Player News - Red Wings

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Jimmy Howard overcame a tough start to backstop Detroit to a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Howard allowed three goals in the first 29 minutes, but settled down in the second half as the Red Wings tied the game late and won with a last-minute goal in overtime. Howard improves to 3-1-2 this season with a .929 save percentage and 1.96 goals against average.
Oct 23 - 10:51 PM

Niklas Kronwall pitched in two goals and an assist in the Wings' thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

In a rematch of the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup finals, the Red Wings twice overcame two goal deficits, Kronwall tied the game with 39 seconds to go in the third and Justin Abdelkader ended it in the final minute of overtime. The 33 year-old Kronwall now has two goals and six points in seven games this season.
Oct 23 - 10:30 PM

Tomas Jurco is projected to work with Detroit's top power-play unit on Thursday night.

The Wings want him to be a puck retriever for a group that includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Niklas Kronwall. Gustav Nyquist was put on the second unit, so that he could possess the puck more often. Detroit is doing some power play tinkering because they have scored just two goals on 25 opportunities this year.
Oct 23 - 5:27 PM

Daniel Cleary hasn't dressed in any of Detroit's first six games.

He's been a healthy scratch for the Red Wings, but coach Mike Babcock expects the veteran winger to stay ready. "He just has to keep working hard," Babcock said. "It's not an easy job, but it's the job he has right now and he's been fine. He works hard and he's a good pro. We come in each and every day and try to put the guys out there that give us the best opportunity."
Oct 23 - 10:46 AM

Detroit's power play, and the team's offense in general, should get a boost when Pavel Datsyuk gets back up to speed.

"I feel a little slow," said Datsyuk, who returned to lineup on Tuesday from a separated shoulder. "Everybody's flying around. I needed to make better plays and be stronger on the puck. But always this happens in the first game after (a prolonged absence). Every game (going forward) will be much better and I will be much more comfortable." He missed most of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season, but he still looked dangerous against Montreal when he got his opportunities. The Red Wings are 2-for-24 on the power play, but Datsyuk should be able to get them back on track.
Oct 23 - 10:42 AM

Jimmy Howard will be Detroit's starter on Thursday.

Howard has a 1.77 GAA and .937 save percentage in five games. Despite his impressive work, he only has a 2-1-2 record so far this season as the Red Wings have gotten off to a slow start offensively.
Oct 22 - 2:40 PM

Dan DeKeyser earned an assist on Detroit's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday.

It was his first point since he picked up a helper in the Red Wings' season opener. DeKeyser has been averaging 20:37 of ice time after six games this campaign.
Oct 22 - 8:17 AM

Pavel Datsyuk contributed an assist in his return to the lineup on Tuesday night.

He also appeared to score a goal in Detroit's 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal, but it was waved off because it was ruled that Justin Abdelkader interfered with Carey Price. Datsyuk looked good in his first game back from a shoulder injury and coach Mike Babcock expects him to be better when he gets into a groove. "When you miss as much time as Pav has missed, it's going to take you some time," Babcock said. "He's a talented guy but it's going to take some time to get capable of what you're being."
Oct 22 - 8:13 AM

Henrik Zetterberg was the lone goal scorer for the Red Wings in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens.

The return of Pavel Datsyuk to the Detroit lineup was expected to give the team an offensive boost and although the winger's presence helped to create Zetterberg's tally, the team was unable to beat Carey Price for any further goals.
Oct 21 - 11:20 PM

Jimmy Howard was a hard-luck loser Tuesday night as the Red Wings were downed by Montreal in overtime by a score of 2-1.

Howard was excellent in this game even if the final numbers don't do his performance justice. He allowed two goals on 36 shots in the defeat and was the sole reason the Red Wings were not beaten during regulation time. With the defeat his record falls to 2-1-2 while his save percentage is a sparkling .937 and his GAA is a minuscule 1.77.
Oct 21 - 11:16 PM

Stephen Weiss is projected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

Weiss has only played in one game this season. Granted it's still early in the campaign, but after what happened in 2013-14, it would not surprise us in the least if this ends with him being bought out over the summer.
Oct 21 - 3:17 PM

Gustav Nyquist is expected to shift to the Red Wings' second line on Tuesday.

Nyquist had been playing alongside Henrik Zetterberg, but that will change now that Pavel Datsyuk is back. Instead, Nyquist will join Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Tatar and Sheahan have gotten off to slow starts this season, but it will be interesting to see what the young trio can do.
Oct 21 - 3:15 PM

Now that Pavel Datsyuk is healthy, he'll play alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader on the top line.

The Red Wings have, at times, separated Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the interest of balancing the team's top two lines. They might go down that road eventually, but with the rise of Gustav Nyquist, Detroit has a bit more scoring depth now.
Oct 21 - 3:13 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) should be back into the Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday.

Datsyuk missed the start of the season after sustaining the injury during Detroit's first preseason game. He's battle more than his fair share of ailments in recent years, but he's one of the league's top players when he's healthy.
Oct 21 - 12:48 PM

Gustav Nyquist skated alongside Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar on Monday.

Tomas Jurco was bumped to the third line as the Red Wings shuffled their combinations due to the pending return of Pavel Datsyuk. Nyquist leads Detroit with four goals in five games this season and he should add a jolt of offense to the team's "Kid Line."
Oct 21 - 9:28 AM

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