Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Chris Osgood and Andreas Lilja will take to the ice for the Red Wings tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Lilja returns to the lineup after a night off on Tuesday and Osgood is making his scheduled start in the team’s goalie rotation.

To make room for Lilja, Chris Chelios is once again a healthy scratch.

After missing Wednesday’s practice with a sore hip, Valtteri Filppula will play tonight. Filppula suffered the injury during the Red Wings’ 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets.

The Stars are an injured team, currently without Sergei Zubov, Brendan Morrow, Fabian Brunnstrom and Joel Lundqvist.

Marty Turco will get the start in net for Dallas.

Stars Comeback Continues with 2-1 Win in Detroit

The Dallas Stars caught the Detroit Red Wings on bad line changes twice on Saturday and it was all they needed, scoring both times to pick up a 2-1 win and pull back within a game in the Western Conference Finals, with the series now at 3-2.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco won for the first time in his career at Joe Louis Arena, making 38 saves and picking up an assist in the effort.

Trevor Daley got the Stars on the board at 9:21 of the first period. The Red Wings were slow to make a line change and Turco moved the puck quickly on a dump in, getting it to Niklas Hagman who moved it up to Brad Richards on an odd-man rush. Richards dropped it off to Daley who snapped it past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood from the slot.

The Red Wings responded on a power play with 4:30 left in the period. Valtteri Filppula worked the puck from down low up to Niklas Kronwall at the top of the right circle. Kronwall sent a shot intentionally wide for Jiri Hudler to redirect on net. Turco made the stop on the redirection but Hudler banged in the rebound.

At 6:04 of the second period, Chris Chelios left the ice for an ill-timed change and Turco took advantage again, sending a long pass to Joel Lundqvist to put the Stars in on a two-on-one. Lundqvist kept the puck and rifled it past Osgood to put Dallas back in the lead.

Neither team would score for the remainder of the game.

Osgood stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced.

The Red Wings went one-for-three on the power play while the Stars were scoreless on four tries.

Game Six will be in Dallas on Monday night.

Kronwall Out with Fractured Hip

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Saturday that they will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall for one to two months.

For Kronwall, who suffered the injury 24 seconds into Friday’s loss to the Dallas Stars, it likely means an end to his season.

“It’s a tough break for Niklas and our team,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “Dealing with adversity is part of the NHL playoffs. We still feel we have good depth on defense.”

Kronwall was injured on a hit by Stars’ forward Joel Lundqvist. After the hit, Kronwall fell to the ice and stayed there until he was helped off by Chris Chelios and Valtteri Filppula.

It is the third major injury in Kronwall’s young career. He suffered a broken leg that ended the 2003-04 season for him and a knee injury that kept him out of much of the 2005-06 campaign.

The Red Wings will also be without captain Nicklas Lidstrom for Sunday’s matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lidstrom has a slight back sprain and is expected to miss only one game.

“Given what’s occurred over the last 24 hours, we’re not going to take any chances,” Holland said.

To help fill the void, the Red Wings called Kyle Quincey up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Stars Bounce Back for Shootout Win over Red Wings

The Dallas Stars scored three times in final ten minutes of regulation on Friday night, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to the Detroit Red Wings before scoring the lone shootout goal to earn a 4-3 win.

Sergei Zubov roofed a shot over Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek in the second round of the shootout for the eventual game-winner.

The Stars were held scoreless until only 8:59 remained in the third, when a backhander from the slot by Brendan Morrow just trickled under Hasek and into the net for a power play goal.

With 3:29 remaining in regulation, Mike Ribeiro pulled Dallas to within one. A shot from the point by Nolan Baumgartner was pushed to the other side of the crease by Loui Eriksson and Ribeiro banged it home.

Just 47 seconds later, Philippe Boucher scored to even things up.

The Red Wings had controlled the play in the first two periods as they tallied three goals.

Todd Bertuzzi scored his first goal as a Red Wing at 7:04 of the opening period. Bertuzzi threw an attempted pass through the slot but it bounced off the stick of a Dallas defender and over netminder Mike Smith.

Kirk Maltby extended Detroit’s lead to two just 1:08 into the second, firing a shot from the bottom of the right circle that snuck past several defenders and through Smith’s pads.

Kris Draper finished Detroit’s scoring with 5:28 left in the period, taking a long lead pass from Mathieu Schneider and scoring on the breakaway.

After allowing Dallas’ three third-period goals, the Red Wings turned it up in overtime but were unable to score, despite outshooting the Stars 8-0.

Each team had five power play opportunities. Morrow’s goal was the lone tally with the man-advantage.

Both Hasek and Smith faced 34 shots, stopping 31.

The point for the shootout loss lifts Detroit to the top of the Central Division and Western Conference standings, breaking a tie with the Nashville Predators, who face Dallas on Saturday.

The Red Wings’ next game will be on Sunday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first game of a home-and-home series.


The Red Wings were without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who suffered a hip injury on a hit by Joel Lundqvist on the first shift of the game.