Red Wings Rout Bruins in Preseason Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored eight times on Thursday night, getting goals from eight different players en route to a 8-2 preseason victory over the Bruins in Boston.

Boston prospect goalie Malcolm Subban allowed all eight Detroit goals, facing 27 shots on the night. Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first two periods before being replaced by Tom McCollum for the third.

Justin Abdelkader opened the game’s scoring on the power play at 5:01 of the first period, kicking a rebound chance from his skate to his stick at the top of the crease and knocking the puck past Subban.

Grand Rapids Griffins forward David McIntyre made it 2-0 with 3:53 remaining in the period when he lifted a backhander into the net in a goal-mouth scramble on a delayed penalty.

Henrik Zetterber’s slapper from the high slot off a feed from the left wing by Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-0 at 3:28 of the second period and Danny DeKeyser made it 4-0 at 9:17 when he snapped a shot past Subban from down low in the right circle.

Jarome Iginla finally got the Bruins on the board with 8:13 left in the middle period. Matt Bartkowski sent the puck from the left wing to the front of the net and Iginla redirected it past Howard with his skate.

Daniel Cleary started Detroit’s four-goal third period on a two-on-one with Tomas Tatar. Cleary grabbed a loose puck in the Detroit zone and carried it the length of the ice down the right wing before cutting to the net and shoveling a backhander past Subban.

Nick Johnson would score the only goal against McCollum with 8:28 remaining, taking a pass in the high slot and faking around Datsyuk to cut to the front of the net and roof a backhander over the goaltender.

Niklas Kronwall would respond with a power play goal just 1:24 later, firing a blast from the blue line that deflected off the stick of Daniel Paille in the slot on its way past Subban.

Only 32 seconds after that, Joakim Andersson golfed the rebound of a Gustav Nyquist shot in behind Subban to make it 7-2.

Datsyuk would round out the scoring with 5:47 remaining, taking a long stretch pass from Zetterberg to break in on Subban all alone and beat him top shelf.


The Red Wings were without forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen, who were allowed to rest minor injuries… Earlier in the day Patrick Eaves suffered a leg injury in practice… Jakub Kindl left the game early with a hip flexor… Before the game, forward Teemu Pulkkinen was suspended for four preseason games for boarding in Tuesday’s game in Chicago.

Red Wings Blanked by Blackhawks in Exhibition

One night after a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Detroit’s second game of their eight-game preseason schedule.

The Red Wings played without Johan Franzen, who was kept out of the lineup with a hip flexor. They also lost the services of forwards Teemu Pulkkinen and MItch Callahan. Both were ejected for boarding, with Pulkkinen out just 2:16 in to the game and Callahan at 2:20 of the second period.

Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored just 1:09 apart late in the middle period to provide all the game’s scoring. Sharp snapped a shot past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson with 3:23 remaining and Smith deflected a chance by Jimmy Hayes with 2:14 left.

Gustavsson finished the night with 21 saves on 23 shots in two periods of play. Jared Coreau stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. Corey Crawford made 19 saves to earn the shutout for Chicago.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – 9/17

Coming off a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh last night, the Red Wings move on to face the Blackhawks in Chicago tonight.

The red team gets the nod this time around, with the lineup looking as follows:

Todd BertuzziStephen WeissDaniel Alfredsson
Gustav NyquistRiley SheahanTomas Jurco
Teemu PulkkinenAndreas AthanasiouMitch Callahan
Drew MillerCory EmmertonPatrick Eaves

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson
Nathan PaetschBrian Lashoff
Xavier Oulette – Ryan Sproul

Jonas Gutstavsson will start in goal and Jared Coreau will play the third period.

Game time is 8:00 PM. It will not be televised in either market and won’t be on the radio in Detroit but WGN will carry it in Chicago and stream the feed.

2013 Red Wings Jersey Number Wrap-Up

I’ve already touched on the sweater numbers worn by the Red Wings at their development camp in July and the fact that Joakim Andersson has (as expected) switched from #63 to #18. Since the full training camp roster is now out, I’ll take a look at some of the remaining numbers.

With Daniel Cleary accepting a PTO from the Flyers (with a three-year deal on the way as soon as they can clear the cap space by putting Chris Pronger on LTIR), there’s no conflict as Daniel Alfredsson takes #11.

Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans, having lost the #3 he wore in January’s Red and White Game to Nick Jensen, takes the departed Valtteri Filppula‘s #51. Similarly, Nathan Paetsch drops from #71 to the #24 vacated by Damien Brunner and Triston Grant takes the #28 that formerly belonged to Carlo Colaiacovo. Grand Rapids captain Jeff Hoggan goes from #73 (now assigned to Griffins’ forward David McIntyre) to the #81 worn in the development camp by Mattias Janmark.

Calle Jarnkrok gets the #70 that was worn in development camp by free-agent tryout Jaimen Yakubowski. McIntyre’s #73 came from try-out Brody Silk. Teemu Pulkkinen gets #56.

Free agent try-out Michal Plutner gets the #75 worn by James de Haas in July while try-out Cam Lanigan gets the #68 that was worn by Jake Patterson.

As per usual, most of these changes mean nothing as they relate to players not under contract with Detroit. The Red Wings do have a tendency to give players acquired in midseason the number of someone already in the organization, as those jerseys are already made up, but given the cap space this year Detroit is unlikely to be making any big deals.

Babcock: Helm Done for Season

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock doesn’t think forward Darren Helm will return from his back injury this season.

“He’s not going to play hockey, right, this year, I don’t think,” Babcock told the assembled media after today’s practice at Joe Louis Arena.

“We got to get ourselves in the playoffs and be ready to go without him.”

Helm, who signed a four-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $2.125 million last summer, has appeared in only one game for the Red Wings this season after injuring his back during a preseason workout. He had previously suffered a broken orbital bone in a scrimmage during the lockout.

Last spring Helm missed the final ten games of the season with a sprained MCL. He returned in the playoffs only to have tendons in his forearm slashed by the skate of Nashville’s Alexander Radulov in a freak accident.


According to tweets from Finnish sportswriter Matias Strozyk, Red Wings’ prospect forward Teemu Pulkkinen will join the Grand Rapids Griffins this week as the team closes out its regular season.