Howard Stops 33 as Red Wings Sweep Ducks

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Sunday night, carrying the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Ducks to sweep the pair of weekend games between the teams in Anaheim.

Howard had also made 33 saves in a 5-1 win on Friday night, giving him a .971 save percentage in the two wins.

Daniel Cleary got the Red Wings on the board at 4:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot from the right wing boards by Jakub Kindl past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller for a power play goal.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 at 8:46 of the period when he swatted the rebound of an Ian White shot from the point under Hiller just before Teemu Selanne could get to the puck.

After seven consecutive goals by the Red Wings across the two games, the Ducks finally got on the board with 46 seconds left in the second period.

On an Anaheim power play, Ryan Getzlaf got the puck at the blue line and lugged it through the high slot, getting around a diving Miller and taking it to the left faceoff circle to snap past Howard.

Howard would cement the win in the closing seconds with a stop on Cam Fowler all alone in the slot while the Ducks were shorthanded.

Hiller finished the night with 19 saves on 21 shots.

Each team had a power play goal, with the Red Wings getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Ducks getting three.

Detroit continues their West Coast road trip Monday in Glendale against the Phoenix Coyotes.


Damien Brunner was a healthy scratch for Detroit for the first time in his career. Carlo Colaiacovo, returning from injury, was also a healthy scratch… Defenseman Brian Lashoff missed the end of the first period after taking a puck to the face but returned for the start of the second period… Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne were all ejected with 34 seconds remaining in regulation for arguing about a tripping call to Getzlaf.

Pregame: Wild @ Red Wings – 3/20

The Red Wings host the Minnesota Wild tonight in Detroit’s only home game between their just-completed three-game Western Canadian road trip and a four-game West Coast road trip that begins in Anaheim on Friday.

Darren Helm, who suffered a setback in his return from injury on Monday, will not be available against the Wild. Neither will Patrick Eaves, who sprained the joints in his jaw when he took a puck to the face in practice on Tuesday.

Gustav Nyquist has been called up to fill in on the third line with Joakim Andersson and Daniel Cleary.

The Wings’ blue line will see no changes from Saturday’s win over the Canucks. Ian White remains in for the injured Kyle Quincey. Carlo Colaiacovo could return during the Wings’ West Coast trip.

Jimmy Howard gets the start for Detroit against Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom.

Game time is 7:30 on NBCSN.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Canucks – 3/16

Since it worked so well last night, we’re going with more pre-game notes tonight as the Red Wings visit the Vancouver Canucks.

As I noted via Twitter earlier today, the Red Wings are 12-17-4 all-time in the third game of a Western Canadian road trip. They’re 4-5-3 all-time when that third game is in Vancouver.

By my count the Wings are unbeaten, however, when playing a team wearing throwback jerseys to an era before the founding of the NHL. The Canucks will be dressed as the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, that year’s Stanley Cup Champions.

Detroit will be without defenseman Kyle Quincey, who suffered a broken cheekbone last night in Edmonton. Ian White will take his spot in the lineup.

No other roster changes are expected. Jimmy Howard will get the start for the second consecutive night.

Game time is 10:00 on FSD+, CBC and NHLN.

Zetterberg, Abdelkader Score Twice as Red Wings Down Canucks, 5-2

Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each scored twice for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, leading the team to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks opened the scoring a team-record six seconds into the game. After Vancouver won the opening faceoff, Detroit defenseman Brian Lashoff pressured and left an opening for Daniel Sedin and Alexandre Burrows to advance on a two-on-one. Niklas Kronwall failed to cut off a cross-ice pass from Sedin to Burrows, who rifled a shot from the inside edge of the right circle past Red Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard.

Pavel Datsyuk‘s bank shot 6:08 in got the Wings on the board. Datsyuk threw the puck on net with Abdelkader driving to the edge of the crease, banking it off Abdelkader’s skate and in behind Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.

Datsyuk set up the goal that put the Red Wings in front with 6:03 left in the second period. He gathered up the puck at the bottom of the left faceoff circle after an initial Red Wings chance and threw it to Zetterberg in the slot for a snap past Luongo for a power play goal to make it 2-1.

Zetterberg would score just 1:20 into the third period to extend Detroit’s lead, one-timing a feed from Valtteri Filppula past Luongo from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Daniel Cleary make it 4-1 at 5:57 of the third on a smooth passing play with Damien Brunner and Joakim Andersson. Brunner gained the Vancouver zone and cut into the high slot before passing off to Andersson on the left wing. Andersson sent it all the way across to Cleary at the top of the right circle where he snapped a shot past Luongo.

Detroit’s scoring was rounded out with 5:16 to play on another Datsyuk attempt that deflected off Abdelkader and in for Abdelkader’s second goal. Datsyuk lofted the puck from the right wing towards Abdelkader as he cut to the net. The puck went off Abdelkader, bounced around off of Luongo, and eventually dropped into the net for a goal that had to be confirmed by video review.

Off the rebound of a Burrows deflection from in front, Kronwall knocked the puck past his own goalie to round out the scoring and give the Canucks their second goal with 2:38 remaining.

Zetterberg’s first goal was the only power play marker for either team on the night. Detroit had three power plays and Vancouver had six, with each team going scoreless on a five-on-three. Jannik Hansen also missed on a penalty shot for the Canucks.

Howard finished the night with 33 saves on 35 shots. Luongo stopped 21 of 26 chances.

Having completed their first Western Canadian road trip of the season, the Red Wings are now off until Wednesday when they host the Minnesota Wild.


Defenseman Ian White was back in the Red Wings’ lineup after Kyle Quincey was injured on Friday night in Edmonton… Gustav Nyquist was a healthy scratch up front, while Kent Huskins continued to be a healthy scratch on defense.

Red Wings Rally for 3-2 OT Win over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings went into the third period down 2-0 but rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Pavel Datsyuk won the game for the Red Wings with 1:21 left in the overtime period. Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone and raced into the Edmonton zone, faking around defender Jeff Petry and snapping a shot past netminder Devan Dubnyk.

Taylor Hall had opened the scoring at 3:34 of the first period, picking up the puck at the Detroit blue line and cutting to the middle, splitting the Red Wings’ defense through the slot and snapping a shot under Howard to make it 1-0.

Edmonton went up 2-0 with 3:42 left in the second period on a goal by Sam Gagner. After Hall tied up Jonathan Ericsson behind the Detroit net, Nail Yakupov picked up the puck and cut in from the left wing boards, around Niklas Kronwall, and shoveled a shot on Howard from the slot. Gagner was there to bang home the rebound.

Valtteri Filppula cut the Edmonton lead in half at 4:27 of the third. Henrik Zetterberg won a battle along the boards in the left corner and Filppula came in to pick up the puck. Filppula cut through the left faceoff circle on the backhand and flung a shot on net, through a screen by Damien Brunner and past goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Detroit tied things up with 5:53 remaining in the third on their second road power play goal of the season. Niklas Kronwall threw a shot on net from the blue line and Dubnyk kicked it aside. Defender Jeff Petry turned to knock it away but ended up putting it in behind his own goalie.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 shots while Dubnyk stopped 25 of 28 Detroit chances.

Detroit went one-for-five on the power play. Edmonton was scoreless with three power play attempts.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday in Vancouver as they close out their Western Canadian road trip.


Ian White, Kent Huskins and Patrick Eaves were healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Kyle Quincey left the game late in the third after taking a puck to the face. He will not travel with the team to Vancouver.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Oilers – 3/15

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted pre-game notes. It’s also been awhile since the Wings have won, as they come off two losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets and one to the Calgary Flames. I won’t pretend the lack of pre-game notes is tied to the losses, but lets hope both streaks end tonight with Detroit visiting the Edmonton Oilers.

On the plus side, the Oilers are the last team the Red Wings actually managed to beat, a 3-0 decision in Detroit on March 7.

The Red Wings have been mum on any lineup changes that could be coming tonight. Jimmy Howard will get the start, having recovered from the flu, and the blueline will remain as it was on Wednesday in Calgary (meaning Ian White is again a healthy scratch, as is Kent Huskins). Up front, Jordin Tootoo may swap in but it won’t be determined who he’d switch with until the pre-game skate.

All-time, the Red Wings are 11-17-5 in the second game of a Western Canadian road trip. When the second game is in Edmonton, however, they’re 6-5-4.

Game time is 9:30 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Rally Twice but Fall to Blue Jackets in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings twice rallied from down a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night but could never get out front, dropping a 3-2 decision in the shootout.

Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen undid 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, respectively, but only Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit in the tiebreaker while Columbus got goals from Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert for the win. Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg were stopped by Blue Jackets’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.

After a scoreless first period, Derrick Brassard got Columbus on the board at 3:10 of the second. Just as a Blue Jackets’ power play expired, Brassard rifled a shot from the right wing half-boards into the top corner over Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s glove.

The Red Wings would respond just 30 seconds later. Datsyuk won the puck in a battle along the right wing boards and carried it through the top of the right faceoff circle before sending a pass across to Kindl for a blast from the high slot past Bobrovsky.

The Jackets regained their lead just 45 seconds after that on a goal by R.J. Umberger. Niklas Kronwall whiffed on a clearing attempt in the Detroit zone and the puck came to Johansen for a shot from the right circle. Howard kicked that chance right back out but Zetterberg couldn’t corral the puck and it came to Umberger for a shot from the top of the circle that again beat Howard glove-side.

Franzen would tie things back up with the Red Wings skating on a five-on-three just 25 seconds into the third period. After cycling the puck along the right wing, Zetterberg got it to Brunner alone down low on the left wing. As the defense shifter to Brunner, Franzen drifted into the slot to take a pass and snap a shot past Bobrovsky.

Franzen’s goal was the lone power play goal of the night. The Red Wings had six tries with the extra attacker including a long five-on-three. Columbus had five power plays.

Bobrovsky made 21 saves on 23 shots just a day after his first career shutout. Howard stopped 19 of the 21 chances he faced.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday when they start a Western Canadian road trip in Calgary.


After being a healthy scratch for six games, defenseman Ian White got back into the lineup, swapping in for Brian Lashoff. Kent Huskins remained a healthy scratch.

Howard Blanks Oilers as Red Wings Win, 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, with goalie Jimmy Howard only needing to make 22 saves to pick up his second shutout of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Jakub Kindl got the Red Wings on the board at 3:16 of the second. Kindl battled to keep control of the puck as he cut from the right faceoff circle to the slot, then knocked a shot through Edmonton netminder Devan Dubnyk that just rolled across the goal line.

Cory Emmerton added another goal from the Red Wings’ depth players with 7:41 left in the period. After a shift of strong pressure in the Edmonton end by Detroit, Emmerton jumped onto the ice on a change and slipped into the slot, getting a pass from Drew Miller to snap a strong shot past Dubnyk.

Justin Abdelkader finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:10 remaining.

Dubnyk finished the night with 25 saves on 27 shots.

There was only one power play on the night, with the Red Wings failing to score with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will next be in action on Saturday in Columbus, the first game of a weekend home-and-home series with the Blue Jackets.


For the fourth consecutive game, Ian White and Kent Huskins were the healthy scratches on defense for Detroit.

Brunner Lifts Red Wings over Sharks in Shootout

Damien Brunner scored his second shootout goal in as many career tries on Thursday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks.

Brunner slowly skated in on San Jose netminder Antti Niemi before snapping a shot past him for the only goal of the shootout.

Niemi had previously stopped Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson, making his first start with the Wings, stopped Michal Handzus, Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe in the skills competition.

After a scoreless first two periods, the Sharks got on the board at 4:49 of the third. Joe Thornton stripped a bouncing puck from Justin Abdelkader just inside the Detroit blue line, then fed Logan Couture for a one-timer from the right faceoff circle off of Gustavsson and in.

The Red Wings responded 1:32 later, when a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line deflected off San Jose forward T.J. Galiardi, then Patrick Eaves, then a post before hitting the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Niemi finished the night with 33 saves on 34 shots. Gustavsson earned his first win as a Red Wing with a twenty-five save performance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries while San Jose had one.

The Red Wings now head back home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.


Ian White and Kent Huskins were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Valtteri Filppula remained out with an injury.

Quincey’s Fluke Goal Not Enough as Kings Rally Past Red Wings

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey scored in his return from injury on Wednesday night but it wasn’t enough for Detroit, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied in the third period for a 2-1 win.

Quincey had missed two games with an ankle injury before returning – along with Brendan Smith – to the Detroit blue line. Johan Franzen also returned from injury but the team lost Valtteri Filppula.

Quincey’s goal, scored at 9:42 of the first period, came on an improbable play. With the puck being cleared around the left wing boards, Quincey pinched in and threw it at Kings netminder Jonathan Bernier. Bernier knocked it high into the air with his glove, then lost track of it as it came down, bounced off his own back, and into the net.

It stood for over forty minutes as the game’s only goal, through a second-period stretch that saw the Red Wings kill off a four-minute LA power play, of which a full two minutes was a two-man advantage.

The Kings finally got on the board during another five-on-three. With 9:34 remaining in regulation, Jeff Carter tipped an intentionally-wide shot by Mike Richards past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to tie the game, 1-1.

With 4:48 left the Kings took the lead. D.J. King dug the puck out from along the right wing boards and sent it to Anze Kopitar all alone in front of Howard, where he had time to slide the puck around him to make it 2-1.

Detroit would be unable to even things back up.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots. Bernier stopped 32 of the 33 chances he faced.

Carter’s goal was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Los Angeles had five, including 2:46 of five-on-three time.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in San Jose.


With Quincey and Smith returning from injury, Kent Huskins and Ian White were the healthy scratches on defense for Detroit.