NHLPA Charity Game Rosters Announced

Per the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff, rosters for Saturday’s “Rock Out the Lockout” NHLPA charity game in Windsor have been announced.

Team Red
Justin Abdelkader, #8 (Detroit Red Wings)
David Clarkson, #23 (New Jersey Devils)
Johan Franzen, #93 (Detroit Red Wings)
David Legwand, #11 (Nashville Predators)
Jamal Mayers, #22 (Chicago Blackhawks)
Steve Ott, #29 (Buffalo Sabres)
Mikael Samuelsson, #37 (Detroit Red Wings)
Drew Stafford, #21 (Buffalo Sabres)
Thomas Vanek, #26 (Buffalo Sabres)
Kyle Wellwood, #13 (Winnipeg Jets)
Kevin Westgarth, #19 (Los Angeles Kings)

Jonathan Ericsson, #52 (Detroit Red Wings)
Niklas Kronwall, #55 (Detroit Red Wings)
Jordan Leopold, #3 (Buffalo Sabres)
Nick Schultz, #55 (Edmonton Oilers)
James Wisniewski, #21 (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Jonas Gustavsson, #50 (Detroit Red Wings)
Michael Leighton, #49 (Philadelphia Flyers)

Team Black
Todd Bertuzzi, #44 (Detroit Red Wings)
Adam Burish, #37 (San Jose Sharks)
Dan Cleary, #11 (Detroit Red Wings)
Matt Ellis, #37 (Buffalo Sabres)
Cory Emmerton, #48 (Detroit Red Wings)
Darren Helm, #43 (Detroit Red Wings)
Shawn Horcoff, #10 (Edmonton Oilers)
Matt Martin, #17 (New York Islanders)
Brenden Morrow, #10 (Dallas Stars)
James Neal, #18 (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Sergei Samsonov, #14

Trevor Daley, #6 (Dallas Stars)
Mike Komisarek, #8 (Toronto Maple Leafs)
John-Michael Liles, #24 (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Jeff Petry, #58 (Edmonton Oilers)
Ian White, #18 (Detroit Red Wings)
Ryan Wilson, #44 (Colorado Avalanche)

Jimmy Howard, #35 (Detroit Red Wings)

All players will be available for a free autograph session in the WFCU Centre concourse from 4:45 – 5:30 PM. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.

Update, 12/8 – 10:10 AM: Event co-organizer Steve Ott tweeted a full roster including jersey numbers this morning. There will be overlapping numbers in some cases. On Team Red, Drew Stafford and James Wisniewski will wear #21 while Niklas Kronwall and Nick Schultz will wear #55. For Team Black, Todd Bertuzzi and Ryan Wilson will both wear #44, Shawn Horcoff and Brendon Morrow will both wear #10, and James Neal and Ian White will both wear #18.

Red Wings – Avalanche Pregame Notes

The Red Wings look to snap their streak of losses in the second of back-to-back games tonight as they visit the Colorado Avalanche one night after defeating the St. Louis Blues.

Detroit is 5-5-1 on the back half of games on consecutive nights this season. All eleven of those games were played on the road.

Ty Conklin gets the start with Chris Osgood having gone last night. The only other change for the Wings is defenseman Derek Meech‘s return to the forward ranks to fill the spot opened by Marian Hossa‘s injury.

The Avalanche will play their first game without Jordan Leopold, having dealt him to Calgary at today’s trade deadline. He was the only player either team cut loose today.

Red Wings Break Through Avalanche Defense for Win

The Colorado Avalanche made little to no effort at playing an offensive game Friday night, focusing on defensive play that stifled the Detroit Red Wings for almost 58 minutes but it wasn’t enough, with the Red Wings scoring twice in the final 2:20 to pick up a 2-0 win.

Colorado’s sacrifice of offense led to the Avalanche having taken only four shots through the first two periods of play.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 2:20 left in regulation to get Detroit on the board. Zetterberg wrapped around from behind the net and put a shot on goal that deflected off the stick of Jordan Leopold and flipped over goalie Peter Budaj.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal with 13 seconds left to ice the game for the Red Wings.

Colorado finished the night with 15 shots, all of which were stopped by Detroit’s Dominik Hasek for his fourth shutout of the season and the 80th of his career.

Budaj stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Boston Bruins.

An apparent goal by Colorado late in the second period was negated when the referees determined that Scott Hannan interfered with Dominik Hasek in the crease. The play would have been the fifth shot of the game for the Avalanche.

Two Red Wings Named U.S. Olympians

Detroit Red Wings defensemen Chris Chelios and Mathieu Schneider were two of the 23 players named to the United States’ mens ice hockey rosrer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The roster for the team was announced on Monday.

Chelios, along with Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, will be making his fourth trip to the Olympics. He was previously named to Team USA in 1984, 1998 and 2002, as well as for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.

“There’s no doubt the intangibles Chris Chelios brings to any team have to be discussed,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “We brought him back for his ability to play, but also because of his leadership and competitiveness. When he’s on your team, he believes your team is going to win, and he has an impact on the players around him.”

“I feel very lucky at my age and am looking forward to the challenge,” said Chelios, who will turn 44 in January.

Schneider, seemingly a lock for the team after his strong play in the 2003-04 season and early this year, will be making his second Olympic appearance for the United States. He was named to Team USA for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but did not make the team in 2002. He also played for Team USA at the World Cup in 1996 and 2004.

“With his ability to skate and handle the puck… the way he played two years ago and this year, it became pretty obvious that he had to be on the team,” Holland said.

“We think our depth on defense is as good as it’s ever been,” Team USA general manager Don Waddell said.

Almost half of the team has ties to Michigan, either having come from the state, played for the Red Wings, or played for one of the area’s college teams.

The full roster is as follows:

Goaltenders (3)
Rick DiPietro
Robert Esche
John Grahame

Defensemen (7)
Chris Chelios
Derian Hatcher
Jordan Leopold
John-Michael Liles
Aaron Miller
Brian Rafalski
Mathieu Schneider

Forwards (13)
Jason Blake
Erik Cole
Craig Conroy
Chris Drury
Brian Gionta
Scott Gomez
Bill Guerin
Mike Knuble
Mike Modano
Mark Parrish
Brian Rolston
Keith Tkachuk
Doug Weight

U.S. Edges Canada in Exhibition

In a pre-World Cup exhibition matchup, the United States defeated Canada, 3-1, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Canadian team was without captain Mario Lemieux, who decided to sit out the game.

Canada opened the game’s scoring with a goal by Atlanta Thrashers’ forward Dany Heatley halway through the first period. They held the lead until the game’s midway point thanks to solid goaltending from Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

Florida Panther Roberto Luongo replaced Brodeur and the Dallas Stars’ Bill Guerin scored to even the game at 10:25 of the second. Brian Rolston of the Boston Bruins scored with 58 seconds left in the period to put the United States on top.

Calgary Flame Jordan Leopold added a third period goal – assisted by Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios – for the Americans and Canada was unable to score against New York Islander Rick DiPietro, replaced Edmonton Oiler Ty Conklin in net at the start of the second period.

“It’s U.S.-Canada,” Guerin said. “They’re our biggest rivals. We’re theirs. This means a lot for both teams, whether it’s exhibition or not. You have to be ready.”

One of Those Nights: Flames Get 4-1 Win over Wings

It was just one of those nights for the Red Wings: passes weren’t connecting, shots were going just wide of the net, skaters wound up just barely offside. You know. that kind of night. Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames were having the other kind of night, the kind when every shot goes into the net, the passes are just right, and each skater manages to be just out of the way of the other team’s checking. And so, the Red Wings took a 4-1 loss at the hands of Calgary.

The Flames are far from being a fluke team (they’ve beaten some of the top teams in the NHL recently in their push for playoff positioning), but it took a couple of flukey goals to give them the confidence they needed to beat Detroit. Stephane Yelle was first on the board at 6:49 of the first period. Henrik Zetterberg and Kirk Maltby had an accidental collision in the defensive zone, allowing Yelle to sneak in on the left side then cut to the net. When Jordan Leopold shoveled a centering pass out from the right corner, Yelle deflected the puck into the net with his left skate. Manny Legace protested that Yelle had kicked the puck, but the video goal judge ruled that there was no clear kicking motion.

Steve Montador scored the eventual game winner early in the second period. His shot from the blue line hit the crossbar, then the goalpost, then bounced into the net. Legace had been screened by Jamie Rivers and Marcus Nilson, so couldn’t see the puck until it was too late.

Calgary increased their lead just 29 seconds later. Chuck Kobasew carried the puck up the right side, chased by Steve Yzerman. Kobasew attempted to draw a hooking penalty, so Yzerman backed off to avoid the call””just enough so that Kobasew was able to send a pass through the goal crease. Meanwhile, Matthew Lombardi had been pushing towards the net under the watchful eye of Jiri Fischer. Fischer turned his back on Lombardi just as Kobasew’s pass came through the crease, and Lombardi was able to deflect the puck past Legace. Kirk Maltby beat Miikka Kiprusoff and got Detroit into the game with a screened wrist shot late in the second, but Craig Conroy negated that momentum shift with a goal off a two-on-one rush 44 seconds before the end of the period.

The Red Wings tried to break out of their funk in the third period, but again, the passes failed to click. Or the shots went just wide of the net. Kiprusoff was easily able to stop the seven third period shots which did make it through, keeping the lead for his team.

Detroit outshot Calgary by a count of 26 to 18. This was the Red Wings’ last home game for awhile: they open a five game road trip on Thursday evening when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.

The good news: Kris Draper and Pavel Datsyuk both participated in this morning’s skate. The bad news: Derian Hatcher left the game in the third period with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Shorthanded Wings Hold Off Flames

The Detroit Red Wings, already without defensemen Derian Hatcher, Chris Chelios and Jason Woolley and goaltenders Curtis Joseph and Dominik Hasek, lost center Kris Draper to injury during Wednesday’s morning skate and swingman Matheiu Dandenault in the first period of their matchup with the Calgary Flames. They still were able to build up a lead over Calgary and hold off a late-game push to get two much-needed points.

Draper is expected out for a month with a partially torn rotator cuff suffered when he collided with Joseph during the morning skate. Dandenault broke his right foot blocking a shot by Robyn Regehr late in the first period and is expected out for four-to-six weeks.

The Red Wings have battled injuries all season and were able to quickly adjust to having a depleted lineup.

After starting out slowly in the first period, Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring with 7:11 remaining in the second period. Zetterberg drove the net and picked up the rebound from a Mathieu Schneider shot. After bouncing a chance off Calgary goalie Roman Turek’s pads, he got his own rebound and knocked it into the net.

Mark Mowers, taken out of the Detroit lineup when the Red Wings traded for Robert Lang but brought back in when Draper went down, scored the eventual game-winner 8:02 into the third period. Breaking into the Calgary zone, Mowers flipped the puck past Flames’ defenseman Jordan Leopold and picked it up after breaking by him, effectively passing to himself. He broke in alone on Turek and lifted a backhander over his shoulder to put the Red Wings up by two.

Jarome Iginla pulled Calgary to within one with 4:59 remaining but the Flames couldn’t even things up.

Turek finished the game with 20 saves on 22 shots in net for the Flames, while Detroit’s Manny Legace stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

The Red Wings are next in action Friday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

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