Pregame: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 12/10

Coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, the Detroit Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

The Eastern Conference-leading Habs are without starting goalie Carey Price and are on a three-game losing streak. They’ll turn to Dustin Tokarski in the crease against Detroit. Tokarski held the Wings to a single goal in his appearance against them last season, a 4-1 Montreal victory on November 16.

Petr Mrazek gets the nod in goal for Detroit with no other lineup changes expected. Jakub Kindl will be the healthy scratch on defense.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have tied a franchise record with seven consecutive losses to the Canadiens.

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.

Red Wings Drop 3-1 Decision to Hurricanes

Looking to start a new winning streak after snapping their losing streak at four games on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings faltered at home, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

After a scoreless first period, Victor Rask opened the game’s scoring with 7:34 left in the second period. Detroit neminder Petr Mrazek came out to play the puck in front of his cage but sent it right to Rask, who skated around him and put it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Jakub Kindl tied things up with 2:16 left in the period, firing a point shot through traffic and between Carolina goalie Cam Ward‘s pads.

Ron Hainsey scored a similar goal from the opposite side of the ice off a Detroit turnover to make it 2-1 at 4:35 of the third period.

An empty-net goal by Eric Staal closed out the game’s scoring.

Mrazek made 18 saves on 20 shots against. Ward stopped 25 of 26 chances faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal, with Detroit getting two tries with the man-advantage and Carolina three.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

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.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Canucks – 10/24

One day after shaking up their blue line in an effort to find some consistency, the Red Wings are forced to switch things up again in the face of injury. Headed into their matchup with the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit will be without Kyle Quincey and Mike Green.

Quincey is being held out due to concussion protocol after taking a high hit from Sam Bennett late in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. He finished the game but Alexey Marchenko – who will play his third game in four nights – has been called up to replace him in Vancouver.

Green suffered a shoulder injury on a first-period hit from Josh Jooris. He also finished the game. Jakub Kindl, who was a healthy scratch on Friday, will skate in Green’s place.

To make room for Marchenko, Brad Richards has been placed on short-term injured reserve. Richards has been out with a back injury that will be re-evaluated when the Red Wings return to Detroit.

While every defense pairing could see a change, the forward lines will be identical to those used against the Flames.

Petr Mrazek will get the start in goal with Jimmy Howard having gone on Friday night.

Game time is 10:00 PM on FSD.

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 Place Cleary on Waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed veteran forward Daniel Cleary on waivers at noon on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

With blueliner Jakub Kindl set to return from an eye infection, the Red Wings fifteen forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies, one player over the 23-man roster limit.

Cleary, 36, signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with Detroit in September. Last season with the Wings, he had two points in 17 games.

Should he clear waivers, Cleary would be eligible to be assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Larkin Makes Red Wings’ Lineup

Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill announced on Monday that 19-year-old rookie forward Dylan Larkin has made the team’s opening night lineup.

“We just felt, I specifically really felt, he makes us better,” Blashill said. “And to an exponential amount that we felt it was important he started on the team. We just felt he has earned the spot.”

Larkin, Detroit’s first pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at 15th overall, signed with the Red Wings after just one year at the University of Michigan. He appeared in six playoff games last spring for the Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring three goals and adding two assists. In five exhibition games with the Wings he scored three goals and one assist.

In Monday’s practice, Larkin skated on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Blashill cautioned that lines are subject to change before Friday’s opener.

With Larkin’s spot in Detroit solidified, veteran Daniel Cleary would appear to be the odd-man out. However, Cleary was not placed on waivers on Monday, instead defenseman Jakub Kindl was placed on short-term injured reserve, as the Red Wings attempt to get as close to the salary cap as possible before placing Pavel Datsyuk on long-term IR, to maximize its benefits. Teams must set their cap-compliant season-opening rosters by Tuesday at 5:00 PM but can make lineup changes after that point.

Larkin’s spot on the Detroit roster is not secured long-term, as both Datsyuk and Darren Helm will need a spot when they return from injury.


Andy Miele, Mitch Callahan, and Brian Lashoff all cleared waivers on Monday.

Pregame: Lightning @ Red Wings – Game 7

The Red Wings and the Lightning meet in Game Seven of their Atlantic Division Semifinal in Tampa tonight.

Detroit will enter the deciding game without two of their top six defensemen. Niklas Kronwall is suspended for one game for his hit on Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in Game Six while Marek Zidlicky is out with a concussion. Alexey Marchenko and Jakub Kindl will replace the pair in the lineup.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal for Detroit.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have never won only the odd-numbered games to win a series.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Lightning – Game 1

The Red Wings open up their their first-round matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and neither team will be entirely healthy.

Detroit is missing forward Justin Abdelkader, still nursing a sore hand, while Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison is out. The Red Wings are also without forwards Erik Cole and Johan Franzen, who are both out for the season.

Rookie goalie Petr Mrazek gets the nod for the Red Wings. Tampa starter Ben Bishop will also be making his first career playoff appearance, as he was injured for their playoff run last season.

Mrazek is joined by Landon Ferraro and Alexey Marchenko in making his first NHL playoff appearance. Daniel Cleary and Teemu Pulkkinen are the healthy scratches up front, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith are out on the blueline, and Jonas Gustavsson is the third goalie.

SSOTD: The Red Wings haven’t won in Tampa since February 17, 2011.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.