cam Fowler had the puck in the left wing corner and sent it out front to Ryan for a tip past Howard, evening things up at 4-4.

The Red Wings finished the night with three power play goals on six chances with the extra attacker while the Ducks scored once on five tries.

Howard made 28 saves on 32 shots against in earning the win. Hiller stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced.

With the Red Wings having earned a split of the opening games in Anaheim, the series now shifts to Detroit for Game Three on Saturday night.


Todd Bertuzzi made his first appearance in the Detroit lineup since February xxx, returning from a back injury to replace Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line… After the game, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock announced that rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser would miss the remainder of the playoffs with a broken thumb.

Howard Blanks Predators as Red Wings Regain Playoff Spot

The Detroit Red Wings moved back into playoff position Sunday night behind a shutout of the Nashville Predators by goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Howard stopped 22 Nashville shots for his second blanking of the Predators this season. With the two points, the Red Wings moved past Dallas and back into eighth place in the standings, though the Stars have a game in hand.

After a scoreless first period, Henrik Zetterberg got Detroit on the board at 6:23 of the second. Pavel Datsyuk forced a giveaway in the right faceoff circle and the puck came out to Jakub Kindl at the point, who sent it back along the blue line to Datsyuk. Datsyuk moved it along to Danny DeKeyser, who fired a shot from the top of the left circle intentionally wide of Pekka Rinne in the Nashville goal. The puck caromed off the back boards to the opposite side of the net where Zetterberg snapped a shot in behind Rinne.

Johan Franzen virtually locked things up with 2:59 left in the third period, roofing a backhander from the slot over Rinne’s glove off a Nashville turnover.

Justin Abdelkader‘s empty-net goal with 1:19 remaining wrapped up the game’s scoring.

Rinne finished the night with 29 saves on 31 shots against.

Both teams were scoreless on two power plays each.


Kyle Quincey was a healthy scratch on defense for the Red Wings, with Brendan Smith swapping back into the lineup… After the game Brian Lashoff was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to help alleviate the logjam on the blue line, giving the Red Wings eight defenders on the roster.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Avalanche – 4/5

Coming off an uninspired 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last night, the Red Wings head on to Denver to meet the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Jimmy Howard will get the start for the second consecutive night and the forward lines remain unchanged but the defense will be all shaken up. In are Kyle Quincey, Ian White and Danny DeKeyser. Out are Brian Lashoff, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brendan Smith.

Stupid stat of the day: This season the Red Wings are 4-3 against teams whose location name does not match the city they play their home games in.

Game time is 9:00 PM on FSD.

Datsyuk Scores Twice as Red Wings Down Avalanche in OT

Pavel Datsyuk opened and closed the scoring Friday night in Denver, scoring his second goal of the night with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanch.

Datsyuk backhanded a loose puck in the crease past Colorado netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere to secure the win for Detroit.

Datsyuk had opened the scoring at 8:27 of the first period. Johan Franzen drew the Colorado defense to him as he cut through the right faceoff circle and drove to the net before dishing off to Datsyuk alone in the slot for a shot past Giguere. It was a power play goal, the same way Detroit opened the scoring the previous night against Phoenix.

As against the Coyotes, the next goal tied the game when Mark Oliver backhanded a shot over Jimmy Howard on a partial breakway with 8:24 remaining to make it 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, as Gustav Nyquist put Detroit back out in front just 13 seconds later. Nyquist scooped up a bobbled puck in the left circle of the Colorado zone and took it to the net, stuffing it in around Giguere’s pad to make it 2-1.

P.A. Parenteau evened things back up at 6:29 of the third period. Jamie McGinn threw the puck on net from the left wing boards and Parenteau knocked it in behind Howard out of mid-air with the shaft of his stick.

Howard would finish the night with 33 saves on 35 shots while Giguere stopped 28 of 31 chances.

The opening goal was the game’s only power play tally. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker to Colorado’s three.

The Red Wings will now fly back to Detroit for a 12:30 matchup with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.


Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut for Detroit and Kyle Quincey returned from injury. Ian White was also back in the lineup. Brendan Smith, Brian Lashoff and Carlo Colaiacovo were out to make room.

Red Wings Sign Northern Michigan Goalie Coreau

In their only move on the day of the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday the signing of goaltender Jared Coreau to an entry-level contract.

Coreau, 21, is coming off his junior year with Northern Michigan University, a season in which he went 15-19-4 with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

He spent three years with the Wildcats, compiling a 32-31-8 record.

Coreau had attended rookie camps with the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers after his first two seasons with NMU. In addition to the Red Wings, the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks were said to have interest in the 6’5″ netminder following his team’s loss to Michigan in the opening round of the CCHA tournament.

With the addition of Coreau, the crease is crowded across the Red Wings organization. Jimmy Howard has the starter’s role with the Red Wings, backed up by Jonas Gustavsson. Rookie Petr Mrazek has taken over as starter for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins with Tom McCollum as his backup. Jordan Pearce is with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. Changes could come quickly this summer, however, as Howard, McCollum and Pearce are all scheduled to become free agents. Pearce, in particular, is expected to leave hockey to pursue a career in medicine.

In signing with Detroit, Coreau forgoes his final year of NCAA eligibility.

The long-rumored signing is Detroit’s second of an NCAA player in the last week, as the team agreed to terms with Western Michigan University defenseman Danny DeKeyser on Friday.

Why Standing Pat Won’t Work at the Deadline

Red Wings’ general manager Ken Holland is on the record stating that he’s looking to trade for talent, not depth as the NHL trade deadline approaches.

I agree with that strategy. This team already has tons of depth, to the point that they’ve been pushing bottom-six forwards into the top six all season. They just gave away Kent Huskins essentially for free because they were able to sign Danny DeKeyser and also get Carlo Colaiacovo and Kyle Quincey back from injury (though Quincey isn’t due back until later this week).

Depth isn’t going to help this team. Talent is, and a move to acquire it is admirable.

If talent isn’t available, however, standing pat should not be an option for Holland. He has to switch gears and become a seller.

As assembled, this Red Wings team is good enough to make the playoffs. They can finish in the bottom half of the postseason teams and probably drop a six-game series in the first round. Their consecutive playoff appearance streak will remain intact but, with that outcome, you would hardly be able to call the season a success.

I know people will say all you really need to do is get into the playoffs and then anything can happen. Just look at the Los Angeles Kings of last season. The Kings, however, were able to add talent in the form of Jeff Carter at the trade deadline. The team as assembled prior to the trade deadline does not make that run.

Without a move to get better, the Wings will not make a run, and as such should sell.

We keep hearing that there aren’t many sellers in the market right now. Too many teams are still in the hunt. The Wings are still in the hunt, too, but I believe it’s worth risking their position this season – a season in which they’re not likely to win the Cup anyway – to put themselves in better position next season.

With defensemen at a premium, what return could Ian White fetch the Red Wings? A second-round draft pick? More?

I’d love to suggest dealing Colaiacovo as well but, as he’s been injured all year, I can’t imagine he has much trade value.

Michael Handzus just got San Jose a fourth-round pick. What would Daniel Cleary bring Detroit?

Would Mikael Samuelsson waive his no-trade clause if Holland told him “We’re buying you out this summer, here’s your chance to impress a different team?”

The Wings want to keep him, but what would Valtteri Filppula bring in trade?

I’m not suggesting Holland blow the team up. Dealing Fil would require a good return. Pending free agent Jimmy Howard isn’t going anywhere.

Clearing out a few bodies gives a chance for more of Detroit’s youth to get playing time. DeKeyser has an open roster spot. Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist remain in the lineup.

If the young guys prove they’re not ready, Holland can go back to signing veterans like Samuelsson and Colaiacovo over the summer, as he did preemptively last year.

I just don’t think doing nothing should be an option. As assembled, this team is not going to win the Cup. Either get better and take a shot at it or risk getting worse and still not winning the Cup.

Personally, I’d rather miss the playoffs this year (a deep draft year) and come back stronger next year than have two years of seventh-place finishes and first-round exits.

Red Wings Hold Off Avalanche for 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third-period comeback by the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, picking up a 3-2 win just a day after dropping an embarrassing 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Damien Brunner‘s second-period goal – his first in 16 games – turned out to be the game winner. Brunner scored at 9:54 of the period when Gustav Nyquist gathered up a loose puck and spun in the high slot to evade a defender, then fed Brunner in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer past Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov.

The goal would give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead and chase Varlamov from the crease in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Avs cut the lead to 3-1 at 5:52 of the third period on a power play. After a goal-mouth scramble that left Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard sprawled out on the ice, Jamie McGinn gathered up the loose puck and skated it into the slot for a shot into the open top of the net.

With just 1:18 remaining, Matt Duchene cut Detroit’s lead to one when he gloved down a clearing attempt by Brendan Smith and cut across the top of the crease to backhand a shot past Howard to make it 3-2.

Howard preserved the lead with seven seconds remaining, making a glove save on P.A. Parenteau.

Justin Abdelkader had opened the game’s scoring with 4:03 left in the first period, bunting the rebound of a Johan Franzen chance out of mid-air and past Varlamov.

Daniel Cleary made it 2-0 on a Red Wings’ power play at 6:28 of the second. Franzen fed Cleary at the top of the crease with a pass from down low to swat past Varlamov.

With Cleary’s goal, the Red Wings went one-for-two on the power play on the night. Colorado was one-for-three with the man-advantage.

Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots in earning the win. Varlamov stopped ten of 13 shots in 29:54 of play to take the loss with Gigure stopping all seven shots he faced for the remainder of the game.

After back-to-back home games, the Red Wings will next be in action with consecutive road games. They’ll visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night and have a rematch with the Avalanche on Friday.


Detroit was without captain Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and forward Mikael Samuelsson (upper-body)… Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was a healthy scratch for the Wings… Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returned from injury to make his first appearance at Joe Louis Arena this season in his first game since January 21 in Columbus.

Red Wings Deal Huskins to Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Saturday that they have traded defenseman Kent Huskins to the Philadelphia Flyers for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014.

Huskins suited up for the Red Wings in eleven games this season, scoring no points and taking four penalty minutes while going a minus-three. He was signed just hours before the team’s home opener, when Detroit was already down three defensemen only two games into the season.

Huskins had last played on February 24 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With the pending return of Carlo Colaiacovo from injury and the Red Wings’ recent signing of defenseman Danny DeKeyser, Huskins became expendable.

With Huskins dealt and DeKeyser signed, the Red Wings still have a full 23-man roster, with Kyle Quincey, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson all on injured reserve.

Red Wings Routed by Blackhawks in Easter Matchup

Cory Emmerton scored the only goal for the Red Wings on Sunday as Detroit dropped a 7-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in an Easter matinee matchup.

Emmerton ended Chicago netminder Corey Crawford‘s shutout with 33 seconds remaining in regulation, gathering in the rebound of a Brian Lashoff shot and snapping a shot from the right faceoff circle past Crawford.

While the game ended on a positive note, it started poorly for Detroit and continued that way for the first 57 minutes of play.

Jeremy Morin opened the game’s scoring just 2:33 into the first. A Chicago shot wide of the net came off the back boards and off a skate, deflecting in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Howard attempted to freeze the puck but couldn’t hold it, with Morin collecting it and throwing a shot past him.

Brandon Saad made it 2-0 at 3:21 of the period, faking out Howard after having been left all alone in the right circle to take a pass from Michael Frolik.

At 4:12, Jakub Kindl mishandled the puck at the side of the net and backhanded it in behind Howard for a goal credited to Dave Bolland.

The start of the second period wasn’t much better than the start of the first for Detroit, with Chicago scoring a pair of goals eight seconds apart in the first four minutes.

Off a giveaway by Jordin Tootoo at the Chicago blueline, Saad carried the puck down the left wing and into the corner before feeding Jonathan Toews in the slot for a snap past Howard, making it 4-0 and chasing the Detroit netminder in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson didn’t fare any better, as Saad collected a deflected feed from Niklas Hjalmarsson in the right circle and beat him five hole to make it 5-0.

Bolland added a second goal at 7:55 of the third period, snapping a shot from the right circle past Gustavsson. Nick Leddy did nearly the same thing to make it 7-0 with 3:39 remaining.

Howard ended up with ten saves on 14 shots in 23:52, taking the loss. Gustavsson made nine saves on 12 shots in the remaining 36:08. Crawford stopped 33 of 34 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had the only two attempts of the game with the extra skater.


The Red Wings lost forward Mikael Samuelsson to an unspecified upper-body injury after the second period. Samuelsson was playing just his third game of the season, having missed all but the first two to various injuries… Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a groin injury. He is expected to also miss Monday’s matchup with the Colorado Avalanche… Gustav Nyquist was the healthy scratch up front for Detroit… Danny DeKeyser was technically not a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, as his contract was not yet official as of game time… After the game the Red Wings sent Lashoff back to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room on the roster for DeKeyser and Carlo Colaiacovo, who is returning from a conditioning stint with the Griffins. Lashoff is expected back with the Red Wings after the NHL’s trade deadline passes on Wednesday.