Player News - Red Wings

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Pavel Datsyuk will undergo an MRI on his injured shoulder.

Datsyuk probably won't have it until Wednesday though, so this might be the last update we get on his condition on Tuesday. He left Monday's preseason contest due to the ailment. The good news is that he doesn't think the injury is serious.
Sep 23 - 12:13 PM

Darren Helm suffered a broken nose during Monday's preseason contest.

Helm, and the Detroit Red Wings for that matter, just can't seem to catch a break. The preseason is barely begun and already Detroit's sickbay is filling up.
Sep 23 - 12:11 PM

Detroit coach Mike Babcock is trying to temper his expectations for Gustav Nyquist.

"I don't know if he's going to score that many goals, but he's going to get that many points," said Babcock. Nyquist scored 28 goals and he had 48 points in 57 games last campaign. He's projected to start the season in the Red Wings' top-six group, which carries more responsibility and Babcock wants to see consistency. "If you're a top-six forward, you've got to play 200 feet and you've got to do it every single night and you've got to be mentally tough," said Detroit's bench boss. "And if you're a bottom-six forward, maybe you don't have to be dialed in as much. But those guys, even in the bottom six, they're worker bees."
Sep 23 - 7:30 AM

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk injured his shoulder in Monday's preseason-opening 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Datsyuk reportedly suffered the injury as a result of a Rob Scuderi hit. There's no word on the severity of the ailment, but Red Wings fans will be holding their breath until he gets re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Sep 22 - 10:11 PM

Pavrl Datsyuk appeared to be in midseason for for Detroit Monday as they defeated the Penguins by a score of 2-1 in preseason action.

Datsyuk recorded a goal and an assist in the victory while the Red Wings also received a goal from Tomas Tatar. The goaltending duties were split between Jimmy Howard, who stopped 25 of 26 shots in 40 minutes of play, and Petr Mrazek, who stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third stanza.
Sep 22 - 9:37 PM

Brendan Smith is confident he'll be better in 2014-15.

"Just playing simple and playing my game will help me," he said. "I think what I have to do better is make sure that I don't try to chase the game — let the game come to me. That will make sure that I have a great start." He's slated to be paired with Kyle Quincey again in Tuesday's exhibition game against Chicago. Smith is also expected to get some time on the power play during the preseason, which could help his fantasy value once the regular season begins.
Sep 22 - 12:51 PM

Justin Abdelkader has played with Stephen Weiss and Gustav Nyquist during Detroit's first few days of training camp.

The Red Wings have used Abdelkader up and down the lineup and coach Mike Babcock likes what he brings to each combination. "I like that he's an everyday guy," Babcock said. "He works hard. He's competitive. He plays with good players, he plays on a checking line, he penalty kills, he plays net-front on the power play. We trust him. He's a good man. He treats people right. I've got a ton of confidence in him." Unfortunately, his versatility hasn't translated into very good fantasy statistics. He tallied 10 goals, 28 points, 31 penalty minutes and 172 hits in 70 games last season.
Sep 22 - 12:32 PM

Johan Franzen is hoping to be more consistent this season, and wants to use his size more effectively.

"(Franzen) has been a hot-and-cold player," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I think he has the ability to be a hot player, period." Franzen scored 16 goals in just 54 games last season but also admitted that he needs to be more consistent. "I usually worry about the other parts of the game. But I want to be a factor up front," said Franzen. "I’m one of the guys that should score. I want to get off to a good start. When you’re scoring, you feel very light on your skates and you’re flying out there." If healthy, Franzen will probably score between 20-25 goals this season.
Sep 21 - 9:10 AM

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is hoping some of his young defensemen push for jobs during training camp.

"I’m hoping (Xavier) Ouellet, (Alexey) Marchenko, (Matthias) Backman and (Ryan) Sproul all have a chance to push for jobs," said Babcock. "We added depth up front last year. We’d like to do the same on the back, but they have to be ready." All four prospects could potentially return to the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids this year, but it looks like Detroit will give each player a serious chance to earn a roster spot with the big club.
Sep 21 - 9:00 AM

Stephen Weiss seems poised to move on from a miserable 2013-14 season in which he missed considerable time due to a sports hernia.

He has reported to camp healthy and started camp centering a line featuring Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist. Weiss was very happy at how he felt after his first scrimmages with his teammates. "I feel healthy, got no pain and I feel like I'm just going to keep getting better and better as long as I can stay healthy," Weiss said. Weiss was an up-and-coming offensive player with the Panthers a few seasons back and could surprise on a Red Wing team that will give him plenty of chances to succeed both at even strength and on the power play. Weiss may make a nice sleeper pick in the latter rounds of your hockey draft.
Sep 20 - 10:40 AM

Daniel Cleary looks healthy and poised to bounce back after two very disappointing season.

With only eight points in 52 injury-plagued games in 2013-14, Clearly fell right off the fantasy map. However, he has reported to camp healthy (his knee has been a problem the last few seasons) and seems intent on proving that he still has something lef to give the Wings. Cleary started camp skating alongisde Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, which is a promising development. Of Cleary Zetterberg had the following to say: "He had a good off-season, worked really hard. He looks good out there and skates really well. I like to play with him. You always know what you're going to get. He's at the front of the net and is always going to get pucks back. I'm looking forward to having a good camp with him." It will be interesting to see if Cleary can regain the form that made him a viable late-round fantasy selection.
Sep 20 - 10:28 AM

Look for Tomas Tatar to play on one of the Red Wings' top two lines this season.

He skated alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm to open camp and has a fan in Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "He has an infectious personality, he's got a skill set, he gets open, he makes plays, he's a good player," Babcock said. "We know Pav and (Henrik Zetterberg) are good players. We need more guys that are high-end players. You need high-end players." It must be nice for Tatar to hear he is one of them. Look for him to improve on his 39-point effort of 2013-14.
Sep 20 - 10:21 AM

Darren Helm may be someone to watch over the next two weeks.

Helm, a center who will converting to wing this season, is going to get a shot playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk. For the speedy Helm, this is a tremendous opportunity. Of course, that is if he can stay healthy. Helm has been injured for large parts of the last few seasons. That said, Helm's wheels could open up the ice for the talented Datsyuk, something Detroit coach Mike Babcock has obviously thought about. Keep an eye on Helm. He could be a sleeper if he starts the season on the Wings' top line.
Sep 20 - 10:14 AM

Anthony Mantha will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.

He was injured Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game with Detroit's other prospects, but still finished the contest. "He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity." The 20th overall draft pick in 2013 was slated to compete for a roster spot at training camp, but this injury will prevent that from happening.
Sep 18 - 11:00 AM

Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

"It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp.
Sep 17 - 12:26 PM


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