Jurco Assigned to Griffins for Conditioning

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that forward Tomas Jurco has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Jurco, 22, has appeared in only four of the Red Wings’ 18 games this season, notching a lone assist. He has been a healthy scratch behind Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, and most recently Andreas Athanasiou.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (35th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jurco has appeared in 103 career games with the Red Wings, scoring 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. In 106 career AHL games with the Griffins, he scored 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points.

Jurco’s conditioning assignment cannot extend for more than 14 days. The Griffins play six times in that span.

Pregame: Stars @ Red Wings – 11/8

The Red Wings get one player back and possibly lose another on Sunday as they host the Western Conference leading Dallas Stars.

Defenseman Mike Green will make his return from injury, presumably replacing Alexey Marchenko in the lineup. Up front, with Landon Ferraro (among others) banged up, Andreas Athanasiou has been called up to make his NHL debut.

Kyle Quincey (ankle) was placed on injured reserve to make room for Athanasiou on the roster.

The mid-afternoon start means no morning skate for Detroit. Head coach Jeff Blashill said that the team’s roster would be determined after pre-game warmups. Jimmy Howard is the presumed starting goalie.

Stupid stat of the day: Since the 2005 NHL lockout, the Red Wings are 6-3-1 in games played at Joe Louis Arena starting at 3:00 PM.

Game time is 3:00 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.

Pregame: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 10/27

Back home from their Western Canadian road trip, the Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Less than a month into the season, it will be the third and final matchup between the two teams. The Red Wings won their first meeting in Raleigh while the Hurricanes claimed the meeting in Detroit.

The Red Wings will remain significantly shorthanded, as they were in Vancouver on Saturday. Blueliner Mike Green will be out two to three weeks with an upper-body injury and defenseman Kyle Quincey is out for at least a week undergoing concussion protocol. Brad Richards also remains on injured reserve with a back injury, in addition to Johan Franzen (concussion) and Pavel Datsyuk (ankle).

Detroit makes one lineup change up front, with Tomas Jurco replacing Landon Ferraro on the fourth line.

Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal.

Game time is 7:30 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.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Canadiens – 10/17

Fresh off their first loss of the season, a 5-3 embarrassment to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Detroit Red Wings travel to Montreal to visit the unbeaten Canadiens.

The Red Wings will have some fresh faces in the lineup for the matchup. Joakim Andersson, a healthy scratch for the previous four games, will make his first appearance of the season. Joining him on the fourth line will be Darren Helm as he returns from a shoulder injury and concussion. Danny DeKeyser will skate on a blue line pairing with Mike Green, having recovered from his ankle injury.

To make room for the trio, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, and Brendan Smith will be healthy scratches.

Petr Mrazek will get the start in goal for Detroit, his second of the season.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have lost six consecutive games to the Canadiens. Their longest losing streak to Montreal is seven games.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD. I’ll be appearing on Montreal Hockey Talk at about 6:20 PM for pre-game coverage.

Red Wings Down Lightning in Playoff Rematch

Almost six months after the Lightning bounced the Red Wings from the playoffs, Detroit defeated Tampa Bay, 3-1, in their first meeting of the 2015-16 season.

After a scoreless first period, Gustav Nyquist got the Red Wings on the board with 2:08 left in the middle frame. Twelve seconds into a power play, Nyquist snapped a shot from the left faceoff dot over the shoulder of Lightning netminder Ben Bishop.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 at 8:25 of the third period. Dylan Larkin fed Zetterberg in the high slot for a shot through a screen by Justin Abdelkader and past Bishop to extend Detroit’s lead.

Tampa Bay cut the lead back to a single goal with 8:57 left in regulation. A set play off an offensive-zone faceoff win got the puck to Ryan Callahan at the top of the left circle to snap a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, the first goal against Howard all season.

Kyle Quincey added an empty net goal to round out the game’s scoring and end Tampa’s comeback hopes.

Each team finished the night with three power play chances. Detroit scored on one of theirs while Tampa Bay went without a goal.

Howard made 20 saves on 21 shots. Bishop made 21 saves on 23 shots faced.

The Red Wings look to make it four wins in a row to start the season on Friday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.


Johan Franzen was a late scratch for the Red Wings. He was replaced in the lineup by Landon Ferraro, who was going to be out of the lineup to make room for Tomas Jurco‘s first appearance of the season.

Pregame: Lightning @ Red Wings – 10/13

The Detroit Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, facing off against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.

The Lightning are coming off of their first win of the season in a matinee game against the Boston Bruins on Monday. Detroit is unbeaten after a comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Detroit’s lineup will feature two changes from the game in Carolina, as Jimmy Howard takes his turn in goal (replacing Petr Mrazek) and Tomas Jurco makes his first appearance of the season, replacing Landon Ferraro.

Stupid stat of the game: The Red Wings are 17-29-5 all-time in their first game of the season against the team that eliminated them from the playoff the previous year.

Game time is 7:30 PM on NBCSN.

Red Wings Sign Cleary to One-Year Deal

The Detroit Red Wings announced late on Friday the signing of veteran forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year deal.

The contract is reportedly a two-way deal for $950,000. The entire amount of the contract would come off of the Red Wings’ salary cap if Cleary were assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Cleary, 36, is coming off a season that saw him play just 17 games, scoring a goal and an assist while on a contract that paid him $2.5 million.

The deal is reportedly the result of a handshake agreement between Cleary and Detroit general manager Ken Holland two years ago. Supposedly, at the urging of then-head coach Mike Babcock, Holland promised Cleary a series of one-year deals to match the three-year offer he was rumored to be mulling from the Philadelphia Flyers. Such an agreement, however, is expressly forbidden by the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA.

With the signing, the Red Wings now have 20 forwards who would have to clear waivers to be sent to the Griffins to start the season, though two of those players are Andy Miele and Eric Tangradi, who were specifically signed for Grand Rapids. Another, Louis-Marc Aubry, is unlikely to get a shot with the Red Wings. This leaves Cleary, Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, and Mitch Callahan fighting for the final roster spots.

Red Wings Re-Up Ferraro

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday the signing of restricted free agent forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year deal.

As per club policy, financial terms were not announced. The contract is reportedly a two-way deal that will pay Ferraro $600,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 if he plays in the AHL. Ferraro’s waiver exemption ended last season, meaning he would have to be made available to the rest of the NHL before he could be sent down to the AHL.

Ferraro, 23, was originally a second-round draft pick (32nd overall) by the Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with Detroit during the 2013-14 season, playing four games with the club. He spent the final three games of the 2014-15 season with the Red Wings and stuck with the team for all seven playoff games. He scored his first career NHL goal on April 11 in Carolina.

In 70 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins last season, Ferraro had 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points.