Maybe, just maybe, a hint of optimism in regards to forward Darren Helm. General manager Ken Holland said this morning Helm met with a back specialist Wednesday and the doctor feels optimistic they’ve narrowed the problem to a ligament in the back. As a matter of fact, Helm said he felt better after getting an … Continue Reading →
Insights, notes and updates from The Detroit News hockey writers
General manager Ken Holland said defenseman Ian White has been cleared and will likely play Tuesday against Calgary. White suffered a deep leg laceration, just above the knee, Jan. 22 against Dallas when goalie Jimmy Howard’s skate sliced him during a play near the crease. White has missed the last five games but his return … Continue Reading →
And down goes another defenseman. The Red Wings have announced between periods that Brendan Smith will not be returning because of an upper body injury. No further details were disclosed. The Red Wings are already without defenseman Ian White (leg laceration) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder). Brian Lashoff is the lone available extra defenseman.
To no one’s real surprise, the major given to St. Louis forward David Backes last night against the Red Wings has been rescinded. Backes was called for illegal hit to the head of Red Wings defenseman Kent Huskins. Replays showed Backes never made contact with Huskins’ head. The Red Wings did score on the power … Continue Reading →
General manager Ken Holland says forward Henrik Zetterberg is “sick today” and that’s the reason the Wings captain wasn’t on the ice today. Zetterberg played during Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Dallas and the Red Wings were off yesterday, which created a bit of a buzz this afternoon when Zetterberg wasn’t on the ice.
Not that it’s much of a surprise, but Red Wings fans are gravitating toward forward Jordin Tootoo. With two big fights in the first period of Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Dallas, the sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena was roaring and the Red Wings themselves looked more energized. Some people have compared Tootoo to Dallas … Continue Reading →
Carlo Colaiacovo skated for the first time Tuesday since injuring his left shoulder, but he’s still a couple weeks away from playing. Colaiacovo, injured Jan. 21 in Columbus, was frustrated getting hurt with his new team so early in the season. Tuesday, it was just about getting the legs loose. The shoulder is getting better … Continue Reading →
Special teams were the key issue in Sunday’s Chicago’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Red Wings. The Red Wings had six power play chances and didn’t do anything with them, including four opportunities in the second period. “It was huge. It was a second period of kills,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “The forwards, the … Continue Reading →
Jonathan Ericsson appears ready to return to the Red Wings lineup tonight in Chicago. Ericsson has missed the last three games after stepping on a puck and slamming into the boards during a practice in Columbus, hurting his hip. When Ericsson returns, it’s likely Jakub Kindl will become the odd man out of the lineup. … Continue Reading →
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise better get used to it when they visit Joe Louis Arena. From here on in, the two Minnesota Wild players who said preferred to sign with the Wild rather than Detroit last summer, will be hearing about it from Red Wings fans. Loudly. In Friday’s 5-3 Red Wings victory, fans … Continue Reading →