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Zach Nastasiuk has been assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Detroit has also sent defenseman Dan Renouf and goaltender Matej Machovsky to the minors. Forwards Mike Borkowski, Austen Brassard, Connor Crisp, Luke Esposito and Dominik Shine; defensemen Simon Denis, Pat McCarron and Kevin Tansey; and goaltender Pat Nagle were released from their tryout contracts with the Red Wings to bring their camp roster total down to 48 players.
Sep 25 - 6:10 PM

Justin Abdelkader (groin) was back on the ice briefly with his teammates Sunday in a no-contact jersey.

Coach Jeff Blashill would like to see Abdelkader play in a couple more preseason games later next week before the 2017-18 campaign begins.
Sep 24 - 4:52 PM

Henrik Zetterberg (neck) skated briefly with Detroit's second group on Sunday.

Coach Jeff Blashill hopes that Zetterberg will be available to play in one of the team's last three preseason games. He has already been ruled out for Monday's exhibition tilt versus Pittsburgh.
Sep 24 - 4:49 PM

Ryan Sproul (knee) has received the green light and he will play in Monday's preseason match versus Pittsburgh.

Sproul underwent left knee surgery in April. Coach Jeff Blashill wants him to "make sure he is fast back to the puck. He's got to make sure he spends as little time in the d-zone as possible so he can use his best asset, and that is his feet and his shot." Right now, Sproul is the odd man out as the eighth defender on the depth chart because Detroit only wants to carry seven blueliners going into the year.
Sep 24 - 4:41 PM

Justin Abdelkader (groin) skated by himself on Saturday.

That's an encouraging step, but it's still not clear how long Abdelkader will be sidelined for. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 24 - 4:43 AM

P. A. Parenteau, who had been dealing with a back issue, got into Saturday's preseason game.

Parenteau was projected to play on Thursday, but he ended up being held out of that contest after hurting his back during that day's practice. Fortunately it was nothing serious and he was able to resume skating on Friday. He's with Detroit on a PTO. His linemates on Saturday were Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm. Parenteau was charged with four penalty minutes and logged 11:31 minutes of ice time.
Sep 24 - 4:41 AM

Martin Frk scored two goals and registered an assist in Saturday's 5-1 victory over Boston.

Frk's in the running for a roster spot and a game like that certainly doesn't hurt his chances. His linemates were Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, who each registered two assists. "I played with Mo back in Grand Rapids, I didn’t have too much time with Larks," Frk said. "It’s a treat to play with those guys. I enjoyed it. I’m trying not to be in their way and just trying to find the (open) spots." Frk had 27 goals and 50 points in 65 AHL contests last season.
Sep 24 - 4:38 AM

Frans Nielsen scored two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Nielsen has been a reliable 40 to 60 point scorer in the last four seasons. He had 17 goals and 41 points in 79 games in his first season with the Red Wings. Nielsen should be able to reach the 40-point mark again this season, but expecting him to produce more than that isn’t realistic.
Sep 23 - 9:44 PM

Tyler Bertuzzi will be sidelined for approximately 3-4 weeks due to wrist inflammation.

It's a tough break for Bertuzzi who was hoping to crack the Red Wings lineup with a strong training camp. He had zero points in seven NHL contests last season, but picked up 19 points in 19 post-season contests with Grand Rapids during their Calder Cup triumph. After this injury, we would expect Bertuzzi to start the season in the AHL when he is fully healthy.
Sep 23 - 12:28 PM

It sounds like there is a pretty good chance that Riley Sheahan will be traded to the Penguins.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes that the framework for a trade has already been worked out that could involve defenseman Derrick Pouliot. Such a deal makes sense as the Wings need cap room to sign Andreas Athanasiou and parting with Sheahan will create some leeway for the Wings to operate. Stay tuned for further updates.
Sep 23 - 10:17 AM

Jimmy Howard will start in goal Saturday night against the Bruins.

He will likely be the Red Wings' starting goalie come the start of the regular season but he will not play a full load. Look for him to start 50-55 games with Petr Mrazek getting the other 30 or so starts.
Sep 23 - 10:07 AM

Justin Abdelkaer is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

The rugged winger has not been skating, but the Wings are hoping he will be cleared to get back on skates by next weekend.
Sep 23 - 10:03 AM

Tyler Bertuzzi's status will be clarified once MRI results on his middle-body injury are in.

The Red Wings are hoping the injury is a minor one and that Bertuzzi will be able to return to action next weekend.
Sep 23 - 10:01 AM

Niklas Kronwall (back) took part in Friday's practice.

Kronwall had previously skated on his own. As an aside, his knee that has given him problems in the past is feeling good. He's not going to play on Saturday, but the plan is to get him into a preseason contest.
Sep 22 - 6:27 PM

The Detroit Red Wings believe that Henrik Zetterberg (neck) will be able to play by next Friday.

As previously reported, Zetterberg will miss Saturday's exhibition game due to a kink in his neck. He didn't miss a single regular season contest in either of the last two seasons.
Sep 22 - 3:03 PM

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