Kyle Quincey All-Stars Stay at Seven

Emergency call-up Ben Street did not play for the Red Wings in Montreal last night.  The mystery forward Street was called up to replace (probably Frans Nielsen) was able to play and Street was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins.  With that, Street’s chance to become the eighth member of the Kyle Quincey All-Stars passed, at least for now.

As I Tweeted yesterday, the Kyle Quincey All-Stars is my name for the players who have played for both the Red Wings and the onetime-bitter-rival Colorado Avalanche.

Quincey is perhaps the most famous of the set, starting his career in Detroit before going to the Los Angeles Kings via waivers in 2008, then moving on to Colorado via trade in 2009.  In 2012 the Red Wings brought him back via the Tampa Bay Lightning, averting what would have been the first trade between the two teams.

The first member of the group was the infamous Uwe Krupp.  Signed as a free agent by the Red Wings from the Avalanche in 1998, Krupp played just 22 games of the 1998-99 season before suffering a back injury that (after being re-injured) kept him out until the 2001-02 season, when he played eight more games.

Todd Gill was the first player to go from Detroit to Colorado.  After parts of three seasons with the Red Wings, he signed with the Avalanche in 2001.

With just four games played in Colorado and eight in Detroit, Anders Myrvold is the shortest-tenured member of the group.  He broke into the NHL with the Avalanche during their inaugural season of 1995-96, then bounced around quite a bit before coming to the Red Wings’ organization for the 2003-04 campaign.

Brad May played 64 games for the Avalanche across parts of two seasons before being traded to Anaheim in 2007 for a goalie who never played in Colorado.  Anaheim traded him to Toronto in January 2009 for future considerations, then the Red Wings signed him as a free agent at the start of the 2009-10 season and he played 40 games with the team before being sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

May was followed by fellow Number 24 Ruslan Salei.  After parts of three seasons with Colorado, Salei signed a one-year deal with Detroit for the 2010-11 season and played 75 games before fatefully signing with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL.

Brad Stuart is the most recent addition to the group.  With the Red Wings for parts of five seasons, including a Stanley Cup in his first year, Stuart returned to the San Jose Sharks in 2012 for family reasons.  After two years there, the Sharks dealt him to Colorado, where he played just 61 games across two seasons.

Of course, there’s a whole subset of players who were property of one of the teams but never actually played a game for them.  The Darryl Bootlands and Tomas Fleischmanns.  For now, Street remains in that group.

Red Wings Rally for Win over Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period Thursday night, rallying for a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

With the game tied 1-1, former Detroit draft pick Tomas Fleischmann snapped a shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle past Red Wings’ netminder Petr Mrazek at 4:30 of the third, giving the Canadiens their first lead of the game.

With 7:32 left in regulation and Detroit on a power play, Justin Abdelkader redirected a pass by Henrik Zetterberg past Dustin Tokarski from the edge of the crease with his skate, tying things back up.

Darren Helm‘s second of the night just 1:11 later was the eventual game-winner. Off a turnover by Greg Pateryn, Pavel Datsyuk kicked the puck to Helm, who cut across the goal mouth and flung a shot past Tokarski for a 3-2 lead.

Despite late pressure, the Canadiens would be unable to force overtime.

Detroit had opened the game’s scoring on Helm’s first goal of the game with 8:42 left in the second. Racing to the net, Helm gloved down a chip pass from Luke Glendening and put a quick shot behind Tokarski for the early lead.

Sven Andrighetto evened it up 2:03 later. Charles Hudon fired a heavy shot that Mrazek didn’t get all of and as the puck dropped in behind the Detroit goalie, Andrighetto was there to knock it into the net.

Mrazek finished the night with 23 saves on 25 shots while Tokarski, making his first start of the season, stopped 26 of 29.

The Red Wings are back in action Friday night when they visit the New Jersey Devils.

Red Wings Drop Shootout Decision to Panthers

For the second consecutive game the Detroit Red Wings fell in the shootout, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Florida Panthers Friday night.

Detroit is now 1-5 in the shootout on the season, their only victory coming against the winless New Jersey Devils. Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk failed to beat Florida netminder Roberto Luongo while both Vincent Trochek and Brandon Pirri scored on Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

Despite the loss, the point for surviving regulation moved the Red Wings into a three-way tie with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh for first place in the Eastern Conference.

All of the game’s scoring came in the first period.

RIley Sheahan started things off at 5:03 on the power play. Tomas Tatar‘s shot from the left faceoff circle was knocked out to Datsyuk in the slot for a chance that Luongo stopped. Sheahan was on the doorstep to knock the rebound into the back of the net.

The Panthers got on the board 2:07 later, when former Detroit prospect Tomas Fleischmann snapped a shot from the slot past Howard.

With 6:05 left in the period, Jonathan Huberdeau fought off pressure by Datsyuk to spin and shovel a shot from the near edge of the right circle past Howard to give Florida a 2-1 lead.

Nyquist knotted things back up with 38.5 seconds left. While falling, Nyquist backhanded a shot from the slot past Luongo in the final second of a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings scored twice on four power play tries while the Panthers were scoreless on five attempts with the extra attacker.

Howard finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. Luongo stopped 29 of 31 shots against.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Detroit was without defenseman Danny DeKeyser, replaced in the lineup by call-up Xavier Ouellet… The Red Wings lost forward Stephen Weiss to injury mid-game… Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches.

TGTW: Wings’ Skid Reaches Seven Games

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

Two weeks after sitting in a tie for the top spot in the National Hockey League, the Detroit Red Wings have dropped seven consecutive games and are eight points back of the Carolina Hurricanes for the league lead. The Los Angeles Kings are six points up on the Red Wings in the Western Conference. Detroit remains tied with the Nashville Predators atop the Central Division, with the Columbus Blue Jackets one point back and the St. Louis Blues two points back, each with three games in hand.

The Wings’ abysmal seventh week of the season began with a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. Deryk Engelland, Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz each scored for the Penguins before the Red Wings got on the board with a third-period Johan Franzen goal. Jimmy Howard made 24 saves on 27 shots in taking the loss. Detroit lost forward Pavel Datsyuk to a knee injury in the first period after taking a charge from Brandon Sutter, who was ejected on the play.

With Datsyuk out on Wednesday, the Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues. Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie scored in the game’s first 5:43 before Kyle Quincey got the Red Wings on the board with 6:24 left in the second. Kevin Shattenkirk re-extended the Blues’ lead with 2:47 left in the period to round out the game’s scoring. Howard stopped 23 of 26 shots on the night.

Datsyuk returned to the lineup as the Red Wings visited the Florida Panthers on Friday night but his return couldn’t prevent a rout, with an explosive second period propelling the Panthers to an 8-2 win. Jack Skille and Valtteri Filppula traded first period goals to keep the game even after a period but former Detroit prospects Shawn Matthias and Tomas Fleischmann scored three goals in the first 6:16 of the second to put the Wings out of it. Marcel Goc scored just past the game’s halfway point to chase Howard from the net, then Jonas Gustavsson allowed goals by Peter Mueller and Matthias just 18 seconds apart to make it 7-1. Mikael Samuelsson got the Wings’ a second goal late in the second and Fleischmann wrapped up the hat trick late in the third to round out the scoring.

Howard stopped only six of 11 shots in 30:09 of play while Gustavsson stopped eight of 11 in 29:51.

Howard didn’t fare much better on Saturday in Tampa, where the Red Wings took a 4-2 lead into the third period only to lose, 6-4. Filppula gave the Wings’ the lead just 3:41 into the game but Vincent Lecavalier tied things up 34 seconds into the second. Darren Helm and Franzen put Detroit up by a pair with goals at 5:45 and 7:23. Ryan Malone pulled the Lightning back to within one with 2:56 left in the middle period but Drew Miller‘s first of the season made it 4-2 with 58 seconds left.

Malone’s second of the night cut the lead again at 4:13 of the third and J.T. Wyman tied things up on the power play at 9:00. Teddy Purcell chased Howard from the net just 59 seconds later with another power play goal and Lecavalier rounded out the scoring with a third power play tally with 4:48 remaining.

Howard faced 22 shots and made 17 saves in 49:59 while Gustavsson stopped three of four shots in 10:01. Captain Henrik Zetterberg was lost to a shoulder injury in the first period and did not return to play.

After the disastrous seventh week, Howard has fallen off the NHL leaderboard in all goaltending categories. Filppula remains one of the league leaders in scoring, with his 28 points putting him behind only Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (31). Despite missing time to injury, Datsyuk sits fourth with 25 points, with Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar (27) in third. The pair lead the league in assists with 18 each, tied with Carolina’s Eric Staal.

The next week will see the Red Wings return from their Florida trip to host a trio of Pacific Division teams in the Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks.

Hudler Helps Red Wings Past Panthers in Shootout

Jiri Hudler scored the Red Wings’ only regulation goal and added another marker in the shootout, leading Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday afternoon.

Hudler snapped a shot over Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen’s shoulder in the second round of the tiebreaker, then Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped former Wing Mikael Samuelsson and Kris Versteeg shot high. Pavel Datsyuk and Wojtek Wolski had scored in the first round and Todd Bertuzzi was stopped for Detroit in the third round.

Tomas Fleischmann opened the game’s scoring with 2:22 left in the first period. The former Detroit prospect was left all alone at the top of the right faceoff circle after Versteeg gained the Red Wings’ zone on a rush. Versteeg sent a cross-ice pass to Fleischmann for a one-timer past Howard.

Hudler tied things up at 5:30 of the third period when his attempted slap-pass from the right wing to Valtteri Filppula at the edge of the crease went off John Madden’s skate and past Clemmensen.

Clemmensen finished the afternoon with 31 saves on 32 shots against. Howard made 27 saves on 28 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal, with the Panthers getting six tries with the extra attacker and the Red Wings getting three.

Detroit will be back in action on Wednesday with a visit to the St. Louis Blues.


Just eight seconds after Hudler tied the game, Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey was ejected for elbowing former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky in the head…. Ian White was the healthy scratch on defense as the blueline rotation continued. Jan Mursak was the healthy scratch at forward.

Red Wings Unable to Overcome Early Deficit, Fall to Avalanche, 5-4

The Detroit Red Wings allowed four goals in the first fifteen minutes Monday night and never recovered, losing to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, despite a late rally.

The Avalanche got on the board 5:58 into the first, when Paul Stastny pounced on the loose puck when Niklas Kronwall turned it over at the top of the crease. Before Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard knew what had happened, Stastny put the puck around him and into the net.

Jan Mursak scored his first career goal to tie things back up just 54 seconds later, sliding the rebound of a Drew Miller shot past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj.

At 8:32, Matt Duchene scored the first of his two goals, beating Howard between the pads on a rush.

Kevin Porter put the Avs up by a pair with 7:32 left in the period, snapping a shot past Howard from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

Duchene’s second of the night made it 4-1 with 5:45 remaining in the first, working the give-and-go on a two-on-one with Tomas Fleischmann and putting the puck into the open side of the net.

Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald after the fourth Colorado goal.

Brian Rafalski cut the Avalanche lead to two goals with two minutes remaining in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Budaj.

David Jones restored the three goal lead at 6:51 of the second, beating the sprawling MacDonald with a backhander on a rush with Duchene after Kris Draper‘s chance missed the net and bounced out of the zone at the other end.

Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance on a Detroit power play with 4:30 left in the middle period to once again pull the Red Wings to within a pair.

At 9:45 of the third, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Budaj for the Red Wings’ second power play goal of the night, drawing them to within a goal.

Detroit would be unable to pull even as Colorado held on for the win.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on three power play chances while the Avalanche were scoreless in five tries with the extra attacker.

MacDonald stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced but picked up the loss. Howard made six stops on ten shots while Budaj stopped 26 of 30 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will return home before visiting Columbus on Friday for the last of five consecutive road games.


Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a groin injury. Tomas Tatar was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins with Filppula’s return… Goalie Chris Osgood will miss six-to-eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Osgood Gets 400th Career Win as Red Wings Down Avalanche in OT

Chris Osgood became the tenth goaltender in NHL history to win 400 career games Monday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Osgood needed to make 46 saves on 49 shots to get the win, a season-high. He was supported by four power play goals.

The victory also came with the Red Wings missing four regulars: forwards Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary and defenseman Brian Rafalski.

Niklas Kronwall scored the overtime game-winner with 1:18 remaining in the extra period, one-timing a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

The Avalanche had opened the game’s scoring just 3:29 in, when Matt Duchene banged home the rebound of a Tomas Fleischmann chance from in front of the net.

Jiri Hudler notched his second goal of the season 2:06 later to tie it up. Thirty seconds into Detroit’s first power play, Hudler snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Budaj after his initial attempt was blocked.

TJ Galiardi scored a soft goal from the top of the left circle just 46 seconds later to restore the Colorado lead.

With 7:28 left in the first, Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the inside of the left circle past Budaj to tie the game. The goal came just eight seconds into Detroit’s second power play.

The seconds period was a scoreless affair in which Osgood stopped 23 shots while Budaj needed to make only nine saves.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave the Red Wings a late lead, scoring on the team’s fifth power play of the night with 5:23 remaining in regulation. He beat Budaj with a snap shot from the high slot.

The Avalanche forced overtime with 2:36 remaining, as Duchene put home a rebound chance on Colorado’s seventh power play attempt.

The Avs finished the night one-for-seven with the man advantage, including 1:08 of five-on-three in the first period. Detroit went four-for-six with the extra attacker.

Budaj made 26 saves on 30 shots against.

The Red Wings are back in action when they visit the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.


Both of Hudler’s goals this season have been scored on Budaj…. Jan Mursak made his NHL debut in place of the injured Cleary… Osgood is now three wins back of his idol, Grant Fuhr.

Wings get Lang from Capitals

The Detroit Red Wings made a move to deal with their lack of depth at the center position, trading prospect Tomas Fleischmann and two draft picks to the Washington Capitals for Robert Lang.

Lang is the fourth big-name Captial to be traded this season as Washington attempts to cut salary. Steve Konowalchuk was sent to the Colorado Avalanche, Jaromir Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers, and Peter Bondra was dealt to the Ottawa Senators.

Fleischmann is one of the Western Hockey League’s top scorers. Detroit’s second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he’s scored 28 goals and 69 points in 53 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season.

The draft picks sent to Washington were Detroit’s first-round pick in 2004 and fourth-round pick in 2006.

The Red Wings will be Lang’s fifth NHL team. He spent time with the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings before spending almost four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the last two seasons with Washington. In eleven NHL seasons, Lang has scored 173 goals and added 289 assists in 640 games.

Lang is tied for the lead in the NHL’s scoring race with Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has 74 points this season.