Pregame: Rangers @ Red Wings – 10/26

The Red Wings host the New York Rangers tonight and will face the Blueshirts with a new set of lines, shaking things up after their 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

Pavel Datsyuk will center Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi on the top line while Henrik Zetterberg centers Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar. Stephen Weiss centers Daniel Cleary and Justin Abdelkader as the third like with Joakim Andersson, Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo as the fourth line. Mikael Samuelsson and Patrick Eaves (back from IR but not back in the lineup) will be the healthy scratches. Darren Helm remains on IR after suffering another groin injury.

On defense it will be Niklas Kronwall with Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey with Danny DeKeyser and Brian Lashoff with Jakub Kindl. Johanthan Ericsson remains out with a shoulder injury and Xavier Ouellet has been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal opposite Cam Talbot, taking the place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist.

Stupid stat of the game: The Red Wings are winless (0-4) all-time against the Rangers on October 26th but all four of those games have been on the road.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Howard, Datsyuk Named to NHL All-Star Teams

The National Hockey League announced the list of 36 players selected to the 2012 All-Star teams on Thursday, joining six player voted in by the fans.

The Red Wings will be represented by goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Pavel Datsyuk.

It will be Howard’s first All-Star appearance. In his third full NHL season, he has a league-leading 24 wins, with a .924 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.

Datsyuk will make his second trip to the All-Star Game, having previously appeared in the 2004 contest. He was also selected to the 2009 roster but skipped the game with an injury. He currently leads the Red Wings in points with 43.

A notable omission from the roster is Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who reportedly requested the weekend off.

The All-Star Game will be played on January 29, hosted by the Ottawa Senators.

The full list of selected players is as follows:

Forwards
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Defensemen
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

Cleary Scores Late to Lift Red Wings over Rangers

Dan Cleary scored with just 2:03 remaining in the third period on Sunday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Cleary sent a shot from along the goal line at New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With the puck between his pads, Lundqvist spun, inadvertantly knocking it into his own net.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal with the Red Wings on a power play to close out the game.

Despite outshooting the Rangers, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard had to keep the Wings in the game at several points.

Howard stopped New York’s Ryan Callahan on a penalty shot in the second period while the Rangers still had a 1-0 lead. With the game tied in the third Howard made a series of important stops as Detroit killed off three consecutive penalties.

Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring with 4:04 remaining in the first period. Boyle tipped a pass from Christopher Higgins past Howard while Justin Abdelkader and Jonathan Ericsson miscommunicated on the backcheck.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game back up with 8:01 left in the second, putting home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance just four seconds after the end of a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play. The Rangers went scoreless on four tries.

Howard made 28 saves on 29 shots against while Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 Detroit chances.


Brian Rafalski returned to the Wings lineup after missing two games with a back injury, bumping Jakub Kindl back out of the lineup. Ville Leino was the healthy scratch up front with Brad May working back in.

Wings vs. Rangers Pregame

Another game that won’t be on TV, not even on Center Ice Online. I get the feeling that the Joe isn’t equipped for that. Would it surprise anyone?

At least Detroiters have radio, Rangers fans don’t even have that locally. With 1270 covering the Tigers, the Wings game will be on “Free FM 97.1” (whatever that name’s supposed to mean). Streaming audio should be available at http://cbsplayer.str…CALLSIGN=WKRKFM

The Rangers’ official site says that Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, former Red Wing Sean Avery, Scott Gomez, and Henrik Lundqvist are all expected to play tonight. The great people over at Rangerland have the expected NY lineup.

Bruce MacLeod, the Highlander, has the Red Wings’ lineup.

Red Wings Bounce Back Again in New York

For the second time in a week, the Detroit Red Wings scored rallied in the third period to pick up a 4-3 win in New York.

Last Tuesday, the Red Wings scored three times in the third period and once more in overtime to down the New York Islanders. Monday night, three third-period goals erased an early deficit and gave Detroit a win over the New York Rangers.

Jiri Hudler kick-started the comeback with a goal off a giveaway by sophomore Ranger netminder Henrik Lundqvist 2:31 into the third. Lundqvist attempted to play the puck behind the net but coughed up the puck, leaving Hudler free for a wraparound attempt that was stopped by the New York defense before Hudler put in the rebound.

With 9:06 remaining in the period, Robert Lang tied the game when Dan Cleary threw a backhander on net from the right point and Lang tapped it between Lundqvist’s pads.

Henrik Zetterberg gave the Red Wings their first and only lead of the game with 7:24 remaining and Detroit on the power play. Pavel Datsyuk got the puck to Zetterberg at the top of the crease for a wrist shot into the back of the net to cap the game’s scoring and Detroit’s rally.

The Rangers had jumped out to an early lead on a high, hard wrist shot from the right circle by longtime Red Wing Brendan Shanahan just 2:18 into the game.

Only 13 seconds later, Michael Nylander stole the puck off goalie Dominik Hasek‘s stick when he tried to play it behind the net and poked it into the net, putting New York up by a pair.

Datsyuk pulled the Red Wings back to within one at 7:24 of the period, deflecting a long shot by Zetterberg past Lundqvist.

A power play goal with 5:36 remaining in the first would finish off the Rangers’ scoring. Marcel Hossa beat Hasek with a wrist shot from the right circle that the Detroit netminder could have had.

A scoreless second period showed a glimpse of things to come, as the Red Wings’ defense began to take control even with their offense not yet clicking.

Each team scored once on the power play. New York had three chances while Detroit was given four.

Hasek stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced on the night. Lundqvist went 22-for-26 in the Rangers’ net.

The Red Wings will be back home on Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes in the second of three games in three cities in four nights. On Thursday they will complete that stretch in St. Louis.


Andreas Lilja was a healthy scratch for the second-straight game since Mathieu Schneider returned from injury… The Red Wings are 9-1 against the Rangers in their last ten games. They have not allowed more than three goals in a game to the Rangers since December 17, 1993.

Red Wings Lead Sweden to Olympic Gold

Three goals from members of the Detroit Red Wings lifted Sweden to a 3-2 win over rival Finland in the gold medal game of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday, with Nicklas Lidstrom scoring the game-winner just ten seconds into the third period.

On the period’s opening faceoff, Finnish center Saku Koivu (Montreal Canadiens) broke his stick and left and opening for the Swedes to gain the offensive zone. Lidstrom fired a blistering long shot past goalie Antero Niittymaki (Philadelphia Flyers) for what ended up being the game’s final goal.

The Finns had opened the game’s scoring with 5:15 remaining in the first period, when a powerplay shot by Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators) was deflected went past netminder Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers).

Sweden got on the board at 4:42 of the second period, when Henrik Zetterberg scored on the powerplay.

Niklas Kronwall added another Swedish powerplay goal with 6:36 remaining in the period but Ville Peltonen tied it up for the Finns just 1:36 later.

After the Lidstrom goal gave Sweden the lead, Lundqvist locked down the Swedish net, making ten saves on the period.

Lundqvist finished the game with 25 saves, as did Niittymaki.

The gold medal is Sweden’s first in men’s ice hockey since 1994, when Peter Forsberg beat Canadian goalie Corey Hirsch in a shootout in Lillehammer. The Finns’ silver is their first medal since earning the bronze in 1998 in Nagano and their highest finish ever.


The Czech Republic claimed the bronze medal on Saturday, defeating Russia for their first medal since winning the gold in 1998.

Late-period Goals Not Enough to Lift Rangers over Red Wings

The New York Rangers scored a goal in the final 2:30 of each period Saturday afternoon but it wasn’t enough to stop the Detroit Red Wings from picking up a 4-3 victory.

The Rangers opened the game’s scoring with 1:15 remaining in the first period. From behind the net, Martin Rucinsky sent a pass out to Jaromir Jagr in the low slot. Jagr put a one-timer back on net and past Detroit goalie Manny Legace to put New York on the board.

The Red Wings responded at 7:45 of the second.

With Detroit on the power play just after a five-on-three opportunity expired, Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot on net from the blue line. Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist knocked the puck into the left circle but Robert Lang was there to pick up the rebound and lift it over Lundqvist and into the net.

Just 52 seconds later, Detroit took the lead on Brendan Shanahan‘s first goal of the night. His shot from the right circle caught the top of Lundqvist’s stick and deflected into the net.

The Rangers retied the game with 15 seconds remaining in the middle frame, when a Michael Nylander shot beat Legace as Ville Nieminen pushed past Lidstrom and crashed the net. Legace argued for an interference call to no avail.

Shanahan’s second goal of the night put Detroit back in front at 5:48 of the final period.

Chris Chelios drew most of the New York defense to him in the high slot while Henrik Zetterberg had the puck in the corner to Lundqvist’s right. Zetterberg sent a pass out to Shanahan at the top of the crease but Lundqvist stopped the attempted one-timer. The rebound bounced free and Shanahan jumped up to lift the puck over the falling Rangers goalie.

Johan Franzen scored the final Detroit goal of the night with 5:21 left in the game, deflecting a pass from Kris Draper past Lundqvist.

New York’s Jed Ortmeyer pulled the Rangers back within one on a shot that deflected off Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda with 2:26 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough to get his team back in the game.

Lundqvist stopped a flurry of Detroit chances in the game’s final minutes but the Rangers were unable to tie it up.

A shot by Shanahan in the game’s closing seconds entered the empty Ranger net after time expired.

Legace finished the game with 21 saves on 24 shots while the rookie Lundqvist stopped 32 of 36 shots, including 15 of 17 in the second period alone.

Detroit held the Rangers scoreless on three power play chances and converted one of their five opportunities.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.


New York was without defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who suffered a sprained knee during pre-game warmups.

Four Red Wings Named to Swedish Olympic Team

The Swedish Olympic men’s ice hockey team will feature four current Detroit Red Wings when they take to the ice in February. Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall as well as forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg were named to their native country’s roster.

Additionally, Red Wings prospect Stefan Liv was announced as the team’s third goaltender.

Lidstrom has twice before represented Sweden in the Olympics. Zetterberg was a member of the team in 2002, before his first season in the NHL with Detroit. Samuelsson and Liv will be making their first Olympic appearances.

Team Sweden’s complete roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Stefan Liv
Henrik Lundqvist
Mikael Tellqvist

Defensemen (7)
Christian Backman
Kim Johnsson
Kenny Jonsson
Nicklas Lidstrom
Niklas Kronwall
Mattias Norstrom
Mattias Ohlund

Forwards (13)
Daniel Alfredsson
Per-Johan Axelsson
Peter Forsberg
Mika Hannula
Jorgen Jonsson
Fredrik Modin
Markus Naslund
Samuel Pahlsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Mats Sundin
Henrik Zetterberg