Player News - Red Wings

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Luke Witkowski will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Washington Capitals.

Witkowski suited up in each of Detroit's last two games, but it's the fourth time this year he'll serve as a healthy scratch. Witkowski doesn't need to be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 20 - 7:34 PM

Updating a previously report, Andreas Athanasiou's one-year contract with Detroit will be worth $1.387 million.

That's slightly more than the $1.35 million that was previously reported. Athanasiou and Detroit might have agreed to terms, but nothing can officially happen yet because the Red Wings don't have a roster spot or cap space available for him. They'll presumably find a way to make room for him but how they'll go about doing that and how long it will take remains to be seen.
Oct 20 - 5:45 PM

Andreas Athanasiou will reportedly sign a contract worth $1.35 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

Athanasiou is a restricted free agent and consequently hasn't played this season. The two sides are reportedly close, but the Red Wings need to determine what course of action they want to take in regards to a necessarily corresponding roster move.
Oct 20 - 4:51 PM

Andreas Athanasiou and the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly closing in on a contract.

Athanasiou missed training camp and the first seven games of the Red Wings' schedule as a contract holdout. Even if he were to sign on Friday, we would still expect him to miss some additional time while he gets back into game shape. It's also possible that he would be sent to the minors on a conditioning stint. The two sides are reportedly most likely to agree to a one-year contract.
Oct 20 - 1:03 PM

Petr Mrazek is expected to start on Friday against Washington.

Mrazek will have his work cut out for him against that strong offensive club, but for what it's worth he does have a career 2.18 GAA and .925 save percentage in six games versus Washington. He has a 2.98 GAA and .900 save percentage in three contests this season.
Oct 20 - 12:39 PM

Evgeny Svechnikov (neck) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Svechnikov sustained the injury during the Red Wings' training camp. Now that he's healthy he's been reassigned to the minors.
Oct 19 - 5:54 PM

Andreas Athanasiou is still in Switzerland, according to agent Darren Ferris.

Athanasiou, who remains an unsigned restricted free agent, has been skating in Switzerland for more than 10 days. He has no leverage in negotiations and the Red Wings have not budged on their offers during the summer, which are a one-year deal at $1.25 million and two years at $1.9 million per season. Detroit doesn't want to move Athanasiou either, but if he is traded then it won't be for anything less than a blue-chip prospect or a high draft pick.
Oct 19 - 8:53 AM

Jonathan Ericsson scored a goal in a 6-3 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

Ericsson's first goal of the season was initially waived off for goaltending interference, but the call was reversed following a coach's challenge. He has collected a goal and an assist in the last four games. Ericsson only found the back of the net once in 58 matches last season.
Oct 19 - 8:46 AM

Tomas Tatar got his first goal of the season Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss to Toronto.

It was the 100th marker of Tatar's NHL career. He has surpassed the 20-goal plateau in each of the last three years. Tatar has three points in seven outings this season.
Oct 19 - 8:40 AM

Henrik Zetterberg found the back of the net in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Toronto.

Zetterberg has had a productive start to the season with four goals and four assists in seven games. He was Detroit's most consistent scorer last year and the 37-year-old forward is showing no signs of slowing down.
Oct 19 - 8:35 AM

Petr Mrazek allowed two goals on 21 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mrazek wasn't the starting goaltender in this game. He was called into duty after Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on four shots in the first period. Despite entering the game in relief, Mrazek was still handed the loss in this one. He now owns a 1-2-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage this season. He doesn't have any fantasy value right now.
Oct 18 - 10:55 PM

Jimmy Howard was given the hook in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Howard allowed goals on the first two shots he faced. In total, the Wings goalie stopped just one of four shots. He lasted just 15:46 before backup Petr Mrazek entered the game. Despite the ugly outing for Howard, he didn't end up factoring in tonight's decision. He has a 3-1-0 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this season.
Oct 18 - 10:51 PM

Nick Jensen picked up three assists in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He registered the primary assists on Henrik Zetterberg's first-period goal and Jonathan Ericsson's tally in the second frame. He also helped set up Tomas Tatar's goal in the second period. Jensen finished the game with a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:05 of ice time. The 27-year-old now has four assists in seven contests this season. He isn't worthy of a pickup in any fantasy league at this time, though.
Oct 18 - 10:44 PM

David Booth is expected to be a healthy scratch in Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Booth has yet to register a point in the three games he's played so far this season. He made the Red Wings on a professional tryout after not having played since the 2014-15 season, but hasn't reached the seven-minute mark in terms of ice time this year.
Oct 18 - 6:40 PM

Jimmy Howard was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate.

That suggests that Howard will get the nod Wednesday night. He's hit the ground running with a 3-1-0 record, 1.97 GAA, and .942 save percentage in four starts.
Oct 18 - 12:59 PM


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