Player News - Red Wings

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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

Updating an earlier item, Petr Mrazek will in fact start Saturday afternoon against Tampa.

Jimmy Howard is struggling (eight goals allowed on 32 shots over parts of two games) so coach Mike Babcock is turning to Mrazek. If Mrazek plays well he could steal the starting job from Howard. "Everybody in the National Hockey League knows that the best guys get to play and if you're playing the best you get to play," Babcock said. "Anytime you're struggling as a player it's your job to work extra hard when you get your opportunity. It's no different for Pete Mrazek. He gets an opportunity. He's got to seize it. We just watch and they decide who plays. Everyone thinks the coach decides. All the coach does is observe, and then the guys who play the best get to play." Sounds like Mrazek has an opportunity to displace Howard, at least in the short term. Let's see what he does with it.
Mar 28 - 9:37 AM

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


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