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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 9:35 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal

Jeff Blashill began tinkering with his forward lines in the second period of Friday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Red Wings’ coach didn’t stop Saturday.

Detroit opened with a new set of lines that featured Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Andreas Athanasiou and Luke Glendening up the middle.

The Wings started the games with the following lines:


While the Wings tried figuring out line chemistry, they struggled in the defensive end of the ice as sort-out problems continue to plague this team early in the season. Fortunately, that’s where Petr Mrazek – who was making his 10th start of the season – came up big again, stopping all 12 shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes.

Offensively, the Wings had trouble sustaining any type of zone time. In fact, they went nearly seven minutes before getting their first shot on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. It was with 13:02 showing on the clock, that Athanasiou cut in from the right wing and slipped a soft backhander toward Rask for the team’s first SOG.

Moments later, Dylan Larkin hit the post after the midway point of the period.

But though it all, the Wings managed to head to the first intermission without any damage done. They perhaps had the best scoring chance late in the period when Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader cruised in on a 2 on 1. But Rask made a magnificent sliding save on Abdelkader’s redirection from a centering pass by the Wings’ captain.




SHOTS: Detroit 5, Boston 12.

Getting shots to the net continued to be problematic for the Wings as they went the first seven minutes of the period without getting anything on Rask.

The Bruins got the first power play chance when Darren Helm picked up a hooking minor at 2:12. Boston managed to keep pressure on for nearly the entire two-minute man advantage. But Detroit’s defense did a fine job of cutting down the shooting lanes, particularly Alexy Marchenko, who had two blocks during the sequence.

Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 7:18. The Bruins’ center zipped across the blue line before whistling a high shot that struck Mrazek in the right shoulder. The puck fluttered high over the goalie before landing in the blue paint behind him, where Bergeron, who out-raced Tomas Tatar to the net, tapped the puck into the open net.

Four minutes later, the Bruins had a two-goal lead when David Krejci scored his team-leading eight goal of the season at 11:10. Loui Eriksson sent Krejci on his way with a beautiful cross-ice pass from the far blue line. From there, Krejci turned defenseman Jakub Kindl inside out before unleashing a low wrist shot that beat Mrazek.

The Wings’ power play finally got a crack at the 30th ranked penalty kill in the league when Dennis Seidenberg was called for tripping the speedy Athanasiou at 14:38. But Detroit only got one shot (Zetterberg) as Boston’s penalty killers cleared the zone three times.

Torey Krug, the Livonia, Mich., native who played for Blashill in the USHL, scored a highlight-reel goal to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The goal was made possible by Brad Marchand, who weaved through two broken sticks as he coasted in alone down the right wing. Without much of an angle to shoot, he dropped a pass back to Krug who was trailing the play and used Mike Green as a screen.


SCORING: 1. BOS. Bergeron (Beleskey, Chara), 7:18; 2. BOS, Krejci (ErikssonTrotman), 11:10; 3. Krug (Marchand, Miller), 17:00.

PENALTIES: DET, Helm (hooking), 2:12; 2. BOS, Seidenberg (tripping), 14:38.

SHOTS: Detroit 8 (13), Boston 12 (24).

The lack of offense is obviously disturbing. Following Saturday’s loss, the Red Wings have just 15 five-on-five goals in the past 15 games. They scored seven even-strength goals in the first two games of the season in wins over Toronto and at Carolina.

Detroit prevented the shutout early in the period. The power play struck pay dirt for the first time in nine opportunities when Abdelkader scored for the first time since signing a new seven-year extension earlier in this week. The power-play goal ended a personal 14-game scoring drought for the Muskegon native.

The Wings’ power play had another chance late in the period, but even when they lifted Mrazek for a 6-on-4 advantage in the final three minutes of regulation, they couldn’t get enough pressure in the Boston zone.

The Wings have lost five straight to Boston and haven’t won a regular-season game at TD Garden since Oct. 14, 2013.


SCORING: 1. DET, Abdelkader, PPG (Kronwall, Green), 6:37;

PENALTIES: 1. BOS, Rinaldo (tripping), 6:09; 2. BOS, McQuaid (boarding), 16:18.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (23), Boston 7 (31).

POSTED ON Friday, 11.13.2015 / 10:02 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

All hail the Magic Man.

Pavel Datsyuk made his regular season debut Friday night, on Friday the 13th of course, against the San Jose Sharks.

Datsyuk was on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, his Euro Twin, and Justin Abdelkader, who signed a seven-year contract extension Thursday.

Fans cheered when Datsyuk took his first shift, about 30 seconds into the game.

Datsyuk's return meant that Dylan Larkin moved to center the second line between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.

The new combination bore immediate fruit as Larkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and found Tatar in the right circle. Tatar buried the puck in the top left corner of the net at 3:13 of the 1st.

Niklas Kronwall got the second assist.

The celebration was short-lived as Sharks forward Melker Karlsson scored on a rebound on the right side of the net at 7:41. Joe Thornton and Matt Tennyson assisted.

At 17:52 of the first, Matt Nieto curled around the Detroit net for a wraparound try that goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped. But no one was there to clear the rebound and Nieto was able to scoop the puck up and lift it over Howard.

Brenden Dillon and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted.

Neither the Wings nor the Sharks capitalized on their power plays in the first period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Larkin, Kronwall), 3:13; 2. SJS: Karlsson (Thornton, Tennyson), 7:41; 3. SJS, Nieto (Dillon, Vlasic), 17:52.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ericsson (tripping), 3:53; 2. SJS, Wingels (holding), 5:20; 3. SJS, Ward (tripping), 8:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, San Jose 7

The Wings were not able to solve Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, making his first career start against Detroit.

Meanwhile, Joe Pavelski, who has always had good success against the Wings, gave his team a 3-1 lead at 10:23 of the second.

Pavelski, standing in front of Howard, tipped the shot of defenseman Paul Martin. Justin Braun also had an assist. It was Pavelski's ninth goal of the season.

In 29 games against the Wings, Pavelski has 11 goals and nine assists.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill tried mixing up the lines a bit in the second in an effort to create some more offense.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk saw time with Darren Helm; Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening played together. Glendening also played with Sheahan and Pulkkinen.

Helm found Datsyuk in the mid-slot but Jones was able to stop the shot.

But Larkin, Nyquist and Tatar stayed together.


SCORING: 1. SJS, Pavelski (Martin, Braun), 10:23.

PENALTIES: 1. SJS, Thornton (roughing), 19:03. 2. DET, Glendening (roughing), 19:03.

SHOTS: Detroit 12 (22), San Jose 4 (11).

The Wings and Sharks started the period 4-on-4.

Just 51 seconds into the third, Larkin brought the puck into the zone, tripped, lost the puck, got it back and sent it to Jakub Kindl, who fanned on the shot.

Seconds later, Howard had to stop Patrick Marleau on a breakaway.

Datsyuk and Tatar both hit goal posts in the first several minutes.

Jones stopped Sheahan from the mid-slot at 8:19 and then Vlasic and Braun got chippy with Pulkkinen. No penalties were called.

Line blending continued as the Wings searched for offense.

Zetterberg took shifts with Larkin and Nyquist while Datsyuk took shifts with Tatar and Helm.

The Wings pulled Howard at 17:04 and were able to capitalize.

Pulkkinen's shot from the left circle went off the leg of Braun and past Jones at 18:08, cutting the lead to 3-2.

But that was all the Wings were able to do.


SCORING: 1. DET, Pulkkinen (Kindl, Tatar), 18:52.


SHOTS: Detroit 6 (28), San Jose 3 (14).

POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 10:33 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Aside from the two tripping minors picked up by defenseman Jakub Kindl, there wasn't much that went on during the first period on Sergei Fedorov Night when the organization recognized the three-time Stanley Cup champion for his recent induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Petr Mrazek made 14 saves, including five on the Capitals' power plays.

Meanwhile, Detroit fired nine shots, including two each by Tomas Tatar, Dylan Larkin and Danny DeKeyser, on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who turned them all aside.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, Kindl (tripping), 8:25; 2. DET, Kindl (tripping), 12:26.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Washington 14.

The Wings managed to stay out of the penalty box a little more in the second period and were able to put a little more pressure on Washington goaltender Braden Holtby.

Although they had more time in the offensive zone, the Wings could not beat Holtby.

Petr Mrazek remained on his toes on the other end.

After making 15 saves in the first, Mrazek had to make six in the second.

At the 8:05 mark, Mrazek prevented an Andre Burakovsky tip-in and then Matt Niskanen's shot on the ensuing face-off.

Mrazek escaped unscathed when Brooks Laich crashed into him at 15:19, courtesy of a Henrik Zetterberg shove. Laich ended up in the net.

After registering six of his team's 15 shots in the first period, Alex Ovechkin had none in the second.




SHOTS: Detroit 9 (18); Washington 7 (21).

After two scoreless periods, the Wings finally got on the board at 4:06 of the third period.

Andreas Athanasiou, playing in his second NHL game, carried the puck all the way to the left side of the goal line and shot a bad-angle shot that beat Holtby for a 1-0 Detroit lead.

The unassisted goal was the first of Athanasiou's career.

At 8:58, Mrazek stopped Ovechkin for the eighth time.

The rebound popped into the air and Mike Green, the former Capital, managed to knock the puck to the ice and then kick it to his stick before clearing it.

The Wings got their first power play of the game when John Carlson was called for hooking Athanasiou at 9:49.

The Wings got one shot, from Jakub Kindl at the point.

Teemu Pulkkinen had a chance but broke his stick and had to retreat to the bench. Danny DeKeyser took his spot for the end of the man advantage.

Mrazek stopped Ovechkin for the ninth time at 12:27, this time from the right circle.

Ovechkin came into the game second in the league in shots behind Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.

Ovechkin finished with 15 shots but remains tied with Sergei Fedorov for most goals by a Russian player at 483.


SCORING: 1. DET, Andreas Athanasiou (1), unassisted, 4:06.

PENALTIES: 1. WAS, John Carlson, minor, hooking, 9:49. 2. DET, Danny DeKeyser, minor, delay of game, 14:52.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (27); Washington 17 (38).

POSTED ON Sunday, 11.8.2015 / 4:37 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal
Andreas Athanasiou

DETROIT – The Red Wings are adding more speed to the lineup Sunday afternoon with the call up of Andreas Athanasiou from the club’s minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.

The speedy Athanasiou, who was the Red Wings fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has produced 18 goals and 37 points in 64 games in the American Hockey League.

Athanasiou had a very impressive preseason, leading the club with four goals and three assists in five exhibition contests. He also finished tied with Dylan Larkin for the team lead in shots on goal with 15.

Through eight games with the Griffins this season, Athanasiou has been held to a goal and an assist with a minus-5 rating.

He is the second prospect to make his NHL debut with the Red Wings this season.

Athanasiou took his first NHL shift centering a line with Jokaim Andersson and Teemu Pulkkinen, and immediately put a body check on Jordie Benn in the Stars’ end.

Athanasiou won his first NHL face-off, beating the Stars’ Vernon Fiddler in the neutral zone at 7:59. The Wings’ rookie certainly added energy in the first, finishing the period with two hits, a blocked shot and winning 2-of-3 draws.

Meanwhile, the Stars built a 2-0 lead on goals by Patrick Sharp and Valeri Nichushkin.

Sharp’s goal came on the power play as Dallas capitalized on the first penalty of the game when Larkin headed to the box for interfering with Cody Eakin at 7:04. Just 18 seconds later the Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead when Sharp popped the puck behind Jimmy Howard, who was making his seventh start of the season.

Nichushkin, the Stars’ first-round draft pick in 2013, scored his first of the season by beating Brendan Smith to a rebound to the right of Howard at 15:19.

The Red Wings trimmed their deficit when Gustav Nyquist scored a power-play goal in the period’s final minute. The goal, Nyquist’s team-leading sixth of the season, came on a redirection from Niklas Kronwall’s hard pass from the blue line. The goal was also Nyquist’s team-best fourth power-play goal.


SCORING: 1. DAL, Sharp PPG (Klingberg, Seguin), 7:22; 2. DAL, Nichushkin (Jo. Benn, Jokipakka), 15:19; 3. DET, Nyquist PPG (Kronwall, Green), 19:33.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (interference), 7:04; 2. DAL, Oduya (hooking), 18:13.

SHOTS: Detroit 8, Dallas 15.

It wasn’t a very good period for the Red Wings, though they still managed to trial by just one goal after 40 minutes.

Detroit had the first power play of the period, but failed to register a shot during the two-minute advantage. Not only didn’t the Wings get a shot on goal, the Stars’ Johnny Oduya managed to snap off a 35-footer, which was knocked aside by Howard.

The second power play chance of the period, the Red Wings managed to keep the puck in the attacking zone for all but the last two second of the man-advantage. But only one shot – that by Niklas Kronwall from the blue line – got through to Kari Lehtonen, who calming deflected the shot with his blocker into the stands.

Athanasiou had a few good chances to pull the Red Wings even late in the period. But with less than four minutes to go in the second he fired one shot high and wide, and the other was stopped by Lehtonen.

This is the second consecutive game that the Red Wings have been held to just three shots in the middle frame. Detroit had three second-period shots in their 2-1 overtime win at Toronto on Saturday.



PENALTIES: 1. DAL, Faksa (tripping), 2:57; 2. DAL, Seguin (too many men), 10:53;.

SHOTS: Detroit 3 (11), Dallas 3 (18).

The Red Wings had another power play chance early in the period, this time when Tyler Seguin was caught high-sticking Luke Glendening along the boards.

However, they got just one shot through on Lehtonen when Pulkkinen cut in on the right struggled more in the third.

Howard had to exit the game after he was accidently kneed in the side of the head by Jason Spezza. The injury occurred as the Stars’ center crashed the net on a 2-on-1 rush. Howard remained face-first on the ice for a bit as the play was allowed to continue before trainer Piet Van Zant attended to the Wings’ goalie.

So with 12:51 left in regulation, Howard, who made 20 saves, was lifted for backup Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings were irate late in this one after it looked like Alec Hemsky left his skates to barrel into Jonathan Ericsson behind the Red Wings’ net. The hit sent Ericsson face first into the board, resulting a sizable cut next to the defenseman’s right eye.

The 6-foot Hemsky wasn’t penalized for the hit. But Ericsson, who is listed at 6-foot-4, retaliated with a punch to the head, received a roughing penalty.

With 2:08 left, the Wings pulled Mrazek for an extra attacker. The tactic didn’t work as the Stars got a pair of empty-net goals from Seguin and Cody Eakin.


SCORING: 1. DAL, Seguin EN (Sharp), 18:52; 2. DAL, Eakin EN (Ja. Benn), 19:41.

PENALTIES: 1. DAL, Seguin (high-sticking), 3:40; 2. DET, Green (hooking), 8:09; 3. DET, Ericsson (roughing), 12:05

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (22), Dallas 8 (26).

POSTED ON Friday, 11.6.2015 / 9:58 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal

TORONTO – The Red Wings are looking for their second win of the season over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Detroit posted a 4-0 win over the Leafs, and former coach Mike Babcock, on opening night at Joe Louis Arena.

Scoring first has been paramount for the Red Wings who are 5-1-1 when they score first. Meanwhile, drawing first blood has escaped the Leafs, who have scored first just twice in 12 games.

The Atlantic Division rivals will meet two more times this season – March 13 in Detroit and April 2 at Air Canada Centre.

It was a sluggish start for the Red Wings, who spend most of the first 10 minutes trying to dig the puck out of their own end.

Fortunately, the Leafs didn’t apply an exuberant amount of pressure on Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, who was making his seventh start of the season.

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead when Henrik Zetterberg scored his first goal in three games on a fluky play. The Wings’ captain fired a shot just inside the blue line that Toronto goalie James Reimer misplayed. As Reimer came out to cut the angle, the shot appeared to go off his blocker and rolled into the open net.

The goal was No. 300 of Zetterberg’s 13-season career. He is now the fifth player in franchise history to register 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points. The others are Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov.

Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) is two goals short of joining the Red Wings’ elite group.

Rookie Landon Ferraro was injured early in the period. Shortly after he collided with Leafs defenseman Scott Harrington in the attacking zone, Ferraro left the game with a lower-body injury. He will not return tonight.


SCORING: 1. DET, Zetterberg (Larkin, Abdelkader), 16:41.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Smith (hooking), 18:29.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Toronto 12.

The middle frame was more of what occurred in the first 20 minutes as the Wings spent much of the period in their own end.

Face-offs were a problem for Detroit, limiting puck possession and holding the Wings to three shots on goal in the period by Jakub Kindl, Joakim Andersson and Dylan Larkin.

Larkin provided a little spark with his undeniable speed midway through the period, but nothing that gave the Wings a real scoring chance.

Appearing in his 13th game this season, Larkin is the first 19-year-old to play in more than a dozen games with the Red Wings since Jiri Fischer did it in 1999-2000. Jiri Hudler is the last Red Wing to appear in 12 games as a 19-year-old rookie. He did so in 2003-04.

Once again, Mrazek was stellar, coming up with a couple big saves late in the period, stopping Brad Boyes’ one-timer from the right face-off dot, followed by Nick Spaling in close.



PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ericsson (high-sticking), 0:16; 2. DET, Nyquist (holding), 15:33.

SHOTS: Detroit 3 (12), Toronto 8 (20).

The Red Wings’ play power got its first opportunity early in the first, six-seconds into the frame to be exact.
But it was the Maple Leafs that had the first good scoring chance when former Wings’ draft pick Shawm Mattias moved and alone but whistled a shot wide of the net.

Moments later, Mrazek thwarted Joffrey Lupul, who didn’t get a good shot off from in close.

The Red Wings committed their fourth penalty of the night, the third drawn by Nazem Kadri, when Alexey Marchenko went to the box for tripping at 15:53. Fortunately for the Wings, the Leafs’ power play lacked any sustained pressure, and didn’t get a shot through to Mrazek.

However, the Leafs took advantage of an unlucky situation for the Wings when Marchenko couldn’t clear the zone after his stick broke while battling Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau along the boards near the blue line.

The Leafs managed to get the puck deep where Dion Phaneuf scored from a scramble, flipping the puck off the butt end of Mrazek’s stick handle.


SCORING: 1. TOR, Phaneuf (Bozak, Parenteau), 18:58.

PENALTIES: 1. TOR, Spaling (high-sticking), 0:06; 2. TOR, Bozak (high-sticking), 5:04; 3. TOR, Winnick (high-sticking), 13:02; 4. DET, Marchenko (tripping), 15:53.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (21), Toronto 13 (33)

Gustav Nyquist had a shot to end the overtime, but Reimer, who appeared down and out of the play, managed to get back to his feet to stop Nyquist’s wrap-around chance.

Moments later, Jakub Kindl, who led the Red Wings with four shots on goal, scored the game winner as he joined the rush and snapped a shot into the top of the net behind Reimer.


: 1. DET, Kindl (Pulkkinen, Tatar), 2:17


SHOTS: Detroit 3 (24), Toronto 0 (33)


POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.3.2015 / 10:11 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – A couple of milestones await Red Wings Drew Miller and Henrik Zetterberg.

Playing in his 500th career NHL game tonight, Miller is one point shy from 100 with the Red Wings since joining the team as a waiver pick up in 2009. Miller, who also played with Anaheim and Tampa Bay, has 56 goals and 114 points in 499 games.

Zetterberg is on the doorstep of becoming the eighth player in franchise history to reach the 300-career plateau. With his next goal, Zetterberg will gain entry into a very elite group of company, joining nine other active NHL stars who has produced 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points in his career.

The others are Jaromir Jagr, Jerome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Patrick Marleau, Vincent Lecavalier, Shane Doan, Joe Thornton, Daniel Sedin and Sidney Crosby.

The first period produce limited scoring opportunities for either of the Atlantic Division rivals.

Each team had power-play time; the Red Wings had two chances, mustering four shots on the man advantage.

Detroit’s first power play kept the pressure on the in the offensive zone for nearly the entire two minutes when the Lightning picked up a bench minor for too many men at 8:26. Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar and Jakub Kindl each had shots stopped by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop during the power play.

Kindl may have had the best chance. Late in the power play, Teemu Pulkkinen made a pretty pass from below the goal line out to the Red Wings’ defenseman, who snapped a low shot, which made it through traffic. Chances are Bishop never saw the puck strike his left pad.

The Red Wings’ penalty kill got a boost from Luke Glendening after Justin Abdelkader went to the penalty box for tripping Steven Stamkos.

Playing without the use of his hockey stick, which he snapped earlier in the shift, Glendening blocked back-to-back shots by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison as Abdelkader’s minor penalty expired late in the period.



PENALTIES: 1. TBL, McGinn (too many men), 8:26; 2. DET, Abdelkader (tripping), 10:55; 3. TBL, Filppula (interference), 13:54.

SHOTS: Detroit 9. Tampa Bay 8.

In the first month of the season, plenty has been made of the Red Wings’ poor zone breakouts and the lack of involvement by their defensemen in the offense.

Well, the Wings first goal of the night was an example of how things should be when those two elements of their team work in unison.

Kindl got the play started from behind the Wings’ net. The defenseman, who spotted an opening in the neutral zone, fired a stretch pass to Tatar, who quickly deflected the puck to Riley Sheahan as he split the defense and cut across the blue line. From there, Sheahan coasted in the zone unopposed before rocketing a shot off of Bishop’s left catching glove.

The period didn’t start out promising for the Red Wings when Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov rushed into the Wings’ zone on a 2 on 1 at 36 seconds. Fortunately for the Wings, Kucherov’s shot sailed over the net.

Midway through the period, Tampa Bay Steven Stamkos went after Larkin, first chasing the rookie through the neutral zone before throwing a left elbow at his head. Larkin took exception, grabbing the 25-year-old around the head.

Both players earned two-minute roughing minors at 6:51.

The Lightning’s Tyler Johnson line raised some havoc with under eight minutes to play. Johnson had a few scoring chances, but Jimmy Howard made two big saves, and Landon Ferraro also blocked a shot during the barrage.

The Lightning got a late break when with Brendan Smith in the box for tripping, Joakim Andersson picked up a delay of game penalty when his clearing attempt went over the glass. At first glance, it looked like Stamkos, who was lifting Andersson’s stick at the time, helped propel the puck into the stands. But after the four on-ice officials met at center ice the original call was overturned, giving the Lightning a 5-on-3 advantage for 73 seconds.

From there, Nikita Kucherov knocked in a rebound that evened the score at 1-1 at 15:58 of the period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Sheahan (Tatar, Kindl), 2:02; 2. TBL, Kucherov PPG (Johnson, Stamkos), 15:58.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Larkin (roughing), 6:51; 2. TBL, Stamkos (roughing), 6:51; 3. DET, Smith (tripping), 14:50; 4. DET, Andersson (delay of game), 15:37; 5. TBL, Namestnikov (holding),17:20.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Tampa Bay 9 (17).

Skate! Skate! Skate!

It’s words that Larkin lives by. The rookie has them written on his stick as a reminder to hustle during every shift.

That message came through when he scored his fourth goal of the season to put the Red Wings up 2-1 at 5:54 of the third period.

Larkin’s goal was made possible by another great zone breakout. The play started after Howard, who recovered from a bouncing puck that he had trouble with, made a stop on Ondrej Palat’s rebound. From there, Danny DeKeyser made a pass up to Abdelkader who slipped a pass to Larkin as the two crossed the blue line. Larkin managed to fight off a defender and fired a rising shot from the left face-off circle that got under Bishop’s right arm.

For DeKeyser, the assist was his third point in two games, and as for Abdelkader, it was his first since the second game of the season.


SCORING: 1. DET, Larkin (Abdelkader, DeKeyser), 5:54.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ferraro (interference), 7:11.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (29), Tampa Bay 13 (30).



POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.3.2015 / 2:10 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal

Dylan Larkin wrote a reminder on his stick last Saturday in Ottawa. It's a motivational tool that he learned years ago from his dad. (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit)

DETROITDylan Larkin is definitely turning some heads in the last month.

The Red Wings’ rookie is proving that he belongs in the NHL, having already produced three goals and eight points in 11 games, good enough for fifth among the league's rookie scorers.

The skill that this 19-year-old possesses has been clear from the start. He’s an exceptionally strong skater and sees the ice far better than the average playmaker, all while maintaining an intensity and work ethic that is second to none.

However, it seems skill goes only so far with Larkin, who draws motivation from contemplating certain words and phrases throughout the morning and afternoon of game days.

He's no Jack Handey, though during last Saturday’s win at Ottawa, Fox Sports Detroit cameras got a glimpse at the words ‘skate skate skate’ written in black marker on the white tape atop Larkin’s Bauer Nexus.

“Last year I wrote it on my stick but I always say it to myself too,” Larkin said. “It started probably when I was young. My dad used to say it to me.

“I remind myself throughout the day. It’s just to get into the right mindset.”

Little reminders go a long way for Larkin, who said he found inspiration in quotes and sayings painted on dressing room walls at the University of Michigan as well as the U.S. National Development Team Program.

In Ann Arbor, where Larkin finished his lone collegiate season last spring, phrases attributed to legendary football coach Bo Schembechler, among others, are commonplace throughout historic Yost Arena and other athletic facilities on campus.

“Yost was more tradition and pride,” Larkin said. “ ’The team, the team, the team’ was a big one. All the history was there. The NDTP was big into it too. Every day you’d go down the stairs and it said ‘Take responsibility for your own development’ and you’d tap it. It was a good reminder.”

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.31.2015 / 10:00 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

OTTAWA, Ont. -- On this Halloween night in Ottawa, the Red Wings were hoping to scare up some more offense.

The team came in having scored just 12 goals in their last seven games.

During the optional skate in the morning, coach Jeff Blashill said he had not decided on lineup changes.

At game time, Tomas Jurco was out and Landon Ferraro was in.

In addition, Blashill changed defense pairs, putting Danny DeKeyser with Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall with Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko with Jakub Kindl.

Dylan Larkin
started quickly with a shot on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson just 45 seconds into the game.

The Wings took the first penalty of the night when Kronwall was called for interference on Bobby Ryan at 5:03.

The Senators did not score, but did get three shots with the man-advantage.

The next penalty taken was by Senators defenseman Cody Ceci, who was called for slashing at 11:10.

This time, the Wings were able to capitalize when Tomas Tatar picked the top left corner of the net from the left circle.

Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg assisted on the goal.

It was a milestone assist for Zetterberg, who became the seventh player in Wings history to reach 500 career assists.

The other six are Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.

Zetterberg is now one goal shy of 300 and one point shy of 800.

Zetterberg also tied Red Kelly for 14th in franchise history by playing in his 847th game.

The Wings had to kill off another penalty when Smith was called for high-sticking at 14:10.

The Senators had four shots on their power play.

Petr Mrazek, playing in his first game in Ottawa since he was a member of the OHL's Ottawa 67's, had several excellent saves, none better than when he stopped Chris Neil's deflection from the slot at 17:24.


SCORING: 1. DET, PPG, Tomas Tatar (3), Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Niklas Kronwall, minor, interference, 5:03. 2. OTT, Cody Ceci, minor, slashing, 11:10. 3. DET, Brendan Smith, minor, high-sticking, 14:10.

SHOTS: Detroit: 9; Ottawa: 13.

Jonathan Ericsson celebrates his second-period goal with defensive partner Danny DeKeyser. The goal gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead. (Photo by Getty Images)

Once again, the Red Wings found themselves shorthanded quickly in the period.

Gustav Nyquist was called for high-sticking at 2:22, but his teammates were able to kill it off, allowing only one shot.

Chris Neil returned the favor by taking a goaltender interference penalty at 4:53.

After scoring on their first shot of their first power play, the Wings needed to shots to take a 2-0 lead.

Zetterberg found Nyquist in the slot and Nyquist got his fifth goal of the season.

Tatar also had an assist.

The assist gave Zetterberg 800 points for his career.

Perhaps Nyquist drew inspiration from his namesake horse, Nyquist, which won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile race earlier in the day.

Nyquist the horse is owned by Paul Reddam, a Windsor, Ontario, native.

The Wings were unable to score on a third consecutive power play when Mark Stone was called for a check to the head of Landon Ferraro.

Ferraro had to leave to go to the dressing room.

Then the Senators managed to cut the lead to 2-1 when Kyle Turris scored a rebound goal into the left side of the net off of Erik Karlsson's shot. Stone got the second assist.

On a night of milestones, it was Turris' 100th career goal.

Smith had a chance on a breakaway with just over two minutes left in the second but could not get off a clean shot.

However, Jonathan Ericsson's shot from just inside the blue line in the high slot eluded Anderson at 18:05, restoring the Wings' two-goal lead.

DeKeyser and Darren Helm assisted, marking the first points of the season for all three players.


SCORING: 1. DET, PPG, Gustav Nyquist (5), Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, 5:29. 2. OTT, Kyle Turris (7), Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, 13:36. 3. DET, Jonathan Ericsson (1), Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm, 18:05.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Gustav Nyquist, minor, high-sticking, 2:22. 2. OTT, Chris Neil, minor, goaltender interference, 4:53. 3. OTT, Mike Stone, minor, check to the head, 11:08.

SHOTS: Detroit: 12 (21); Ottawa: 7 (20).

Larkin decided to finish what he tried to start in the first period, scoring early.

Larkin got his third goal of the season on a wraparound chance that fooled Anderson, giving the Wings a 4-1 lead.

Kronwall and Luke Glendening got the assists on the goal.

Glendening joined the group of players who got their first point of the season.

But the offensive outburst by the Wings was not over.

DeKeyser got his first goal of the season on an odd-man rush as the trailer at 5:35.

Nyquist and Riley Sheahan assisted on the goal.

It was DeKeyser's first goal since Dec. 23, 2014, against the Buffalo Sabres.

The five goals scored are a season high for the Wings.

The Wings' defense corps contributed two goals (Ericsson, DeKeyser) and three assists (Kronwall 2, DeKeyser 1).

The Senators fell to 1-3-2 at home while the Wings improved to 3-2-1 on the road.


SCORING: 1. DET, Dylan Larkin (3), Niklas Kronwall, Luke Glendening, :39. 2. DET, Danny DeKeyser (1), Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, 5:35. 3. OTT, Mark Stone (3), unassisted, 15:51. 4. OTT, Bobby Ryan (4), Shane Prince, Mika Zibanejad, 18.51.

1. DET, Jonathan Ericsson, minor, roughing, 9:54. 2. OTT, Alex Chiasson, minor, cross-checking, 9:54. 3. DET, Jonathan Ericsson, major, fighting, 16:35. 4. OTT, Chris Neil, major, fighting, 16:35. 5. Jonathan Ericsson, game misconduct, 16:35. 6. Chris Neil, game misconduct, 16:35.

SHOTS: Detroit: 7 (28); Ottawa 16 (36).

POSTED ON Friday, 10.30.2015 / 10:46 PM ET
By Bill Roose - / The Wheel Deal

DETROIT – The search for more offense is underway.

The Red Wings, who are 1-4-1 in the past six games while averaging 1.83 goals in that stretch, are anxious for offense from forward lines other than the top trio led by captain Henrik Zetterberg.

Coach Jeff Blashill juggled the lines before tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Darren Helm returned to centering the third line, Luke Glendening moved back to center the fourth line and Dylan Larkin rejoined Zetterberg’s line as a winger.

First-period goals haven’t come easy for the Red Wings in the first month of the season.

Friday night was no different.

Detroit has registered four first-period goals in 10 games, scoring twice in the opener against Toronto and last Friday at Calgary.

The Wings haven’t scored in eight of 10 first periods.

Jimmy Howard kept the game scoreless by making a number of key saves. His first big stop came when he gloved Mika Zibanejad’s shot after the Senators’ center and Bobby Ryan cruised into the Red Wings zone on a 2 on 1 rush. Jonathan Ericsson, who was the one Wing back, marked Ryan, which left Zibanejad with only one option that he fired into Howard’s glove.

Senators goalie Andrew Hammond stopped all 10 shots he faced.

Detroit definitely had a few opportunities, set up by Larkin. During his fourth shift of the period, he created two great chances, the first came when he wheeled around the Senators’ net and swept a pass out front that handcuffed Zetterberg.

Moments later, Larkin picked up steam as he rushed through the neutral zone, crossed the blue line and made a pretty drop pass to Jakub Kindl. Unfortunately, the defenseman’s shot was blocked by Erik Karlsson.

The Senators struck first when Kyle Turris muscled his way in front of Howard. Taking a drop pass from Mark Stone, the Sens center fought through Glendening and Danny DeKeyser to get the puck under Howard’s pads.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Turris (Stone), 18:46.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (holding the stick), 14:45; 2. OTT, Ceci (holding), 19:14.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, Ottawa 12.

The Red Wings’ power play had more than a few chances in the middle frame. They even a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities. They missed on the first, but finally buried a goal on their second two-man advantage to cut their deficit in half late in the period.

The Wings’ had a great chance to even the score at 1-1 when Larkin was in the right place at the right time on the team’s first power play of the period, but he missed a wide-open net. Hammond directed a rebound off of Teemu Pulkkinen’s absolute missile of a shot that went directly to Larkin, but the rookie misfired, sending a shot through the blue paint between Hammond and the cage.

Moments after Larkin’s chance, the Red Wings had their first 5 on 3 – this one for 25 seconds – when Zack Smith hooked Larkin to the ice. Detroit had one quality shot when Zetterberg fluttered a shot from the top of the left face-off circle, but Hammond had enough time to flash his catching glove and snag the puck out of the air.

The Senators built a two-goal lead when Matt Puempel scored his first of the season.

Ottawa nearly had a three-goal cushion but Karlsson’s point shot hit the post to the left of Howard with about 8 minutes to go in the period.

Detroit finally snapped an 0-for-8 power-play drought at the 19-minute mark. While working a 5 on 3, Pulkkinen fired a shot that was blocked. The puck ricocheted to Zetterberg who beat Hammond who made a valiant diving effort but couldn’t get to the puck in time.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Puempel (Ryan, Karlsson), 10:10; 2. DET, Zetterberg (Pulkkinen, Nyquist), 17:00.

PENALTIES: 1, OTT, Neil (tripping), 3:13; 2. OTT, Smith (hooking), 4:48; 3. DET, Jurco (holding), 6:53; 4. OTT, Ceci (hooking), 15:44; 5. Smith (slashing), 16:37; 6. DET, Smith (tripping), 18:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 11 (21), Ottawa 8 (20).


In an effort to create some energy, Blashill shuffled the lines, replacing Riley Sheahan as the second-line center with Darren Helm.

The move, however, didn’t pay dividends for Detroit.

The Wings were out-shot in the period, 15-9, but again, it was young Larkin, who showed why he belongs in the NHL. The rookie sensation set up his linemates early in the period, but Hammond snuffed out the scoring chance started by Larkin on tic-tac-toe passes to Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, who put the puck into the goalie’s pads.

Blashill pulled Howard with 2 ½ minutes to go in regulation and called a timeout with 1:39 remaining. But Ryan chipped in his second empty-net goal of the season, giving the Senators a 3-1 lead with 55 seconds left.

Detroit registered a season-high 30 shots. It’s the first loss in regulation for the Red Wings when they’ve scored a power-play goal. They are 0-4-1 when they have generated in on the man advantage.

The Red Wings and Senators will conclude their home-and-home, two-game series Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.


SCORING: 1. OTT, Ryan EN (Michalek, Turris), 19:05.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Kindl (hooking), 8:59.

SHOTS: Detroit 9 (30), Ottawa 15 (35).





POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.27.2015 / 11:02 PM ET
By Dana Wakiji - Editor | / The Wheel Deal

Darren Helm (above) had two of the Red Wings' nine shots on goal during the first period against the Hurricanes. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT - The Red Wings (4-3-1) came into their third meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes (2-6-0) preaching puck possession and cutting down on turnovers.

Both of those things were problems in the two previous games against the Hurricanes as the Wings were badly out-shot.

After a bit of a slow start, the Wings' energy picked up a bit in the final part of the first period.

The Hurricanes were out-shooting the Wings 6-3 with 5:02 left in the period but the Wings rebounded to take the lead in shots by the end.

Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm led the Wings with two shots each.

The Wings managed to win just 31 percent of their face-offs in the first.

Carolina's Elias Lindholm and Jay McClement combined to win all five of their face-offs.



PENALTIES: 1. CAR, Gerbe (double minor, roughing,) 3:59; 2. DET, Tatar (minor, roughing,) 3:59.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Carolina 8.

Although the Red Wings had more offensive zone time in the second period, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who got on the board first.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek came out of his net to clear the puck but the puck bounced off of Carolina's Victor Rask, who then had a breakaway into an open net at 12:26 for the game's first goal.

The unassisted tally was Rask's third goal of the season.

The Wings finally caught a break at 17:44 of the second when Jakub Kindl's shot from the right point deflected off Jay McClement's foot past goaltender Cam Ward.

Kindl's goal was his first since March 24, 2015, against Arizona.

Before that, the only highlight of the period for the Wings was a defensive play by Alexey Marchenko, who prevented Riley Nash from getting a shot off on an odd-man rush with a sliding block midway through.

Justin Abdelkader was called for boarding with 13.5 seconds remaining in the second.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Rask (unassisted), 12:26; 2. DET, Kindl (Jurco), 17:44.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (boarding), 19:46.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Carolina 9 (17).

The Hurricanes were not able to capitalize on the remainder of their power play, particularly since Eric Staal was called for tripping Jonathan Ericsson with 55 seconds left in it.

But the Wings did not score with their brief man-advantage either.

Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey scored his first goal of the season from the left point, beating Mrazek stick-side at 4:35 of the third.

It was Hainsey's first goal since March 15, 2015, at Columbus.

The Wings had a chance to tie the game on Drew Miller's shorthanded chance at 17:17 but Ward was able to stop it.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Hainsey (unassisted), 4:35.

PENALTIES: 1. CAR, E. Staal (tripping), 0:51; 2. DET, Sheahan (high-sticking), 8:58; 3. Kindl (interference), 16:36.

SHOTS: Detroit 7 (26), Carolina 4 (21).





1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80