Red Wings Draft Local Center Larkin

With the fifteenth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Detroit Red Wings selected Waterford native Dylan Larkin on Friday night.

The 6’1″ Larkin scored 17 goals and added nine assists for 26 points in 26 games in the USHL for the Ann Arbor-based US National Development Team. He added 56 points in 60 games for the US National U18 team and four points in six games as the alternate captain for the United States’ entry at the World Junior Championships.

Larkin becomes Detroit’s highest draft pick since Martin Lapointe was selected at 10th overall in 1991.

Michael Petrella of The Production Line called Larkin the biggest of a handful of centers that would be available to the Wings and that he “will be playing most locally at the University of Michigan. The Wings are no strangers to collegiate prospects (Howard, Smith, DeKeyser, Nyquist, Abdelkader, Glendening, etc.) and that system has served them well.”

Alumni Showdown Roster Review

I’ve been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say “Who is that guy and why don’t I see a #28 listed on the roster?”

Well, it’s because the announced rosters weren’t the final rosters. A couple players were listed for one game and played in the other or were listed with different numbers or were listed and didn’t actually play. I went back through the player introductions to put together a complete list and I figured I’d share it out for posterity.

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
33 Doug Favell G
1 Mark Laforest G
1 Peter Ing G
4 Mike Pelyk D
4 Cory Cross D
33 Matt Martin D
3 Brad Marsh (A) D
4 Greg Hotham D
24 Dan Daoust F
21 Mark Osborne F
19 Bill Derlago F
9 Stew Gavin F
15 Pat Boutette F
12 Rob Pearson F
15 Claude Loiselle F
10 Brad May (A) F
14 Dave Reid F
19 Tom Fergus (A) F
26 Mike Krushelnyski F
7 Dave McLlwain F
8 Todd Warriner F
20 Mike Johnson F
16 Nikolai Borschevsky F
32 Lou Franceschetti F

On the Toronto side, Doug Favell wasn’t listed on the roster but did play. Jamie Macoun and Shayne Corson were listed but didn’t play. Mike Johnson wore #20 after being listed without a number.

For Detroit, Ken Holland was on the roster but did not play.

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
29 Mike Palmateer G
31 Curtis Joseph G
29 Felix Potvin G
24 Bryan McCabe (A) D
34 Jamie Macoun D
4 Dave Ellett D
15 Bob McGill D
33 Al Iafrate D
34 Bryan Berard D
27 Darryl Sittler (C) F
22 Rick Vaive (C) F
17 Wendel Clark (C) F
93 Doug Gilmour (C) F
14 Dave Andreychuk (A) F
16 Darcy Tucker (A) F
18 Kevin Maguire F
4 Gary Leeman (A) F
9 Russ Courtnall F
7 Gary Roberts (A) F
7 Lanny McDonald (A) F
22 Tiger Williams F
16 Mike Walton F
28 Tie Domi (A) F
11 Mike Gartner F
25 Joe Nieuwendyk (A) F
32 Steve Thomas (A) F
11 Steve Sullivan F

For Detroit, the only oddity was that Joe Kocur was introduced in and played the first period wearing Bob Probert‘s #24 jersey.

For the Leafs, several things were different. Macoun played after having been on the Game One roster. Curtis Joseph wore his usual #31 and Felix Potvin wore #29, having been listed with #35 and #36, respectively. Bryan McCabe wore #24 instead of #29. Up front, Gary Leeman wore #4 instead of #11, Tie Domi wore #28 instead of #20, and Mike Gartner wore #11 instead of #22.

As I said, compiling this list is nothing groundbreaking, I just wanted it to be documented somewhere so I figured I’d write it up.

Alumni Showdown Rosters

Possibly lost in the shuffle yesterday between the Griffins/Marlies tilt at Comerica Park, the Red Wings’ visit to Nashville, and other build-up to tomorrow’s Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Bill Roose had the rosters for Detroit’s two alumni teams for today’s Alumni Showdown.

Kocur was listed as wearing his usual #26 but announced that he would don #24 in honor of Bob Probert.

Red Wings, Maple Leafs Each Add Four to Alumni Showdown Rosters

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday the addition of four players to each of their rosters for the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on December 31.

The Red Wings have added Petr Klima, Dallas Drake, Garry Unger and Paul Ysebaert to their alumni roster.

Klima was one of the Red Wings many eastern European draft selections of the 1980s.  He was selected in the fifth round of the 1983 draft and defected from then-Czechoslovakia in 1985.  He played in 293 career games with the Red Wings before being dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in 1989.  After stints in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, he ended his NHL career with a return to the Red Wings for 13 games in the 1998-99 season.

Drake also started and ended his career with the Red Wings.  Selected by Detroit in the 1989 draft, he made his NHL debut for the 1992-93 season.  Drake was traded to the Winnpeg Jets the following year and moved with the team to Phoenix.  He played six seasons for the St. Louis Blues before returning to the Red Wings to close out his career with a Stanley Cup in 2008.

Like Drake, Unger also played for both the Blues and the Red Wings.  Acquired from the Maple Leafs during his rookie season of 1967-68, Unger would play parts of four season with Detroit before being dealt to St. Louis.  He played nine seasons with the Blues and closed out his career with campaigns for the Los Angeles and Edmonton.

Ysebaert played parts of three seasons with the Red Wings from 1990 to 1993.  He started his career with New Jersey before being traded to Detroit, then moved on to Winnipeg, Chicago and Tampa Bay.

The four players added by the Maple Leafs were Joe Niewendyk, Borje Salming, Frank Mahovlich and Mats Sundin.

The following players are confirmed to appear at the Alumni Showdown:

Red Wings
Red Berenson
Jimmy Carson
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Dallas Drake
Kris Draper
Sergei Fedorov
Petr Klima
Joe Kocur
Martin Lapointe
Igor Larionov
Ted Lindsay
Kirk Maltby
Darren McCarty
John Ogrodnick
Dennis Polonich
Mickey Redmond
Garry Unger
Luc Robitaille
Paul Ysebaert

Chris Chelios
Paul Coffey
Mathieu Dandenault
Jiri Fischer
Viacheslav Fetisov
Mark Howe
Vladimir Konstantinov
Larry Murphy
Aaron Ward

Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon

Maple Leafs
Dave Andreychuk
Wendel Clark
Russ Courtnall
Vincent Damphousse
Bill Derlago
Tie Domi
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Gary Leeman
Kevin Maguire
Frank Mahovlich
Brad May
Lanny McDonald
Joe Nieuwendyk
Gary Roberts
Darryl Sittler
Mats Sundin
Darcy Tucker
Rick Vaive
Tiger Williams

Dave Ellett
Jim McKenny
Bryan McCabe
Bob McGill
Borje Salming

Johnny Bower
Curtis Joseph
Mike Palmateer
Felix Potvin

Wings, Leafs Announce More Alumni Showdown Additions

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs announced seven more players who will appear in the Alumni Showdown between the two teams in December on Thursday.

The Red Wings added Aaron Ward, Red Berenson, Jimmy Carson and Dennis Polonich.

Ward started his career with the Red Wings in 1993-94 and played seven seasons with the team, winning the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2001.  He won another Cup with Carolina in 2006.  He closed out his career with four seasons split between the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, another stint with Carolina, and the Anaheim Ducks.

Berenson, the legendary University of Michigan head coach, spent parts of five seasons with the Red Wings in the 70s.  He also played for the Montreal Canadiens, Rangers, and St. Louis Blues over 987 career NHL games.

Carson played part of four season with the Wings in the early 1990s.  He started his career with the Los Angeles Kings before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers in the Wayne Gretzky deal.  The Oilers traded him to the Red Wings early in the 1989-90 season and the Wings sent him back to LA in 1993.  He closed out his NHL career with stints in Vancouver and Hartford, then retired from hockey after two years with the IHL’s Detroit Vipers.

Polonich played his entire NHL career in Detroit, serving as team captain during the 1976-77 season while Danny Grant was injured.  He was famously injured by Wilf Paiement of the Colorado Rockies in a 1978 game when Paiement smashed him in the face with his stick.  Polonich was sent down to the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings in 1983 and never made it back into the NHL.  He closed out his career with two season’s with the IHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in 1986 and 1987.

The Maple Leafs added Tie Domi, Brad May, and Dave “Tiger” Williams.  May and Williams also spent time with the Red Wings over their careers.

The following players are confirmed to appear at the Alumni Showdown:

Red Wings
Red Berenson
Jimmy Carson
Dino Ciccarelli
Alex Delvecchio
Kris Draper
Sergei Fedorov
Joe Kocur
Martin Lapointe
Igor Larionov
Ted Lindsay
Kirk Maltby
Darren McCarty
John Ogrodnick
Dennis Polonich
Mickey Redmond
Luc Robitaille

Chris Chelios
Paul Coffey
Mathieu Dandenault
Jiri Fischer
Viacheslav Fetisov
Mark Howe
Vladimir Konstantinov
Larry Murphy
Aaron Ward

Chris Osgood
Mike Vernon

Maple Leafs
Dave Andreychuk
Wendel Clark
Russ Courtnall
Vincent Damphousse
Bill Derlago
Tie Domi
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Gary Leeman
Kevin Maguire
Brad May
Lanny McDonald
Gary Roberts
Darryl Sittler
Darcy Tucker
Rick Vaive
Tiger Williams

Dave Ellett
Jim McKenny
Bryan McCabe
Bob McGill

Johnny Bower
Curtis Joseph
Mike Palmateer
Felix Potvin

Red Wings Announce Further Alumni Additions

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday the addition of three more former players to the team’s roster for the Alumni Showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 31 at Comerica Park.

Paul Coffey, Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe will appear for the Red Wings.

Coffey played 21NHL seasons, including parts of four with the Red Wings.  He won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman three times, one of which (1995) came during his time in Detroit.

Dandenault was part of the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup teams in 1997, 1998 and 2002.  A speedy forward who was converted to defense early in his career, he signed with his hometown Montreal Canadiens after the 2004-05 NHL lockout and retired in 2010.

Lapointe was also part of the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup teams, scoring the Cup-clinching goal in 1998.  After ten seasons with the Wings, he signed with the Boston Bruins in 2001.  He retired in 2008 after stints with the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators.

The Maple Leafs also announced three additions to their lineup: Lanny MacDonald, Gary Roberts and Bryan McCabe.

Red Wings Fall in Overtime to Blackhawks

After tying Friday’s game against Chicago in the final minute of regulation, the Detroit Red Wings were unable to hold off the Blackhawks in the extra period, falling, 3-2, to their Central Division rival.

Chicago won the game with a Patrick Sharp goal at 1:29 of the extra frame. Sharp carried into the Detroit zone and skated around a seemingly-tired Nicklas Lidstrom before cutting across the top of the crease and putting a shot under the stick of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.

The Red Wings had tied the game with 46 seconds remaining in regulation when Brendan Shanahan threw the puck at the crease from the right circle and Pavel Datsyuk was open to tip it into the far side of the net.

Detroit opened the scoring with 9:04 remaining in the first period when Steve Yzerman notched his 691st career goal, moving into sole possession of eighth place in NHL history.

Yzerman stole the puck in the Chicago zone and got it over to Jason Williams. The two criss-crossed through the slot and Williams got the puck back to Yzerman, who put a snap shot off Blackhawks’ netminder Nikolai Khabibulin and into the net.

Mark Cullen evened the game with 3:44 remaining in the second period with Detroit just having finished a successful penalty kill. Kyle Calder sent a pass from the right circle to Cullen on the far side of the crease for an easy tap-in goal.

Former Red Wing Martin Lapointe gave Chicago the lead with 5:29 remaining in regulation, taking a crossing pass on a three-on-one and one-timing it past Osgood.

Detroit finished the nights without a goal on three power play opportunities but also held the Blackhawks scoreless on four chances with the extra attacker.

Osgood made 31 saves on 34 shots while Khabibulin stopped 39 of 41 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will have Saturday off before visiting the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon for the third game of four in five days.

Red Wings Hold Off Chicago Comeback for 6-4 Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a third period comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, riding three goals in each of the first two periods to a 6-4 win over their longtime rivals.

The game, the first in a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights, saw Detroit captain Steve Yzerman net two goals and Brendan Shanahan add three assists.

The Blackhawks opened the game’s scoring just 1:08 in, when a long shot by former Red Wing Martin Lapointe bounced off the back boards to Matthew Barnaby at the side of the net, where he was open to bang a shot over Detroit goalie Manny Legace.

Detroit evened the game at 6:25, when Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin allowed a long rebound into the slot on a shot by Shanahan. Pavel Datsyuk pounced on it and put a shot over Khabibulin’s glove to get the Wings on the board.

Just 1:43 later, Yzerman’s first of the night gave the Red Wings their first lead. Robert Lang got his own rebound on a shot from Khabibulin’s right and sent a pass through the slot to Yzerman on the other side, wide open to put a shot into the gap to the Chicago goalie’s left side.

The Blackhawks tied the game with 7:57 remaining in the period, when Mikael Holmqvist banked a bad-angle shot off the side of Legace and into the net.

Detroit regained the lead 1:25 later. Henrik Zetterberg tried to split two defenders cutting through the slot but lost the puck. Mark Mowers followed him and picked up the loose puck, whipping a shot past Khabibulin.

The Red Wings extended their lead at 5:33 of the second period, just five seconds into a power play. Zetterberg won a faceoff in the Chicago zone and Pavel Datsyuk poked the puck back to Nicklas Lidstrom, who sent a pass along the blue line to Jason Williams. Williams fired from the right point and the shot was deflected right to Zetterberg for a tap-in.

Kris Draper scored 5:01 later on a rush with Datsyuk and Shanahan. Datsyuk carried the puck into the Chicago zone and held up at the top of the right circle as Draper went to the net. Datsyuk threaded a pass to Draper, who deflected it past Khabibulin.

After allowing five goals on just twenty shots, Khabibulin was pulled in favor of Craig Anderson.

With just 7.2 seconds remaining in the second and the Red Wings on a five-on-three, Steve Yzerman put Detroit up by four, picking the puck out of his skated off a rebound and lifting it over the sprawled Anderson.

Chicago goals by Patrick Sharp and Curtis Brown late in the second cut Detroit’s lead but weren’t enough to pull even.

With 6:23 remaining in the game, Sharp drove the net with the puck and slipped a shot under Legace’s pads.

Just 53 seconds later, Barnaby connected with Brown on a shorthanded goal for the final goal of the game.

Legace finished the game with 25 saves on 29 shots while Anderson made 25 saves on the 26 shots he faced in half a game of play.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped all three of Chicago’s power play attempts, although they did allow a shorthanded goal.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Chicago.


The Red Wings played the game in their white jerseys, rather than their “home reds,” and the Blackhawks wore their red sweaters.

Late Goals Lead Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored three late goals Friday night to come from behind and earn a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.

The Red Wings were trailing, 2-0, entering the final minute of regulation before notching goals with 39 and 7 seconds left in play to tie the game. They scored again with just tenths of a second left on the clock in overtime to earn the win.

With goaltender Chris Osgood on the bench for an extra attacker, Kris Draper scored Detroit’s first goal. Jason Woolley sent a hard pass from the blue line that Draper redirected in the slot past Chicago netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied the game for Detroit, putting a slap shot from the high slot into the net.

The Red Wings won the game on a disputed power play goal. In the game’s final second, Pavel Datsyuk took a pass at the side of the net from Jason Woolley and bounced a shot off the inside of Khabibulin’s pads and into the net.

The red goal light never went off and the official behind the goal signaled that time had run out but the goal was reviewed. The video goal judge determined that the puck was in the net before the clock ran out and the Red Wings left with the victory.

Chicago had opened the scoring in the first on a goal by Tyler Arnason. With 40 seconds left in the period, Mark Bell drove the Detroit net and a sprawling Osgood poked the puck away. It came out to Arnason, who was open to lift it over Osgood to put the Blackhawks up by a goal.

Former Red Wing Martin Lapointe extended the Chicago lead with 5:51 remaining in the second. The Blackhawks converted a Detroit turnover into a 3-on-1 and Lapointe carried the puck into the Red Wings’ zone. He sent it to Matthew Barnaby before heading to the side of the goal. Barnaby sent it back and Lapointe was open to tip it in, putting the Blackhawks up, 2-0.

The game marked the first time this season that the Red Wings headed to overtime in consecutive games, also having played an extra period on Tuesday against Columbus.

The Red Wings were outshot 24-17 across the first two periods before taking 17 third period shots and holding the Blackhawks to five. Osgood finished the game with 29 saves on 31 shots while Khabibulin stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced.

Detroit scored on one of their six power play chances and held the Blackhawks without a goal on their three power play opportunities.

After the NHL’s Christmas break, the Red Wings return to action when they visit the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.


Mikael Samuelsson was out with a leg injury but Mathieu Schneider returned to the lineup after missing one game with a charley horse. Defenseman Jamie Rivers remained in the lineup as the Red Wings opted to use seven defensemen and only eleven forwards.