Red Wings Deal Newbury to Rangers for Owens

The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Kris Newbury to the New York Rangers for forward Jordan Owens.

Newbury spent most of the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins but was called up to Detroit for four games, scoring his lone goal of the season on his second shift with the Wings.

The 23-year-old Owens has yet to make his NHL debut, spending his pro career with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. He was undrafted, signing with the Rangers in 2007 after a 74-point campaign with the OHL’s Mississauga IceDogs.

Red Wings Send Newbury to Griffins, Recall Ritola

The Detroit Red Wings assigned forward Kris Newbury to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the team announced on Monday.

This leaves the Red Wings with only eleven healthy forwards. Mattias Ritola will be called up from Grand Rapids to fill the open position.

“We’ve lost two in a row, and we liked what we saw from Ritola in training camp this year,” general manager Ken Holland said. “Newbury gave us a good little push there, but you know, we are going to try something else… Shake it up a little.”

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

The Red Wings head to Dallas for an afternoon matchup against the Stars today. It’s the first true afternoon game of the season, with the Sweden games having been night games for the teams but afternoon games for us fans back home, and we know how I feel about afternoon hockey.

Darren Helm returns to the Detroit lineup today. Depending on how you want to think about it, he either replaces the now-injured Henrik Zetterberg or he slides back into his old spot and Kris Newbury shifts over to replace Zata. I prefer not to think about it at all.

Jimmy Howard gets yet another start in net for the Wings, with Chris Osgood set to go tomorrow against Chicago. Marty Turco gets the nod for the Stars.

Zetterberg Joins Wings’ Walking Wounded

So Henrik Zetterberg is set to have an MRI on his injured shoulder. I’m not a doctor or anything but I can’t recall any time when someone was sent bad enough to have tests done only for them to turn around and say “All clear, he’ll be back tomorrow.”

In short, Zata’s gonna miss some time even if he’s just sore.

Let’s do this math. NHL teams dress twenty players for every game. Two of those are goalies, leaving eighteen skaters.

Andreas Lilja. Johan Franzen. Valtteri Filppula. Jason Williams. Niklas Kronwall. Dan Cleary. Darren Helm. Jonathan Ericsson. Henrik Zetterberg.

That’s nine skaters right there. Nine. Going into Saturday’s game in Dallas you can expect the Red Wings to be playing with a roster half made up of players who weren’t even supposed to be on this team.

Justin Abdelkader was supposed to spend the season in Grand Rapids. Kris Newbury and Doug Janik have spent most of the season there. Brad May wasn’t even signed to an NHL contract when the Red Wings opened the season in Stockholm. Drew Miller – who scored a beautiful goal Thursday night against Tampa Bay – was playing for the Lightning when the season kicked off.

And yet the Red Wings sit six points ouf of first place in the Western Conference with three games in hand.

How insane is that?

Red Wings Win Game, Lose Ericsson

The Detroit Red Wings downed the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night but lost yet another key player to injury as defenseman Jonathan Ericsson left the game early.

Ericsson injured his knee in a collision with Phoenix’s Shane Doan late in the first period. The Coyotes scored their first goal of the game while Ericsson was down on the ice.

With Darren Helm already out, Ericsson became the eighth Red Wing missing from the Detroit lineup as the game continued.

Helm’s replacement, Kris Newbury, scored the game’s opening goal just 5:25 into the game. Newbury banged the puck past Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov off a centering feed.

Patrick Eaves added a shorthanded goal with 9:23 left in the period, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Bryzgalov on a rush.

The Coyotes pulled pulled back to within a goal with 4:52 left in the first. After Ericsson fell to the ice from the hit by Doan, the Red Wings could not regain control of the puck in their own end of the ice, ending with Taylor Pyatt putting it past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on the open side of the net.

Derek Meech restored the two-goal lead for Detroit at 2:05 of the second, firing a shot from just inside the blue line that seemed to fool Bryzgalov, slipping through his glove.

Radim Verbata put the Coyotes back within a goal with 37 seconds remaining in the second period but the Wings held on through a scoreless third to preserve the lead and get the win.

Howard finished the night with 30 saves on 32 Phoenix shots. Bryzgalov stopped 29 of 32 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had four tries with the extra attacker while the Coyotes had three.


Ericsson will be reevaluated on Tuesday. In addition to him, the Red Wings are missing Andreas Lilja, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary and Darren Helm.

Helm Out vs. Phoenix

You asked for it, you got it. More injuries!

Darren Helm is out tonight with a wrist injury. He apparently suffered it on Saturday but is unable to go today. Kris Newbury has been called up from Grand Rapids.

Meanwhile, the Chief points out that Aaron Ward is on waivers. Part of me says “Why the hell not?” but part of me says “If Carolina is waiving him he can’t be that much better than Lebda.”

Abdelkader Gets His Chance to Impress

The Red Wings appear to be giving Justin Abdelkader every chance to impress them this preseason. The lineup for tonight’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres reveals he will be making his third appearance in as many games for Detroit.

Abdelkader has two goals and three points through the first two preseason games. He started Friday night’s game against the New York Rangers on the top line centering Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary before switching placed with Valtteri Filppula to center Jason Williams and Ville Leino.

Tonight he’ll be back between Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves, as he was on Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Tonight’s expected lines are as follows:

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukTomas Holmstrom
Kris Draper-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
Tomas TatarKris NewburyFrancis Pare
John VigilanteFrancis LemieuxJeremy Williams

Nicklas LidstromJakub Kindl
Logan PyettBrian Rafalski
Jonathan EricssonBrett Lebda

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal and is expected to play the entire game. Thomas McCollum will be the backup.

Tonight’s game is the first of the preseason to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.

I’ll be at the game but I’ll check into the gameday thread when I can.

Red Wings Kick Off Preseason Schedule Tonight

The Red Wings kick off their preseason schedule tonight, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers less than 24 hours after wrapping up training camp with the Red and White Game Monday night in Traverse City.

Detroit will use two rosters to start the exhibition schedule. The Red team featuring Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Nicklas Lidstrom will get the nod tonight. The White team with Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary and Niklas Kronwall will play on Friday against the New York Rangers.

It looks like there will be no live media coverage of tonight’s game. It will not be televised in Detroit or Philadelphia and it looks like radio coverage is out as well.

Tonight’s Red team lineup is as follows:

Johan Franzen-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Holmstrom
Kris DraperJustin AbdelkaderPatrick Eaves
Mattias RitolaKris NewburyJan Mursak
Johan Ryno-Cory EmmertonJeremy Williams

Nicklas Lidstrom-Jakub Kindl
Derek MeechBrian Rafalski
Jonathan Ericsson-Andy Delmore

Jimmy Howard
Daniel Larsson

A note… If you see images from tonight’s game and wonder what’s wrong with the Wings’ jerseys, the answer is nothing. Every preseason the Wings use sweaters with names straight across the shoulders rather than the arched names they use during the regular season. Every season people forget about that and think a big change has been made.

Numbers Game 2009: Camp Roster Set

Red Wings Central has published Detroit’s training camp roster and this year there aren’t a lot of surprises with the sweater numbers players will be wearing.

Todd Bertuzzi will keep the #44 he has worn for most of his career, including during his first stint in Detroit. Newcomer Patrick Eaves, who also typically wears that number, has taken #17.

Jason Williams, also in his second run with Detroit, returns to his familiar #29.

Depth defenseman Andy Delmore did not take the #15 he wore last time he was in camp with the Wings, instead going with #4 as his usual #5 is taken by Nicklas Lidstrom.

Doug Janik has inherited Mikael Samuelsson‘s #37, while other newcomers Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams will wear #32 and #15, respectively.

No returning Red Wings regulars have switched numbers.