Red Wings place Fabbri, Rasmussen in COVID protocol; game on in Carolina
On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings placed forwards Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen in COVID protocol. The Carolina Hurricanes had six players placed in protocol on Tuesday and their game against the Minnesota Wild postponed. But since there were no further positive tests today on Carolina, Thursday’s game between the Red Wings and Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit) is on, Carolina announced. The Red Wings have had three players previously in COVID protocol this season – Danny DeKeyser, Tyler Bertuzzi and Marc Staal, who came out of protocol on Tuesday and could be ready to play Thursday. Hopefully we don’t get it.”More: Red Wings need more games like this to move up standingsmlive.com
As Red Wings surge, depth being tested due to COVID
On Monday, defenseman Marc Staal became the third Red Wing to be placed in COVID protocol over the past two weeks. “I didn’t really get to do anything for that, although I did get a little bit of turkey and mashed potatoes,” he said. The Red Wings entered the season eight-deep on defense and that depth is being tested. Certainly, with COVID it gets tested even further.”The Red Wings have been passing the test on the ice lately with their longest winning streak since a six-game run from March 23-April 2, 2019. When you do that, you’re in the mix to win games.mlive.com
Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi placed in COVID protocol
DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, the only player in the NHL not vaccinated for COVID-19, was placed in COVID protocol before Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Kraken, the club announced. Because of his unvaccinated status, Bertuzzi has been required to be tested daily, while vaccinated players and team personnel are tested every three days. Bertuzzi will be tested Thursday to verify the results. Dylan Larkin tested positive earlier this season prior to a game in Dallas and was required to sit out the third period when the results came back. Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been in COVID protocol for a week and has missed three games.mlive.com
Red Wings remain on alert as COVID concerns grow around league
On Tuesday, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy went into COVID protocol and will miss tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit). The Red Wings and the rest of the league continue to be on alert. “It’s something we had hoped we wouldn’t have to be in these spots as a league,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. If that happens, we’ll have to deal with it at that moment.”Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been in COVID protocol since Wednesday and will miss his third consecutive game tonight. More: Red Wings outline ways to end road woesmlive.com
Jeff Blashill: Red Wings treated game like ‘an exhibition’
The Detroit Red Wings have shown signs of progress through 10 games, but it wasn’t apparent on Tuesday. “They were better than us from the drop of the puck, obviously, the first shift all the way to the last shift,” Blashill said. We weren’t even close.”The Red Wings were missing two of their best players in Dylan Larkin (personal reasons) and Tyler Bertuzzi and fell to 4-4-2. Despite missing players who have combined for nine goals and 17 points, the Red Wings should have generated more scoring chances. The Red Wings made it easy for him.mlive.com
Red Wings eager to return to energy of big crowds at LCA
Last year’s season-opener was memorable for the wrong season, as the Detroit Red Wings played in a virtually empty Little Caesars Arena due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Red Wings will take the ice tonight in the season-opener against Tampa Bay with much more fanfare – and thousands of more fans at LCA (7:30, Bally Sports Detroit). Dylan Larkin, starting his second season as captain, is eager to experience a “normal” season-opener once again. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is 12-0-0 lifetime vs. the Red Wings, with a 1.77 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. It’ll be fun to get after them in the first game.”More:Moritz Seider, Lucas Raymond usher in new era for Red WingsDylan Larkin seeks ‘bounce-back’ yearFive ways Red Wings can improve in 2021-22mlive.com
Red Wings tab Danny DeKeyser, Marc Staal as alternate captains
The Detroit Red Wings named defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Marc Staal as alternate captains this season. DeKeyser, 31, is entering his 10th season as the longest-tenured Red Wings. An undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan, the metro Detroit native has appeared in 488 NHL games, all with the Red Wings. He and Filip Hronek were the only Red Wings to appear in all 56 games last season. Staal, liked being in Detroit so much that he signed a one-year, $2 million contract as a free agent in the offseason.mlive.com
Red Wings sign defenseman Jordan Oesterle to two-year deal
The Detroit Red Wings have rounded out their defense by signing Jordan Oesterle to a two-year contract valued at $1.35 million per season. He has appeared in 252 NHL games over seven seasons, tallying 15 goals and 65 points. The Red Wings now have eight defensemen projected to be on their 2021-22 season-opening roster – left-shooters Nick Leddy, Marc Staal, DeKeyser and Oesterle and right-shooters Filip Hronek, Troy Stecher, Gustav Lindstrom and Moritz Seider. Depth defenseman Murphy signedThe Red Wings signed defenseman Ryan Murphy to a one-year, two-way contract. He has appeared in 175 NHL games over parts of seven seasons (eight goals, 35 assists).mlive.com
Danny DeKeyser is Red Wings’ Masterton nominee after return from back surgery
Danny DeKeyser went nearly 15 months between games, struggled a bit at the start of the season and was scratched for a nine-game stretch. As a result, DeKeyser is the Detroit Red Wings’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of “perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication” to hockey. DeKeyser was limited to eight games in 2019-20 before undergoing surgery in December 2019. But a tough start prompted coach Jeff Blashill to scratch DeKeyser from the lineup for nine games from Feb. 3-19. The Red Wings have had two Masterton winners -- Brad Park in 1984 and Steve Yzerman in 2003.mlive.com
Red Wings drop season finale in overtime but avoid last place
Maxi Domi scored with 21 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 at Nationwide Arena in the season finale for both teams. The teams finished tied with 48 points but the Red Wings (19-27-10), based on more regulation wins (16-12) wind up seventh and the Blue Jackets (18-26-12) in last place. Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist while Danny DeKeyser, Sam Gagner and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings. The Red Wings twice tied it in the third period. The Red Wings regained the lead on DeKeyser’s second goal in as many games, his fourth of the season, at 11:55 of the second.mlive.com
Red Wings fall to Nashville in first shootout of season
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings did fine for most of regulation time on Tuesday, but their struggles after 60 minutes continue. Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi scored in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory at Little Caesars Arena in the Red Wings’ first shootout of the season. Detroit weathered overtime, where it is 1-5 this season, before Dylan Larkin and Filip Zadina were denied by Juuse Saros in the shootout. Danny DeKeyser and Adam Erne scored for the Red Wings (13-22-6) in regulation. The Red Wings were caught on a bad change as a few players headed off while the puck was in the neutral zone.mlive.com
Calvin Pickard, Blue Jackets beat Red Wings 3-1
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Calvin Pickard deflects the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT – Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri scored 29 seconds apart in the first period and Calvin Pickard made 21 saves in his first start of the season, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday. Pickard earned his first NHL win in more than two years. “I think these guys care and I think they were embarrassed in the Nashville game,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. Early on, that wasn’t it.”WINNING WAYIt was Pickard’s first NHL win since Nov. 23, 2018.
Calvin Pickard steps in to help Red Wings beat Blue Jackets, 3-1
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Calvin Pickard deflects the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Detroit. Pickard earned his first NHL win in more than two years. “I think these guys care and I think they were embarrassed in the Nashville game,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. Early on, that wasn’t it.”WINNING WAYIt was Pickard’s first NHL win since Nov. 23, 2018. That night, Pickard made 31 saves to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 win against the New York Rangers.
Sam Gagner’s hat trick leads Red Wings past Predators 5-2
Detroit Red Wings center Sam Gagner (89) and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT – Sam Gagner scored three goals, ending a 17-game drought that lasted nearly a year, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Thursday night. “At the end of the night, we’ve got to be a team that competes extraordinarily hard every night,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. ON THE MOVEThe Red Wings recalled forward Mathias Bromé and defenseman Danny DeKeyser from the taxi squad and assigned forward Frans Nielsen to the taxi squad. Red Wings: Travel to Chicago for back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday.
Rinne makes 24 saves as Predators beat Red Wings 2-0
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)DETROIT – Pekka Rinne made 24 saves in his first shutout of the season, leading the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. But the Red Wings challenged for goaltender interference because Mikael Granlund’s skate had hit Bernier’s left pad, and the goal was nullified. AdThe Red Wings came up empty on their only power play in the second. “I thought our battle level was about 80%,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. The Red Wings recalled forward Mathias Bromé and defenseman Danny DeKeyser from the taxi squad and reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to the taxi squad.
Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser trying to regain strength, foothold in lineup
Danny DeKeyser was a healthy scratch for the first time in his nine seasons as a Detroit Red Wing, and that was difficult to accept. That was apparent in his early season performance, and it is why coach Jeff Blashill sat DeKeyser for nine games. When Danny is healthy, he’s one of our best defensemen, but he’s not 100 percent right now.”DeKeyser was told it can take up to two years to heal the nerve damage in his back and regain full strength. Blashill said as training camp approached, the team realized DeKeyser was not going to be at full strength. “I’m just trying to get my legs back under me, get them moving a bit,” DeKeyser said.mlive.com
Red Wings respond after terrible effort, edge Panthers 2-1
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings needed to respond Saturday, less than 24 hours after a dreadful performance. Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves and Mathias Brome snapped a tie with his first NHL goal to lead the Red Wings past the Florida Panthers 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings withstood a lot of pressure in the final minutes. The Red Wings scored two unanswered goals in a strong second period that saw that take the momentum and a 2-1 lead. The Red Wings are 0 for 15 vs. the Panthers.mlive.com
Red Wings vs. Blackhawks: 5 things to know
Here’s what to know ahead of Monday night’s game:Red Wings finish trip with rare winThe Red Wings (4-10-2) wrapped up their road trip Saturday night with a 4-2 win in Nashville. He made 23 saves against the Predators to help the Red Wings get their fourth win of the season. The Blackhawks find themselves in 5th place in the Central Division as they head for two games against the last-place Red Wings. AdBertuzzi remains outThe Red Wings remain without Tyler Bertuzzi, one of their top offensive threats. The 30-year-old had been a healthy scratch for a couple of weeks, last appearing in the Red Wings lineup on Jan. 31.
Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser clears waivers as recovery process continues
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser cleared waivers Monday, and now he will continue to practice with the team while attempting to return to full strength and work his way back into the lineup. It allows the Red Wings to move DeKeyser back and forth from the main roster to the taxi squad as needed. DeKeyser will be scratched for the seventh game in a row tonight when the Red Wings (4-10-2) begin a six-game homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks (7-5-4) at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit). Right now, he’s playing at way less than 100 percent, practicing at way less than 100 percent. Lineup vs. BlackhawksHere are the lines and defense pairs the Red Wings skated with Monday morning:Filip Zadina-Dylan Larkin-Mathias BromeBobby Ryan-Robby Fabbri-Anthony ManthaValtteri Filppula-Vladislav Namestnikov-Sam GagnerFrans Nielsen-Luke Glendening-Adam ErneGivani Smith (extra)Jon Merrill-Filip HronekMarc Staal-Troy StecherPatrik Nemeth-Christian DjoosDanny DeKeyser, Alex Biega (extras)Thomas Greiss (expected starter)Jonathan BernierMore: Luke Glendening continues to show why Red Wings should re-sign himmlive.com
Red Wings waive veteran defenseman Danny DeKeyser
The Detroit Red Wings, in a surprise move, waived defenseman Danny DeKeyser on Sunday. At that point, the Red Wings can assign him to the taxi squad, or even the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins if they need he needs to play games there. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has maintained that DeKeyser is cleared to play and that scratching him is a coach’s decision because he is not at full strength. Prior to this season, DeKeyser hadn’t played since Oct. 22, 2019. More: Luke Glendening showing why Red Wings should re-sign himmlive.com
Red Wings might as well go with younger players
Defensive breakdowns put the Red Wings behind 3-0 less than five minutes into the game. The Red Wings (2-7-2) have lost seven in a row (0-5-2) and face the Lightning again on Friday. The Red Wings haven’t gotten it done with veterans like Frans Nielsen, Valtteri Filppula and Darren Helm in the lineup. As hopes for better results quickly fade during this abbreviated 56-game season, the Red Wings should provide more opportunities for younger players. I didn’t give him a timeline.”More: Red Wings look for Rasmussen, Cholowski to further develop in AHLmlive.com
Dallas Stars beat Red Wings 7-3 to improve to 4-0 on season
DALLAS, TEXAS - JANUARY 28: Andrew Cogliano #11 of the Dallas Stars scores a goal against Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Detroit Red Wings in the second period at American Airlines Center on January 28, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. AdValtteri Filppula knocked in a rebound for his first goal for the Red Wings (2-5-1). “Made it 4-3 there, and it got away from us,” Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. The puck crossed the line just before the Red Wings did. WHAT’S NEXTBoth teams play back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday, the Red Wings at home against Florida, and the Stars on the road for the first time this season at Carolina.
Suter scores first 3 NHL goals as Blackhawks beat Red Wings
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Pius Suter exhaled after he scored his first NHL goal. Suter collected his first three goals in his sixth game and Kevin Lankinen made 25 saves, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Sunday for their second straight win. Lankinen was solid once again after he made 30 stops while earning his first career win in Friday night's 4-1 victory against the Red Wings. The Red Wings lost for the third time in their past four games. MISSINGThe Red Wings played without defenseman Jon Merrill and forwards Filip Zadina, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Adam Erne because of the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.
Jittery Danny DeKeyser felt good to be back on ice with Red Wings
“Just coming to the rink today, Day 1 of training camp, I had some jitters a little bit,” DeKeyser said. “It was a good thing, just to be back, coming to the rink with a purpose. He said he felt good after one day. “They’re all high-skilled, high-talented guys,” DeKeyser said. More: Six things to watch for from Red Wings training campmlive.com
Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill: ‘We hope we’ve improved in each area’
“With how our season went last year, we hope we have improved in each area,” Blashill said. He’s got very good ability on the power play; he’s got high-end skill. That’s going to be up to him. Once the season gets going, guys will have an opportunity to prove it.”Q: How much difference can a healthy Danny DeKeyser have on the defense? He was one of the players I didn’t think going into the season we could afford to lose.mlive.com