Player News - Red Wings

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Anthony Mantha has been going through some growing pains in his first pro-season in the AHL.

"Mantha is learning he's got to compete harder to get space, because players are bigger and more organized," said Red Wings' GM Ken Holland. "I saw him Wednesday and, as the game wore on, he did some things to get some scoring chances, but the AHL is a great league. Mantha is going through what almost everyone goes through." The 20-year-old was Detroit's first round pick in 2013. After posting back-to-back 50-plus goal seasons in the QMJHL, Mantha has six goals and 13 points in 29 AHL games this season.
Jan 24 - 9:42 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will likely play in an outdoor game in Colorado next season.

The NHL is expected to confirm the news at some point during All-Star weekend. The game against the Avalanche would take place at Coors Field (home of MLB's Colorado Rockies). The Red Wings have already played in two outdoor games. They took on the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field in 2009, and hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor last season.
Jan 24 - 9:37 AM

Xavier Ouellet won't compete in the AHL All-Star Game because of a sore wrist.

He wasn't sent to the minors by Detroit during the break and use the time off during the All-Star break to recover. "I'd like to get away a little bit for a few days, pretty much like everybody else is doing," Ouellet said. "It's been a grind. It's a long season, there's a lot of games. I've played already 50 games. You got to take care of your body. I'm going to take (the break) and rest and make sure I'm ready to compete." He has two goals, one assist and a plus-6 rating in 19 appearances with Red Wings this season.
Jan 23 - 7:15 AM

The NHL reportedly asked if Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk were interested in playing at the All-Star Game and they both rejected the offer.

Gustav Nyquist left Wednesday morning for Mexico and Tomas Tatar also headed out for his vacation over the All-Star break, but they could have been options. Jimmy Howard was the only Detroit player selected to take part in All-Star weekend, but he won't be there because of a groin injury. In the end, the Wings had already made their plans and they were sticking to them.

Teemu Pulkkinen has been sent to AHL Grand Rapids.

Pulkkinen scored his first NHL goal last night. His demotion was expected though given that the Red Wings don't have any more games scheduled before the All-Star break.
Jan 21 - 12:44 PM

Henrik Zetterberg collected three assists in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win against Minnesota.

He picked up a helper on three straight goals by the Red Wings to build a 4-1 lead going into the third period, but the Wild rallied to force extra time. Zetterberg has amassed eight points (four goals, four assists) during a three-game scoring streak. He has a team-leading 44 points in 47 games.
Jan 21 - 8:40 AM

Teemu Pulkkinen tallied his first NHL goal in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over Minnesota.

"It's been hard to find the open spots," Pulkkinen said of the NHL. "I found a good lane and Weisser made a good pass and I wanted to shoot the puck." He posted two shots in 7:25 of ice time. Pulkkinen will return to Grand Rapids over the All-Star break.
Jan 21 - 8:31 AM

Gustav Nyquist scored a goal and added an assist for the Red Wings in a 5-4 shootout victory over Minnesota.

Nyquist has tallied two points in each of his last three games and has increased his point total to 36 for the year, raising his pace to about 60 over a full campaign. Teemu Pulkkinen, Jonathan Ericsson and Xavier Ouellet also scored for the Wings in the victory.
Jan 20 - 11:03 PM

Petr Mrazek was beaten for four goals on 38 shots Tuesday, but he hung on to win a 5-4 shootout decision over Minnesota.

It seemed as though Mrazek would cruise to victory after the Red Wings took a 4-1 lead into the third period, but he quickly allowed three goals and was forced to hold the fort until his teammates could win it in a shootout. The stand-in netminder now possesses a 9-3-1 record on the year with a 2.44 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Jan 20 - 10:59 PM

Petr Mrazek will get the start against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

In six starts since Mrazek took over for the injured Jimmy Howard, the young Czech netminder is 4-1-0 with just 12 goals against on 140 total shots. That is quite good. Yes he allowed three goals on seven shots to Buffalo on Sunday, but give the kid a break, this is his big break! He's 8-3-1 with 28 goals against in 13 games all told this season, so start with confidence.
Jan 20 - 5:54 PM

Coach Mike Babcock suggested that Petr Mrazek wasn't prepared to start back-to-back games over the weekend.

"Veterans learn to do it," Babcock said. Mrazek was excellent in Saturday's win 5-2 win over Nashville when he stopped 34 of 36 shots, but he was lit up by Buffalo the night after. We wouldn't worry about the 22-year-old netminder, though. That's something he'll learn with experience and he has the talent to be a starter at the NHL level. He has played well while filling for Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson. Mrazek owns an 8-3-1 record to go with a .916 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average this campaign.
Jan 20 - 10:38 AM

Tomas Tatar received the second star of the week.

Tatar had five goals and seven points in four games. He found the back of the net in each of those contests. After recording 39 points in his first full season in 2013-14, he's taken a step forward this season with 21 goals and 34 points in 46 contests.
Jan 19 - 12:35 PM

Tomas Tatar recorded his team-leading 21st goal of the season on Sunday.

He also picked up an assist in Detroit's 6-4 win over Buffalo. Tatar has amassed five goals and three helpers during a five-game scoring streak. He's already established a personal best for goals in a season and he's just five points away from matching his 2013-14 total of 39.
Jan 19 - 9:30 AM

Gustav Nyquist tallied a goal and added an assist in a 6-4 win over Buffalo on Sunday.

He notched two goals and four points in back-to-back contests this past weekend. Nyquist has 18 goals on the year, which ranks him second on the Red Wings, and 10 of them have come by way of the power play. That places him just one behind Alex Ovechkin and Joe Pavelski for first in the league.
Jan 19 - 9:21 AM

Thomas McCollum stopped seven of eight shots in Sunday's 6-4 win over Arizona.

McCollum entered the game after the Wings pulled starter Petr Mrazek. Detroit was down 3-0 when the switch was made, but they responded by scoring six goals in the final two periods. The win was the first of McCollum's NHL career. The 25-year-old was Detroit's first round pick back in 2008. The Red Wings have won four games in a row, and six of their last seven.
Jan 18 - 11:07 PM

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