Pregame: Sharks @ Red Wings – 11/13

Pavel Datsyuk returns to the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks. Datsyuk has missed all 15 games this season recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He’ll slot in on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and – fresh off his seven year contract extension – Justin Abdelkader. The full forward lines are as follows:

Abdelkader – Zetterberg – Datsyuk
Tomas TatarDylan LarkinGustav Nyquist
Riley SheahanAndreas AthanasiouTeemu Pulkkinen
Drew MillerLuke GlendeningDarren Helm

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Red Wings against Martin Jones.

Stupid stat of the day: This is Detroit’s ninth Friday the 13th game all-time. The Red Wings are 4-3-1 in the previous eight.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Kindl Scores in Overtime to Lift Red Wings over Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs scored late in regulation to force overtime on Friday but defenseman Jakub Kindl scored in the extra frame to give the Detroit Red Wings the win, 2-1.

Kindl went end-to-end, blowing past all three Toronto defenders and breaking on on goalie James Reimer, then lifting a shot over Reimer’s shoulder to seal the victory.

Kindl’s goal came just after Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist failed to stuff the puck into a seemingly-open net.

The victory was Detroit’s third in a row, marking just the second time in the season that they have been able to string together three consecutive wins.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring for the Red Wings. With 3:39 left in the first period, Zetterberg flung a shot from the blue line at Reimer. Somehow the puck trickled through and across the goal like for Zetterberg’s 300th career goal.

With 1:02 left in regulation, Dion Phaneuf tied things up when the Leafs got a fluky goal of their own. Phaneuf sent the puck into Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek‘s crease and it fluttered through the air, where Mrazek inadvertently knocked it into his own net off the knob of his stick.

Mrazek finished the night with 32 saves on 33 shots. Reimer stopped 22 of 25 chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the game. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker to Toronto’s four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Dallas Stars.


Detroit forward Landon Ferraro left the game in the first period after a lower-body injury.

Zetterberg’s Milestones Help Red Wings Past Senators

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of milestones on Saturday night, helping the Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.

With 7:05 left in the opening period, Tomas Tatar snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. Zetterberg earned the secondary assist on the power play goal, his 500th career NHL assist.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 5:29 of the second. Gustav Nyquist tipped a Zetterberg shot/pass in the slot through traffic and past Anderson, Zetterberg’s 800th career point.

Kyle Turris cut Detroit’s lead to a single goal with 6:24 left in the middle frame, putting the rebound of an Erik Karlsson shot from the point past Red Wings’ netminder Petr Mrazek.

With 1:55 left in the period, Jonathan Ericsson‘s blue line blast of a faceoff win by Darren Helm made it 3-1.

Dylan Larkin scored just 39 seconds into the third period to make it 4-1. When Anderson came out to his right to challenge Larkin cutting to the net, Larkin raced around the back of the goal and tucked it in the open side.

Danny DeKeyser rounded out Detroit’s scoring at 5:35 of the third, taking a Nyquist drop-pass on a rush and snapping a shot from the left circle past Anderson.

With 4:09 left in regulation, Mark Stone gloved down an attempted clear in the Detroit slot and beat Mrazek to make it 5-2.

Bobby Ryan made it 5-3 with 1:09 left, skating in untouched as the Red Wings scrambled after a turnover to take a pass in the slot from Shane Prince and snap a shot past Mrazek.

Mrazek finished the night with 33 saves on 36 shots. Anderson stopped 23 of 28 Detroit chances.

Each team had three power plays on the night. Ottawa did not score with the man-advantage but the Red Wings scored twice with the extra attacker.

After splitting the home-and-home series with the Senators, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period and again in overtime, erasing a 2-0 deficit and snapping their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winner with 1:10 remaining in the extra period. The Canucks were unable to chase down a loose puck entering the Detroit zone and goalie Petr Mrazek came out to get it. Mrazek sent a long pass to Nyquist at the far blue line, who broke in all alone to snap a shot past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller.

The Canucks had opened the game’s scoring with 6:57 left in the opening period. Alexandred Burrows gained the Detroit zone down the left wing on a power play and fed Christopher Tanev for a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Mrazek for a 1-0 lead.

Another power play goal made it 2-0 at 8:02 of the second period. Quick passing got the puck from Bo Horvat in the left faceoff circle to Burrows behind the goal line and back out to Brandon Sutter in the slot for a quick shot that beat Mrazek.

Two quick third-period goals got the Red Wings even.

At 4:25, Teemu Pulkkinen collected a pass from Tomas Tatar in the neutral zone, then turned and drove to the net, fending off defender Ben Hutton and flipping a shot past Miller to make it 2-1.

Just 2:34 later, Tatar scored a goal of his own on the power play, snapping a shot from the right circe over Miller’s shoulder and tying things up.

Miller finished the night with 25 saves on 28 shot while Mrazek stopped 30 of 32 chances.

The Red Wings went one-for-six on the power play. Vancouver went two-for-four.

With their Western Canadian road trip complete, the Red Wings are now off until Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurrcianes.


Detroit was without injured defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey, who were replaced by Jakub Kindl and call-up Alexey Marchenko in the lineup.

Howard Stops 37 but Red Wings Fall to Flames in Overtime

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced on Friday night but it wasn’t enough to keep the Red Wings from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.

The Red Wings have now lost four consecutive games after starting the season with three straight wins.

Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the final minutes of the third period but with 1:12 left in regulation Joe Colborne tipped a Mark Giordano shot from the high slot past Howard for a 2-2 tie.

In overtime it was Giordano playing the hero for Calgary, taking a feed from Johnny Gaudreau in the right faceoff circle and drawing Howard to him, then stepping around him to shovel the puck into the open net with 1:48 left in the extra period – his second goal of the game.

The Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist had opened the game’s scoring at 7:38 of the first period. On a Detroit power play, Nyquist snapped a shot from the inside edge of the right circle past Calgary goalie Jonas Hiller off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

Giordano’s first of the night tied things up with 8:58 left to go in the opening frame. From nearly the same spot as hit shot on the tying goal, Giordano snapped the puck through a screen and past Howard to make it 1-1.

Brendan Smith – back in the Detroit lineup after a blue line shakeup – scored his first of the season to restore the Wings’ lead just 1:38 later. On another power play, Smith threw a shot from the high slot through traffic and past Hiller to make it 2-1.

Hiller finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots.

Both Detroit goals came with the man-advantage. They had four power play tries on the night. Calgary went scoreless on the power play.

The Red Wings conclude their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Vancouver.


Detroit defenseman Mike Green left the game early due to injury. Kyle Quincey and Niklas Kronwall also missed time during the game nursing injuries.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Flames – 10/23

Riding a three-game losing streak, the Red Wings will shake up their lines as they visit the Calgary Flames tonight.

Part of that shakeup is due to a back injury for Brad Richards, who will miss the final two games of Detroit’s road trip through Western Canada. With Richards out and Pavel Datsyuk not yet back from injury, rookie Dylan Larkin will switch from wing to center the team’s second line.

The expected lines are as follows:

Justin AbdelkaderHenrik ZetterbergGustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar – Dylan Larkin – Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren HelmRiley SheahanLuke Glendening
Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonLandon Ferraro

Niklas KronwallMike Green
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brendan SmithJonathan Ericsson

On defense, all three pairs are changed up, with Brendan Smith swapping in for Jakub Kindl in an effort to both spark offense and plug a porous blue line. Kindl joins Tomas Jurco as a healthy scratch.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek will get the nod to close out the trip in Vancouver.

Game time is 9:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Down Lightning in Playoff Rematch

Almost six months after the Lightning bounced the Red Wings from the playoffs, Detroit defeated Tampa Bay, 3-1, in their first meeting of the 2015-16 season.

After a scoreless first period, Gustav Nyquist got the Red Wings on the board with 2:08 left in the middle frame. Twelve seconds into a power play, Nyquist snapped a shot from the left faceoff dot over the shoulder of Lightning netminder Ben Bishop.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 at 8:25 of the third period. Dylan Larkin fed Zetterberg in the high slot for a shot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader and past Bishop to extend Detroit’s lead.

Tampa Bay cut the lead back to a single goal with 8:57 left in regulation. A set play off an offensive-zone faceoff win got the puck to Ryan Callahan at the top of the left circle to snap a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, the first goal against Howard all season.

Kyle Quincey added an empty net goal to round out the game’s scoring and end Tampa’s comeback hopes.

Each team finished the night with three power play chances. Detroit scored on one of theirs while Tampa Bay went without a goal.

Howard made 20 saves on 21 shots. Bishop made 21 saves on 23 shots faced.

The Red Wings look to make it four wins in a row to start the season on Friday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.


Johan Franzen was a late scratch for the Red Wings. He was replaced in the lineup by Landon Ferraro, who was going to be out of the lineup to make room for Tomas Jurco‘s first appearance of the season.

Pregame: Maple Leafs @ Red Wings – 10/9

After a long summer with some major moves, the Red Wings are back in action tonight, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015-16 home opener.

A familiar face will be behind the Toronto bench, as Mike Babcock jumped ship from Detroit to move on to the Maple Leafs during the offseason. Former Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill now leads the Red Wings.

Blashill isn’t the only new addition to the Wings. Free agent signings Brad Richards and Mike Green will be making their Detroit debuts, as will rookie Dylan Larkin, who impressed enough during the preseason to not just make the opening night lineup but earn a spot on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Detroit will be without Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, and Danny DeKeyser due to injury. Helm could be back next week while neither Datsyuk nor DeKeyser is expected to return until November.

With Datsyuk out, Richards will center the second line with Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist. Kyle Quincey will replace DeKeyser as Green’s defense partner.

Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco, and Alexey Marchenko will be healthy scratches for the Red Wings. Xavier Ouellet and Daniel Cleary had been with the team but were assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins yesterday.

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal for Detroit, with Petr Mrazek scheduled to start tomorrow against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Stupid stat of the day: In the last two decades, the Red Wings have lost only once on October 9. The opponent in that loss? The Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD and Fox 2 Detroit.

Red Wings Announce Signings of Jensen, Callahan

The Detroit Red Wings announced the signings of defenseman Nick Jensen and forward Mitch Callahan on Monday.

Jensen’s deal is for two years while Callahan’s is for one. Both are two-way contracts. Financial terms were not officially announced but reportedly Callahan will make $600,000 at the NHL level while Jensen will make $882,000.

Both players are expected to spend next season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Jensen, 24, was selected by the Red Wings 150th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In two seasons with the Griffins, he’s played 120 games, scoring six goals and adding 30 assists for 36 points.

He has yet to receive an NHL call-up.

Callahan, 23, was also selected in the 2009 draft (180th overall). In 237 AHL games, all with the Griffins, he has 59 goals and 52 assists for 111 points. He also has 271 penalty minutes.

Callahan made his NHL debut with Detroit during the 2013-14 season, playing one game and being held off the scoresheet.

With Jensen and Callahan inked, in addition to last week’s signings of Gustav Nyquist and Jared Coreau, the Red Wings’ remaining restricted free agents are Teemu Pulkkinen, Tomas Jurco, and Louis-Marc Aubry.

Red Wings Re-sign Nyquist

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday the signing of forward Gustav Nyquist to a four-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms were not announced. Reportedly the contract is worth $19 million, carrying a $4.75 million cap hit.

Nyquist was a restricted free agent who had opted for arbitration. He and the Red Wings continued negotiating leading up to the arbitration hearing – which would have been in late July or early August – and came to terms on the new deal.

Nyquist, 25, has led the Red Wings in goals each of the last two seasons. In 179 career NHL games he has 59 goals and 56 assists for 115 career points.

Originally drafted in the fourth round, 121st overall, in 2008, Nyquist has spent his entire career with Detroit.

With Nyquist locked up, Detroit’s remaining free agents are RFAs Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen, with Nick Jensen, Louis-Marc Aubry, and Mitch Callahan of Grand Rapids also due extensions.