Player News - Red Wings

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Riley Sheahan will miss "a bit" of time due to an upper-body injury, per Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Sheahan has 12 goals and 34 points in 73 games this season. He had been playing with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar, but Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) occupied that spot during Friday's practice. Datsyuk might not be ready to return yet though, so that line has to be taken with a grain of salt.
Mar 27 - 1:30 PM

Erik Cole (upper body) didn't take part in Friday's practice.

Cole should be regarded as doubtful for Saturday and Sunday's contests. He was hurt during Tuesday's game against Arizona. With him sidelined, Gustav Nyquist has gotten playing time with Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg.
Mar 27 - 12:23 PM

Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch Thursday because of the return of Niklas Kronwall.

He got to play on Tuesday night for the first time since Feb. 28 due to Kronwall's absence. Even though he registered a goal and an assist in the match, he returned to the press box.
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

Tomas Tatar potted his 27th goal of the season on Thursday.

He leads the Red Wings in goals and ranks third on the club with 52 points in 73 games. It's been a breakout seeason for Tatar, who had 39 points a year ago.
Mar 27 - 9:27 AM

Jimmy Howard will be on the bench for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay and he'll have a sit-down with his coach.

Coach Mike Babcock is looking for better goaltending after Howard allowed five goals against Arizona on Tuesday and he was pulled versus San Jose on Thursday. "He's a proud guy and we gave him an opportunity to bounce back and he didn't do that," said Babcock of Howard. "We'll give Petr Mrazek an opportunity." Mrazek will start against the Lightning.
Mar 27 - 9:20 AM

Petr Mrazek will be in goal for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Coach Mike Babcock made the call after Jimmy Howard posted a pair of poor starts. Howard was pulled in Thursday's 6-4 loss to San Jose, but Mrazek got the loss after he allowed two goals on 19 shots.
Mar 27 - 9:16 AM

Jimmy Howard was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots in the first period of a 6-4 loss to San Jose on Thursday night.

Howard did not give up the game-winner, thus was given a no-decision on the night. It was a wild evening as the teams combined for five goals in the first period, none in the second, then five more in the third. Howard's record is 21-12-10 this season with a .911 save percentage and 2.45 goals against average.
Mar 27 - 12:37 AM

Danny DeKeyser notched two assists in the Wings' 6-4 loss to San Jose on Thursday night.

DeKeyser's helpers came within a minute of each other to tie the game up at two in the first period, but Detroit could not keep up the pace. The 25-year-old has 27 points in 71 games this season.
Mar 27 - 12:02 AM

Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl will be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against San Jose.

Neither player has any fantasy value going forward. Erik Cole, Pavel Datsyuk and Jonas Gustavsson will all miss the game because of injury.
Mar 26 - 7:51 PM

Stephen Weiss will dress Thursday night against San Jose.

He has been a healthy scratch for the past five games and seven of the previous eight. Weiss has seven goals and 19 points in 42 games this season. He will get back into the lineup because of Erik Cole's upper-body injury.
Mar 26 - 3:46 PM

Jimmy Howard will be back in goal for Detroit on Thursday.

He struggled in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Arizona, but coach Mike Babcock is showing him some faith. "The bottom line is he played two good games, couldn't keep it out of our net last game," said the Wings bench boss. "He gets an opportunity to go again today."
Mar 26 - 3:41 PM

Niklas Kronwall (lower body) will suit up in Thursday's game against San Jose.

He didn't play on Tuesday night because of a lower-body injury, but he's ready to return. Kronwall has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this campaign. He leads the team in average ice time per game at 23:45.
Mar 26 - 3:07 PM

Pavel Datsyuk won't return from a lower-body injury on Thursday.

He said he's feeling better and he hopes to be back in the lineup on Saturday when Detroit plays Tampa Bay. Thursday's game will be the fifth straight match he has missed.
Mar 26 - 11:27 AM

Niklas Kronwall (lower body) might be back in the lineup on Thursday.

Kronwall was a last minute scratch Tuesday night due to the ailment. He has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this season. If he is able to return, then Jakub Kindl will likely head to the press box.
Mar 25 - 3:28 PM

Erik Cole (upper body) is expected to miss at least Detroit's next three games.

Cole sustained the injury during Tuesday's contest against the Arizona Coyotes. What makes this particularly unfortunate news is the fact that he had been given a golden opportunity to succeed with Detroit as he has logged regular minutes with Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg since being acquired from Dallas. He has 21 goals and 39 points in 68 games this season. With Cole sidelined, Gustav Nyquist might join Zetterberg's line.
Mar 25 - 3:21 PM

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