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Ericsson likely out until second round | 04/18/2014 10:24 AM
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it is unlikely that Jonathan Ericsson will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs.
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He is still recovering from a broken finger and is aiming for the second round. The fact that the Red Wings are playing the President Trophy winning Bruins makes Ericsson's chances of playing in the post-season remote.
Helm's speed could give Bruins fits | 04/18/2014 10:14 AM
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Third-line center Darren Helm's speed could be a problem for the Bruins.
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In fact, the Wings are a generally fast team from top to bottom which may pose some problems for a bigger but slower Bruins' squad. Helm is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and he will lineup alongside veteran Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Jurco on Detroit's third unit. If pitted against the Bruins' third line, Helm could make some noise this playoffs.
Howard hoping to steal series for Wings | 04/18/2014 10:07 AM
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A key to the Bruins-Red Wings series will be how well Jimmy Howard will be able to hold Boston's talented group of forwards off the scoresheet.
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He did a legitimate job during the regular season as Detroit defeated Boston three times but the playoffs is an entirely different matter. For his part, Howard beleives an upset over the Bruins is possible. "For the last couple of years we have sort of played the underdog role," Howard said. "It's no big deal. It's sort of fun. It's a change, that's for sure. But this team can be very dangerous because of the young legs. They use their speed to an advantage out there". Howard will have to be at his finest if the Wings hope to advance past the Bruins.
Franzen key to Wings' chances | 04/18/2014 9:59 AM
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If Detroit is to have any chance of knocking off the heavily favored Boston Bruins, Johan Franzen will have to score as he has in past playoff series.
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Franzen is one of the NHL's top post-season performers. He as scored 31 goals and registered 59 points in 51 career playoff games. The Wings are going to need that type of production and a whole lot more from others if they are to get by the big, bad Bruins.
Datsyuk to start with Abdelkader on line | 04/18/2014 9:52 AM
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The Red Wing coach Mike Babcock will be very active in mixing up his lines but it seems likely that Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdekkader will play on the same unit against Boston.
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The question will be whether Johan Franzen or Gustav Nyquist will be the third member of the unit. Nyquist has enjoyed success alongside Datsyuk but has also been effective on a kid's line with Riley Sheehan and Tomas Tatar. No matter how the Wings line up, Datsyuk, Franzen, Nyquist and Daniel Alfredsson should be the first four Detroit forwards called out in playoff pools.
Zetterberg hopes to resume contact soon | 04/17/2014 5:45 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) skated for about 30 minutes on Thursday.
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"You just have to take it step by step," he said. Zetterberg hopes to resume contact drills before the end of the week. He reiterated that he probably won't be ready to return during the first round of the playoffs.
Red Wings shuffle lines at practice | 04/17/2014 12:26 PM
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Johan Franzen skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm on Wednesday.
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Coach Mike Babcock did some line shuffling, so it's unclear what combinations he'll have for Game 1 against Boston on Friday night. Luke Glendening centered Drew Miller and David Legwand, while Riley Sheahan played between Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk was flanked by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
Jonathan Ericsson set to skate Thursday | 04/17/2014 12:18 PM
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Jonathan Ericsson (finger) is slated to skate for the first time on Thursday.
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However, it's unlikely that he'll be able to return during the first round of the playoffs. "It's too early to tell," said Ericsson, who will have three pins removed from his finger next week. "The round could go on for about two weeks. It's not going to be the beginning of the round, I know that."
Detroit waives Willie Coetzee | 04/16/2014 12:30 PM
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Willie Coetzee has been placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings.
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Coetzee spent almost the entire 2013-14 campaign with the ECHL Toledo Walleye. He was great at that level though, with 28 goals and 68 points in 64 games.
Smith brothers set for playoff meeting | 04/16/2014 9:39 AM
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Brendan and Reilly Smith will be on opposing sides in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Brendan plays on Detroit's top defense pairing and Reilly skates on Boston's second line, so the two of them are sure to cross paths in the series. They have faced each other before during the regular season, but there's a lot more on the line now.
Henrik Zetterberg aims for Round 2 return | 04/15/2014 1:02 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) hopes to return for the second round, if the Red Wings make it that far.
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It would certainly be challenging for Detroit, given that Boston is its first round opponent. That being said, Zetterberg hasn't been completely ruled out for the first round, so there's always a chance that he'll be able to help out if the series goes deep.
Wings hope Riley Sheahan shines in playoffs | 04/15/2014 10:40 AM
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Riley Sheahan has been scoring from in front of the net, giving the Detroit Red Wings net-front presence that they think will matter in their first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
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"It's huge," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's something we bang on each and every day and we've just got to continue to get better at it if we're going to have success, especially against a heavy team like Boston." Sheahan netted his eight goal of the season last Friday when he was by Carolina's net. He also provides a net-front presence as part of a power play unit that usually includes Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco. Playing with skilled players - Gustav Nyquist is also a regular linemate - makes going to the net a natural move for Sheahan.
Henrik Zetterberg set to practice Tuesday | 04/14/2014 5:06 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to skate with his teammates for the first part of practice on Tuesday.
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GM Ken Holland has already ruled out Zetterberg for the first two games of Detroit's first-round series against Boston. "He appears to be right on track for the original time frame," Holland said Monday. "He's skated a little bit on his own, and now he wants to see how he feels going up and down the ice with the guys, maybe do some light shooting." If he doesn't suffer any setbacks then he probably won't be ready to return unless the Red Wings advance into Round 2 of the postseason.
Justin Abdelkader nets two goals Sunday | 04/13/2014 3:21 PM
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Justin Abdelkader scored twice in the Red Wings' 3-0 victory over St. Louis Sunday afternoon.
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Riley Sheahan accounted for Detroit's other goal. Pavel Datsyuk registered his 19th and 20th assists of the season. Brian Lashoff, Tomas Tatar, and Jakub Kindl each recorded an assist in Detroit's season finale.
Petr Mrazek shuts out the St. Louis Blues | 04/13/2014 3:14 PM
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Petr Mrazek turned aside all 23 St. Louis Blues shots in a 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon.
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Mrazek now has a 1.74 GAA and .927 save percentage in nine games this season. He got the nod so that Jimmy Howard could rest before the playoffs start.
Franzen will rest instead of play Sunday | 04/13/2014 12:00 PM
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Johan Franzen will rest instead of playing on Sunday.
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The season finale doesn't mean much to Detroit, so it made more sense to Detroit to give a few of its players a breather. Franzen has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Dan DeKeyser gets season finale off | 04/13/2014 11:58 AM
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Dan DeKeyser will not be used Sunday afternoon.
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The Red Wings want DeKeyser to take a game off before the playoffs start. He has 23 points and 30 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
Niklas Kronwall will not play Sunday | 04/13/2014 11:56 AM
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Niklas Kronwall will be a healthy scratch on Sunday.
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Detroit is resting a few of its players ahead of the playoffs. Kronwall will finish the season with eight goals and 49 points in 79 games this season.
Jimmy Howard gets the nod Sunday | 04/13/2014 10:33 AM
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Jimmy Howard will start for Detroit on Sunday.
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Howard has allowed just two goals in each of his last five starts. He has a 2.66 GAA and .910 save percentage in 51 contests in 2013-14.
Red Wings call up Ryan Sproul | 04/13/2014 10:31 AM
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Ryan Sproul has been summoned by the Detroit Red Wings.
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Sproul might make his NHL debut on Sunday. He has 31 points and 49 penalty minutes in 71 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Detroit promotes Xavier Ouellet | 04/13/2014 10:29 AM
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Xavier Ouellet has been called up by the Detroit Red Wings.
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Summoning Ouellet gives Detroit the opportunity to rest one of its veterans for the season finale. Ouellet has four goals and 16 points in 68 AHL games this season.
Daniel Alfredsson won't play on Sunday | 04/13/2014 10:27 AM
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Daniel Alfredsson will miss Sunday's game against St. Louis due to his lingering back problems.
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Alfredsson is expected to still be fine to play for Detroit in Game 1 of the first round. That might mean that it might be possible for him to play on Sunday, but won't because the season finale is of little consequence to Detroit.
Wings' loss Friday could be costly | 04/12/2014 10:14 AM
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The Red Wings' 2-1 loss to Carolina Friday night could impact the team's chances to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
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Detroit clinched a post-season berth earlier in the week but are now looking at qualifying as the eighth seed in the conference. Detroit is tied with Philadelphia and Columbus with 91 points but has only Sunday's game against St. Louis left, while the Blue Jackets play the Panthers, a much easier opponent. The Flyers have two games left, including one against Carolina on Sunday. If the Wings in fact wind up in eighth, they will have the pleasure of playing a very tough Boston squad in the first round of the playoffs. That's not exactly a recipe for success.
Jimmy Howard, Wings suffer costly loss to CAR | 04/11/2014 10:54 PM
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Jimmy Howard's four game winning streak came to a halt on Friday night as the Hurricanes came into Detroit and beat the Red Wings 2-1.
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Howard faced just 19 shots but allowed two first period goals to let the Canes steal the victory. The loss prevented Detroit from leapfrogging the Blue Jackets into seventh place in the East. The two teams are tied at 91 points with one game remaining each, but Columbus owns the tiebreaker. The Wings will need a win in their final game, paired with either a Columbus loss or Philadelphia to lose their final two games in order to move out of the eighth seed.
Riley Sheahan scores but Wings fall to Canes | 04/11/2014 10:36 PM
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Riley Sheahan registered his eighth goal of the season in Detroit's 2-1 loss to Carolina on Friday night.
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The 22 year old now has 23 points in 41 games, a decent output from the 1st round, 17th overall selection from 2010. With the loss, the Red Wings will need to win their next game versus St. Louis and hope for some help from Columbus and Philadelphia in order to move up from the eighth seed in the East.
Jonathan Ericsson could return in Round 2 | 04/11/2014 9:41 AM
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Jonathan Ericsson (finger) isn't expected to be available in the first round of the playoffs.
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He's apparently on track to return in the second round if Detroit makes it that far. Ericsson has been out of action since Mar. 18 because of broken finger, which required surgery to repair.
Wings call up goalie Jared Coreau | 04/11/2014 9:37 AM
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Jared Coreau has been summoned from the minors by Detroit.
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He was brought up as a precaution because Jonas Gustavsson is dealing with a minor undisclosed ailment. If Gustavsson can't dress against Carolina then Coreau will back up Jimmy Howard.
Jonas Gustavsson has a minor injury | 04/11/2014 9:35 AM
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Jonas Gustavsson suffered a minor undisclosed injury Wednesday, which may prevent him from dressing Friday night against Carolina.
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Detroit called up Jared Coreau from the minors on Thursday just in case. "We could find after the morning skate he's ready to go," GM Ken Holland said. "This is just a precaution."
Henrik Zetterberg (back) resumes skating | 04/11/2014 9:32 AM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) resumed skating on his own this week.
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It's still hard to say when he'll available to play again, though. "Until he is practicing with the Red Wings, we really don't know," GM Ken Holland said. His initial timetable was set at eight weeks and that is still two weeks away from happening. Zetterberg could return late in the first round of the playoffs or in the second round depending on how deep the Red Wings make it. He hasn't played for Detroit since Feb. 8 after he got hurt in the Olympics while suiting up for Sweden.
Daniel Alfredsson is hungry for a Stanley Cup | 04/10/2014 12:13 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson is excited to get a crack at winning the Stanley Cup.
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The Red Wings secured their spot in the playoffs with a shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. "That's what you play for, to get into the playoffs," said Alfredsson. "I've played a long time in this league and played a lot of playoff games but haven't won the Stanley Cup. That's what you dream about and that's the only reason I'm still playing, I guess." Alfredsson has 18 goals and 49 points in 67 games this year.
Jonas Gustavsson loses in SO vs. Penguins | 04/09/2014 11:42 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson and the Red Wings dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Penguins Wednesday night.
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With the Red Wings safely in a playoff position, the team took advantage of an opportunity to rest starter Jimmy Howard, which is why Gustavsson found himself in this game, stopping 21 of 24 shots. "The Monster" possesses a 2.63 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Wings will go with Jonas Gustavsson Wednesday | 04/09/2014 12:25 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson will start against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
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Gustavsson will attempt to bounce back after allowing five goals on 26 shots on Saturday. With Detroit all-but guaranteed a playoff spot at this point, it looks like the Red Wings are giving Jimmy Howard a bit of a break.
David Legwand nets GWG Tuesday night | 04/09/2014 10:16 AM
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David Legwand potted the game-winning goal in Tuesday's game versus Buffalo.
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He gave Detroit a 3-1 lead in the third period and his 14th marker of the year held up as the winner. Legwand has generated 51 points this season, including four goals and 11 points in 18 games with the Red Wings.
Darren Helm scores in win against Sabres | 04/09/2014 10:12 AM
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Darren Helm centered Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Jurco in Tuesday's win over Buffalo.
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Helm scored his 12th goal of the season in the contest and coach Mike Babcock was pleased with how the trio worked. He has 19 points in 39 games this season.
Babcock passes Jack Adams on DET win list | 04/09/2014 10:05 AM
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Coach Mike Babcock passed Jack Adams for first place in career wins with the Red Wings on Tuesday night with victory No. 414.
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"The win tonight is way more important than that," said Babcock. "Those are the things you think about in the summer. But I'm thrilled. No. 1, in order to do that, you have to be there a long time. Jack Adams was there a long time. Tying Scotty Bowman was something because I know Scotty was there 10 years." This could also finally be the year that Babcock wins the Jack Adams Award, which goes annually to the NHL's top coach.
Jimmy Howard wins fourth straight | 04/08/2014 11:43 PM
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Jimmy Howard blocked 25 of 27 shots to help Detroit inch closer to a playoff berth after disposing of the Sabres 4-1 on Tuesday.
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Howard pulled off his fourth straight victory, and in each win he's allowed two goals. The 30 year old is starting to rebound from a tough start to the season and an injury midway through, and is now 21-18-11 with a .910 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average.
Pavel Datsyuk looking better, scores goal | 04/08/2014 11:33 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk scored for the second straight game in his third contest since returning to the lineup, as the Red Wings continued to roll with a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.
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Datsyuk's goal was an empty netter, but the Russian superstar played almost three minutes more than he had in his first two games back since his month-long absence. That is a good sign for the Red Wings with the playoffs on the horizon. Datsyuk has 35 points in 42 games this year.
Pavel Datsyuk intends to pick up the pace | 04/07/2014 12:38 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk played in back-to-back games in his return to the lineup last week.
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"I feel OK," he said. "So, now I just try to pick up more of the pace, every day. I feel better. It's a long way, and I have a tough season." Datsyuk scored a goal against Montreal on Saturday after he returned on Friday versus Buffalo. It's being speculated that he could require surgery on his knee in the off-season, but he's in the lineup now and is trying to help the Red Wings secure a playoff spot.
Jonas Gustavsson roughed up in Wings loss | 04/05/2014 11:02 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson yielded five goals on 26 shots in Detroit's 5-3 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.
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The Red Wings had a chance to pull within five points of the second spot in the Atlantic, which Montreal occupies. Instead, they remain three points ahead of Columbus for the first wild-card spot. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the back-up goalie. Gustavsson has a 2.62 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Pavel Datsyuk scores, but Wings fall to Habs | 04/05/2014 11:01 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings in their 5-3 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.
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It only took two games for the world-class center to get back on track after a long layoff because of a knee injury. Datsyuk has 16 goals and 34 points this season. Luke Glendening scored the first goal of his career, while Niklas Kronwall, who also had a helper, got the other. The blueliner notched a game-high seven shots on goal as well. Johan Franzen amassed two assists.
Henrik Zetterberg should start skating soon | 04/04/2014 2:05 PM
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to start skating next week.
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Zetterberg won't be back before the end of the regular season, but he might be able to contribute to Detroit's probable playoff run. Given that the Red Wings are likely to make the playoffs despite losing Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for significant portions of the campaign, it will be interesting to see how they do in the first round if they get both of them back. They're one low seed that could pull off an upset.
Datsyuk won't play on top line in return | 04/04/2014 1:52 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will not play on the Red Wings' top line in his return on Friday.
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Instead Datsyuk will play alongside Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. That's probably partially an effort to ease Datsyuk into the lineup and partially a desire to keep the Red Wings' hot scoring lines intact for now. "It's not about Pavel Datsyuk tonight, it's about the Red Wings," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He's got to fit in."
Weiss isn't expected to return this season | 04/04/2014 1:15 PM
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It looks like Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) won't return before the end of the season.
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"I don't really know where he's at," Wings GM Ken Holland said. "I know he's frustrated. He's not on the horizon to come back. I was just in there talking to Steve, talking to our trainers, everybody is a little bit frustrated because we obviously thought he would be back by now, actually a long time ago." Detroit is considering sending Weiss back to the doctor who performed his sports hernia surgery in December. Weiss' first season with Detroit couldn't have gone much worse as he scored just two goals and four points in 26 games.
Alfredsson hasn't skated due to back problem | 04/03/2014 2:44 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson is dealing with a sore back.
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He didn't practice on Thursday and he missed Wednesday's game due to the ailment. Alfredsson hasn't skated for the last four days, but he hasn't been completely ruled out of playing on Friday night. Stay tuned for news following Detroit's morning skate.
Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will return on Friday | 04/03/2014 2:40 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk is ready to return to the lineup from his knee problem.
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He will be back in the fold when Detroit plays Buffalo at home on Friday night. Datsyuk skated alongside Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader in Thursday's practice and declared himself fit to play after the session. He hasn't played since Feb. 27 so there may be some rust, but there isn't much time left in the season so activate him immediately.
Tomas Tatar helps spur Wings' comeback | 04/03/2014 9:54 AM
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Tomas Tatar produced a goal and an assist in Detroit's comeback win over Boston on Wednesday night.
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He got the Wings on the board in the second period with his 19th goal of the season and then added an assist and then he helped set up the game-tying marker in the third by Tomas Jurco.
Jimmy Howard wins second straight vs. Bs | 04/02/2014 10:50 PM
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Jimmy Howard was very sharp for the Red Wings on Wednesday night in a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.
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Howard turned away 33 of 35 shots in the victory, which was his second in a row and lifted his record to 19-18-11. His GAA is now 2.70 while his save percentage is .910.
Gustav Nyquist scores highlight reel GWG | 04/02/2014 10:47 PM
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Gustav Nyquist was at it again Wednesday as he notched the game-winning goal for the Red Wings in a 3-2 defeat of the Bruins.
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Nyquist's highlight reel tally was the second goal in a span of 1:42 for the Wings and capped off Detroit's third period comeback. Tomas Tatar picked up a goal and an assist in the victory while Tomas Jurco added his sixth of the season.
Daniel Alfredsson out Wednesday with LBI | 04/02/2014 12:24 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson will sit out Wednesday's game against Boston because of a lower-body injury.
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He is being listed as day-to-day. Injuries aren't new for the Red Wings, as the club has been hit hard all season long in that regard. Alfredsson is the latest player to head to the infirmary. He has 45 points in 63 games this season, including three goals and five assists in his past nine outings.
Pavel Datsyuk (knee) won't play Wednesday | 04/02/2014 12:19 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk won't return from his knee injury on Wednesday night.
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"I will play as soon as possible, but I need be careful," Datsyuk said after announcing that he wouldn't play against Boston. He is considered to be close to getting back into the lineup, but it's still unclear when that will happen. Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27.
Wings might get Pavel Datsyuk back Wednesday | 04/01/2014 3:40 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) might be able to return on Wednesday.
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Datsyuk was shut down on March 5 to help with the inflammation in his knee. He tested out the injury by practicing with the Red Wings on Tuesday and the results were very encouraging. Detroit is already in a very good position in the battle for a Wild Card spot, but getting back Datsyuk now would still be huge, especially seeing as it would give him some time to get back up to speed before the playoffs.
Gustav Nyquist gets NHL's 2nd star of March | 04/01/2014 1:33 PM
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Gustav Nyquist has earned the second star of the month.
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Nyquist is the reason the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of making the playoffs for a 23rd straight season. With several of Detroit's best players out, Nyquist has stepped up with 12 goals and 18 points in 15 March games. That makes this his best month to date, but he's been great all season and has been giving the Red Wings a reason to believe that they might come out the other end of this transitional period as a strong team.
Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will practice Tuesday | 04/01/2014 9:18 AM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) is expected to fully participate in Tuesday's practice.
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There's still no word on his status and a timetable for his return remains unclear. A clearer picture may surface after Tuesday's session. Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27 because of an inflamed knee.
David Legwand helps Wings top Tampa Bay | 03/31/2014 12:00 PM
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David Legwand had the game-winning goal and added an assist in Deroit's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
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He had no points and a minus-5 rating in his previous four outings. Legwand has three goals and nine points in 14 games with the Red Wings since he was acquired from Nashville at the trade deadline.
Jonas Gustavsson gives quality over quantity | 03/30/2014 7:59 PM
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When he hasn't been injured, Detroit Red Wings backup Jonas Gustavsson has been outstanding; he won his third in a row as his team beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Sunday.
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The unfortunate part is that "The Monster"'s three-game winning streak came across the following dates: March 30 (Sunday), March 7 and Feb. 27. Overall he's 16-4-3 with a .912 save percentage and 2.52 GAA, at least making an argument that he can play in the NHL going forward.
Gustav Nyquist continues electrifying run | 03/30/2014 7:51 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings enjoyed another big win in part because of Gustav Nyquist's continued dominance; he extended his point streak to nine games with another goal in a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
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He now has 27 goals on the season, including 22 in his last 27 games. Overall, he has 45 points in 50 games played, but numbers like that might not even do justice to the hot streak he's on. He's somehow only owned in 60 percent of Yahoo leagues, so you'd be wise to take a look at see if he's available in yours.
Justin Abdelkader back in action on Sunday | 03/30/2014 6:14 PM
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Justin Abdelkader returned to action for the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
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He had been sidelined with a lacerated leg. The hard-hitting forward replaced Todd Bertuzzi in the lineup in a game that is in progress.
Johan Franzen gets an assist Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:11 AM
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Johan Franzen recorded an assist in a 4-2 win over Toronto.
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That gives Franzen 16 goals and 37 points this season. He's been limited to just 47 games due to concussion problems.
Gustav Nyquist scores 26th goal of 2013-14 | 03/30/2014 10:07 AM
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Gustav Nyquist scored a goal in Detroit's 4-2 victory over Toronto on Saturday.
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Detroit has dealt with more than its fair share of injuries this season, but there's still a good chance that the Red Wings will make the playoffs and the rise of Nyquist is one of the big reasons why. He has 26 goals and 44 points in 49 games this season.
Jonas Gustavsson in net for Detroit Sunday | 03/30/2014 9:01 AM
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Jonas Gustavsson will be between the pipes on Sunday.
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Gustavsson has been battling a groin injury for the last three weeks and this will be his first game in goal since then. He is 15-4-3 this season with a 2.55 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Activate him if you normally would.
Helm's hat trick leads Wings over Leafs | 03/29/2014 10:00 PM
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Darren Helm's hat trick powered the Red Wings over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night 4-2.
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Helm's first-career three-goal game couldn't have come at a better time with Detroit fighting for a playoff spot. Helm scored twice in the second -- once shorthanded -- and another in the third to give him 10 goals on the year. Gustav Nyquist potted the other. Jakub Kindl assisted twice and finished a team-high plus-two on the night.
Jimmy Howard makes 25 saves in big win | 03/29/2014 9:58 PM
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Jimmy Howard made 25 saves in the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
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This is more along the lines of the Howard the Red Wings need to see moving forward. Howard hadn't won in three games, giving up three or more goals in those contests. His goals-against average sits at 2.71 and his save percentage at .909. Detroit occupies the final wild-card spot.
Justin Abdelkader might be back on Sunday | 03/29/2014 3:04 PM
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Justin Abdelkader (leg) might be ready to return on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
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"I had a good skate today, get a little workout tonight and then see how it feels in the morning," Abdelkader said after taking to the ice on Saturday. "Hopefully the swelling stays out of it and I feel good. It's been slowly progressing so we'll see." He has been sidelined since Mar. 16.
Weiss skates on own for 1st time 10 days | 03/29/2014 9:46 AM
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Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) skated on his own for the first time in 10 days.
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The Wings were encouraged to see Weiss back on the ice but don't expect him to return to action during the regualr season. It has been a nightmare campaign for the former Panther as he played poorly when in the lineup and has missed the bulk of the season due to injury.
Datsyuk's return not imminent | 03/29/2014 9:40 AM
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Don't look for Pavel Datsyuk to return to action next week.
Detroit News

Impact
Although he is progressing from a knee injury he is not slated to skate with his Red Wing teammates in a real practice until Tuesday. That doesn't bode well for a return in the next seven days. Check back with us next week for further updates on Datsyuk's recovery.
Howard to start v Leafs in big game Saturday | 03/29/2014 9:35 AM
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Jimmy Howard will be between the pipes Saturday night in a big game against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
The two teams are fighting for a wild card playoff spot and Howard will be looking to improve on his 1-1-1 lifetime record against the Buds. In four career games against Toronto. Howard has a 2.61 GAA, and a .894 save percentage.
Darren Helm could get first line action | 03/29/2014 9:31 AM
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Darren Helm could get a look on the Red Wings' top line Saturday night against Toronto.
Detroit News

Impact
He actually skated a little on the first unit Thursday night when Detroit coach Mike Babcock demoted the slumping David Legwand. Playing between the white hot Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen will certainly be a boost to Helm's fantasy value. Keep an eye on this situation.
Hasek to be inducted into Sabres' HOF | 03/29/2014 9:08 AM
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Dominik Hasek will be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Buffalo News

Impact
There will be a ceremony for the former Sabres' star goalie prior to the Buffalo game against Tampa. Hasek was in town Friday and had a nice conversation with Sabres' coach Ted Nolan, whom he had a bit of falling out with during Nolan's first tenure as Buffalo coach. It should be a nice night in Buffalo.
David Legwand moves down to third line | 03/28/2014 3:23 PM
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David Legwand practiced on the Red Wings' third line on Friday.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Legwand skated alongside Daniel Alfredsson and Joakim Andersson. Legwand got off to a hot start with Detroit after being acquired from Nashville, but he's minus-six in his last three contests.
Jimmy Howard will play against Leafs Saturday | 03/28/2014 1:09 PM
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Jimmy Howard will start in Saturday's game against Toronto.
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Impact
It will be a critical game for both teams as they fight for a Wild Card spot. Howard has a 2.73 GAA and .909 save percentage in 46 games this season.
Riley Sheahan records 2 points against Habs | 03/28/2014 10:19 AM
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Riley Sheahan posted a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Montreal.
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Impact
He has recorded six points, including five helpers, in his past five matches. The play of youngsters like Sheahan has allowed the Red Wings to stay in the playoff hunt despite a plethora of injuries this season. He has 21 points in 33 games with Detroit.
Johan Franzen ends goal drought Thursday | 03/28/2014 10:15 AM
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Johan Franzen ended a nine-game goalless drought on Thursday night.
Detroit News

Impact
Franzen came out of the Olympic break firing on all cylinders, but his trademark inconsistency has reared its ugly head again. He had just one assist during his dry spell. In 46 games this year, Franzen has 16 goals and 36 points.
Jimmy Howard struggles in loss to Canadiens | 03/27/2014 10:09 PM
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Jimmy Howard had his share of troubles in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Canadiens.
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Impact
Howard allowed five goals on just 29 shots in what was one of his rockier performances in recent memory. His record drops to 17-18-11 with the defeat while his GAA and save percentage are 2.62 and .909, respectively.
Tomas Tatar nets a pair for Wings in loss | 03/27/2014 10:06 PM
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Tomas Tatar led the way for Detroit Thursday, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Canadiens in a 5-4 loss.
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Impact
With two goals in this contest, Tatar is the most recent young buck on the Red Wings to become a major offensive contributor. Riley Sheahan and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings in the losing effort.
Tomas Jurco's return bumps Alfredsson | 03/27/2014 4:08 PM
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Tomas Jurco will be back in Detroit's lineup on Thursday after missing seven games with a rib injury.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
He's slated to join David Legwand and Johan Franzen on the top line, which bumps Daniel Alfredsson down to the third unit with Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson. Although, coach Mike Babcock said that Jurco might end up back with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar at some point.
Pavel Datsyuk (knee) skated on Wednesday | 03/27/2014 11:22 AM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) skated on Wednesday in an optional practice.
Detroit News

Impact
Coach Mike Babcock didn't manage the session, but trainer Piet van Zant said "he looks like he could play" when referring to Datsyuk. Babcock was far more pessimistic saying, "When I see him in the lineup, I'll believe it." There's no timetable in place for his return.
Zetterberg hopes to play again this year | 03/27/2014 11:14 AM
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Henrik Zetterberg spoke with reporters on Wednesday and he's feeling better since undergoing back surgery.
Detroit News

Impact
"Feeling much better, thank you," he said. "Obviously, it was a struggle there for a bit. But last two weeks has been much better." He won't be allowed to skate with any kind of contact until at least one day after the playoffs begin. The Red Wings are battling for a wild card spot and Zetterberg believes he can play again this year if his teammates can snag a postseason berth. "That's the goal," he said. "I want to play hockey again this year, if the rehab goes as planned. I've been moving a lot more the past two weeks, but just have to take it step by step. So far, no hiccups and it's just got to stay that way."
Tomas Jurco is ready to rejoin Red Wings | 03/26/2014 1:53 PM
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Tomas Jurco (ribs) is healthy enough to play Thursday.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Jurco has been out for seven straight games. He has five goals and 10 points in 26 contests in 2013-14.
Detroit demotes Mitchell Callahan | 03/26/2014 12:07 PM
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Mitchell Callahan has been sent to the AHL.
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Impact
Callahan made his NHL debut on Tuesday, logging 9:01 minutes in Detroit's 4-2 loss. He has 25 goals and 40 points in 66 AHL games this season.
Justin Abdelkader could return next week | 03/26/2014 9:17 AM
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Justin Abdelkader (leg) might return to Detroit's lineup next week.
Detroit News

Impact
If he manages to resume skating at some point this week then that could be a possibility. He has been out of commission since suffering a lacerated leg on Mar. 16 against Chicago.
Pavel Datsyuk (knee) 'hoping to play soon' | 03/26/2014 9:13 AM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) announced on Twitter Monday night that he's "hoping to play soon," but Detroit GM Ken Holland said a determination on the talented center's status hasn't been made yet.
Detroit News

Impact
"At some point between now and Friday my plan was to sit down with Pav and Piet (Van Zant, Red Wings trainer) and see how he's feeling, I haven't really asked him," Holland said. "I have my fingers crossed the time off and the things they did with him are going to give us a positive result. I was happy to see him (Datsuk, skate). He told me Friday he was going on the ice Monday. That was encouraging. But at the same time he knows we have to test it out." Datsyuk has been sidelined since Feb. 27.
| 03/26/2014 1:40 AM
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Todd Bertuzzi returned to action on Tuesday March 25.
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Jimmy Howard shaky in Wings' loss to Jackets | 03/26/2014 12:57 AM
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Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 27 shots as the Jackets downed the Wings 4-2 on Tuesday night to move into a tie in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
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Impact
Howard second straight loss drops him to 17-17-11 this season with a .911 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average. The 29 year old will look to rebound during an onslaught of crucial divisional games coming up this week.
Gustav Nyquist scores ninth goal in past six | 03/26/2014 12:47 AM
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Gustav Nyquist scored two more goals on Tuesday night, making it six straight games with at least a goal for the remarkable sniper.
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Impact
Nyquist has nine goals during this six game streak, and 25 goals in just 47 games this season. All 27 players ahead of the 24 year old Swede in the goal scoring race have played between 14-27 more games than him. Nyquist has 18 goals in 30 games since the Winter Classic on Jan 1.
Red Wings send Cory Emmerton to the AHL | 03/25/2014 4:37 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have demoted Cory Emmerton.
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Impact
Emmerton has two assists in 18 games with Detroit this season. The 25-year-old also has 14 goals and 35 points in 43 AHL contests.
Pavel Datsyuk skates with Wings on Tuesday | 03/25/2014 2:19 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk (knee) has started to skate again.
RedWings.nhl.com

Impact
Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27. It's still not clear if he's close to returning, but Detroit could certainly use the help as they compete for one of the final playoff spots.
Mitchell Callahan will make his debut Tuesday | 03/25/2014 2:18 PM
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Mitchell Callahan is expected to make his NHL debut on Tuesday.
RedWings.nhl.com

Impact
Callahan will likely skate alongside Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson. He has 40 points and 51 penalty minutes in 66 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Tomas Jurco (ribs) might return Thursday | 03/25/2014 2:17 PM
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Tomas Jurco (ribs) was on the ice with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
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Impact
Jurco has missed six straight games due to the injury. He's tentatively targeting Thursday for his return date.
Luke Glendening still seeking his first goal | 03/25/2014 8:50 AM
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Luke Glendening is still looking for his first career NHL goal.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
He has gone the longest among rookie forwards in Detroit's franchise history without scoring a goal. In 45 games with the Wings, Glendening has contributed four assists.
Red Wings have 351 man-games lost to injuries | 03/25/2014 8:45 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings have lost a franchise record 351 man-games to injuries this year.
Detroit News

Impact
You can peruse the injuries they've gone through by clicking the link. The fact that the Wings have stayed afloat and in the Eastern Conference playoff picture despite playing without star players Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk for extended stretches is very impressive.
Wings send Landon Ferraro back to minors | 03/24/2014 5:49 PM
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Landon Ferraro has been reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids.
Detroit News

Impact
In four games with the Red Wings, he had no points and two shots, while averaging 8:58 of ice time.
Red Wings bring up Mitchell Callahan | 03/24/2014 5:47 PM
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Mitchell Callahan has been called up by Detroit.
Detroit News

Impact
He's slated to make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Columbus. Callahan has recorded 25 goals, 40 points and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games with AHL Grand Rapids this year.
Gustav Nyquist captures 1st star of the week | 03/24/2014 1:59 PM
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Gustav Nyquist has been awarded with the first star of the week.
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Impact
He generated six goals and one assist in four matches to extend his scoring streak to five games. Nyquist leads the Red Wings with 23 goals and 18 of them have come since Jan. 20. He has 40 points in just 46 games with Detroit this campaign.
Tomas Jurco feels better, may play this week | 03/24/2014 11:45 AM
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Tomas Jurco (rib) thinks he could be ready to return by the weekend.
Detroit News

Impact
"I feel much better," Jurco said after taking to the ice on Sunday. "I can skate now, shoot (the puck). It's a little sore when I shoot but it's much better than it was." He has been out of action since Mar. 11 with a broken rib.
Todd Bertuzzi (flu) sits out Sunday's game | 03/24/2014 11:41 AM
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Todd Bertuzzi didn't play Sunday because of the flu.
Detroit News

Impact
Just an FYI, as he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues anymore. Bertuzzi has nine goals and 16 points in 54 games this season.
Tomas Tatar earns 2 points in OT loss to Wild | 03/24/2014 11:38 AM
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Tomas Tatar notched a goal and added an assist in Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
Detroit News

Impact
He now has 16 goals and 30 points in 62 games with the Red Wings. Tatar has been skating on Detroit's "Kid Line" alongside Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan.
| 03/24/2014 1:30 AM
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Joakim Andersson returned to action on Sunday March 23.
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Gustav Nyquist still on fire - scores twice | 03/23/2014 10:30 PM
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Gustav Nyquist remained red hot Sunday as he scored a pair of goals in Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss to Minnesota.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
With each passing game, the young winger continues adding to his impressive stretch. In his last five games, he has netted a whopping seven goals and has now accumulated 23 for the year in just 46 games. Tomas Tatar also found the back of the net for Detroit in the losing effort.
Jimmy Howard's hot streak halted by Wild | 03/23/2014 10:25 PM
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Jimmy Howard's winning streak was ended at three Sunday as the Red Wings dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Minnesota.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Howard wasn't particularly sharp in this contest, as he permitted the Wild to score four goals on 25 shots in the defeat, which drops his record to 17-16-11. His GAA is 2.67 while his save percentage is .912. With Detroit in the thick of a playoff race, look for their starting netminder to get all the playing time he can handle.
Darren Helm returns from concussion Saturday | 03/23/2014 7:33 AM
News
Darren Helm (concussion) was back in the lineup on Saturday.
Detroit News

Impact
"I felt all right, we'll see how the body feels tomorrow," said Helm after the contest. "Everything, the speed, the positioning, the lungs as well, it's going to take a few games probably. I have to push myself each game and get better as time goes on. It's going to take a little while to get used to it again." He missed eight games with a concussion. Helm has been limited to 30 games this season due to injuries and he's produced 12 points.
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