Player News - Red Wings

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Mike Babcock's father, Mike Babcock Sr., passed away Saturday evening.

He will stay with the Red Wings through Tuesday before traveling to Saskatoon Wednesday for the funeral. He had congestive heart failure and bad lungs, while battling illness for a while. Our deepest condolences go out to coach Babcock for his loss.
Mar 30 - 10:35 AM

Niklas Kronwall registered a goal in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

He tied the game at 3-3 just before the midway mark of the first period. Kronwall has nine goals and 42 points 74 games.
Mar 30 - 10:28 AM

Tomas Tatar scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

He got the Red Wings on the board just 39 seconds into the game, but the score was 3-3 after the first period. Tatar's assist came during the second stanza on a power-play goal by Pavel Datsyuk. He has 28 goals and 54 points in 75 games.
Mar 30 - 10:25 AM

Jimmy Howard allowed just one goal on 16 shots in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

Howard came off the bench in relief of Petr Mrazek who allowed four goals on just 11 shots. Howard was much better than Mrazek tonight but one goal was enough to saddle him with the loss. The 31-year-old has a 21-13-10 record with a 2.43 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage. Howard didn't start either of Detroit's games this weekend but he should go forward as Detroit's go-to guy in goal.
Mar 29 - 8:09 PM

Petr Mrazek was pulled in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

Mrazek pitched a shutout against the Lightning on Saturday so coach Mike Babcock gave him another start tonight. Unfortunately the coach's hunch didn't go over so well as Mrazek was pulled after allowing four goals on just 11 shots. Despite the rough outing, the 23-year-old didn't factor into the decision.
Mar 29 - 8:07 PM

Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal and an assist in Detroit's 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Datsyuk made his return to Detroit's lineup on Saturday but he was held pointless in the game. It's nice to see him back at full health and contributing offensively. Datsyuk helped setup Niklas Kronwall's first period goal that tied the game at three. The 36-year-old also added a goal of his own in the third period to cut the Islanders' lead to 5-4. Tomas Tatar and Drew Miller also scored for the Red Wings in the loss. Datsyuk has 24 goals and 60 points in 59 games.
Mar 29 - 7:52 PM

Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary were scratched from Sunday's tilt with the NY Islanders.

Unfortunately, neither player boasts much fantasy value this season. Kindl has produced 13 points, 25 blocks, and 29 hits through 34 games. Meanwhile Cleary has seen just 13 games, and just three since the calendar turned to 2015.
Mar 29 - 5:36 PM

Petr Mrazek will get the start in Sunday's game against the New York Islanders.

Mrazek blanked the Lightning on Saturday and Mike Babcock is giving him another shot on Sunday. "Mrazek made some big saves, two in a row when we made a mistake on the penalty kill," Mike Babcock said after Saturday's win. "I thought he was real solid today."
Mar 29 - 11:11 AM

Pavel Datsyuk played just over 18 minutes in Saturday's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Datsyuk finished the game with no points but he did have two shots, two hits and and a takeaway in the game. The veteran also won 79 percent of his draws in the game. "He's a game-changer," Luke Glendening said. "He just slows down the game, and gives us a lot more confidence."
Mar 29 - 11:08 AM

With doubts swirling around Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek made a case for himself in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mrazek stopped all 23 shots for his second shutout of the season, improving his 2014-15 record to 15-7-1. He's likely worth a roster spot if you're hurting for fantasy playoff goaltending, even if it's a 50-50 split with Howard.
Mar 28 - 5:14 PM

Gustav Nyquist scored a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Saturday.

Nyquist now has 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points in 74 games this season. He has career-highs in assists and points and could be even better in 2015-16.
Mar 28 - 5:12 PM

After sitting out since March 15 with a lower-body injury, Pavel Datsyuk returned to action for the Detroit Red Wings against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

With 58 points in 57 games played, it's clear that Datsyuk can still produce. The question fantasy owners must address is if he's worth a high pick considering his frequent ailments.
Mar 28 - 2:19 PM

Erik Cole will not play Saturday afternoon against the Lightning.

He is still dealing with an upper-body injury and will not dress. Cole could return some time next week, though, so consider him day-to-day.
Mar 28 - 9:47 AM

It is not clear if Pavel Datsyuk will be able to play Saturday afternoon against Tampa.

He did practise Friday with his teammates and took line rushes with Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm and manned the first power-play unit, so it looks as if he has substantially recovered from a lower-body injury. That said, Datsyuk is still listed as questionable for Saturday's contest.
Mar 28 - 9:45 AM

Riley Sheahan will miss Saturday afternoon's game against Tampa with an upper-body injury.

He sustained the injury in Thursday's game. Sheahan has been a bit of an Ironman this season as Saturday's contest will be the first time he has not dressed for a game in 2014-15. Consider Sheahan day-to-day for now.
Mar 28 - 9:41 AM


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