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Pavel Datsyuk, C4/26/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Pavel Datsyuk had a hand in both Red Wings goals Saturday against Boston.
Insight: Three of Detroit's six goals in the series were scored by Datsyuk. The 35-year-old averaged nearly a point per game this season (37 points in 45 contests) and should be an excellent fantasy choice in 2014-15.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/26/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson is questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Boston.
Insight: He's still dealing with a back injury, though he did say he felt better on Thursday. Alfredsson (18 goals, 31 assists) and Mike Babcock have both said they think he'll be ready for Saturday's game.
Jimmy Howard, G4/25/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard did not start in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Bruins on Thursday due to the flu and after being too sick to skate Friday is not expected to start Saturday.
Insight: Jonas Gustavsson will make another start. He stopped 37 of 40 shots in Detroit's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston in Game 4.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW4/24/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) will return to the lineup Thursday for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Bruins.
Insight: Zetterberg underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February. The Red Wings captain scored 48 points in 45 games and will be a huge boost to Detroit.
Jimmy Howard, G4/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard will not start in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Bruins on Thursday due to the flu, according to Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Jonas Gustavsson will make his playoff debut and try to tie up the series at two games apiece.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW4/24/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Thursday against Boston.
Insight: Zetterberg underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February. He scored 48 points in 45 games and this would be a big boost to the Red Wings offense.
Pavel Datsyuk, C4/24/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) is probable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Thursday against Boston.
Insight: Datsyuk missed 30 games due to knee inflammation from January-April, but he missed Wednesday's practice due to the birth of his daughter. He has just one point in three playoff games to date, but has been a point-a-game foward for most of his career.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/24/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson won't play in Game 4 versus Boston.
Insight: He's still out with a back injury. Alfredsson (18 goals, 31 assists) hasn't had much of an impact in this series. He hopes to be back for Game 5.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/22/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson won't compete Tuesday in Game 3 versus Boston. SOURCE: Ansar Khan, MLive
Insight: He's out with a back injury. Alfredsson (18 goals, 31 assists) hasn't had much of an impact in this series (zero shots on goal) but he did have an assist against the Bruins during the regular season.
Jonathan Ericsson, D4/22/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is expected to miss the remainder of the first-round series with Boston. Ericsson is recovering from a fractured finger.
Insight: Ericsson (1 G, 10 A) was expected to miss 4-6 weeks and we are just in week five.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW4/22/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to miss the Red Wings first-round series against the Bruins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Zetterberg continues to skate with his teammates in practice. He underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February.
Jimmy Howard, G4/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was sensational Friday in a Game 1 victory over Boston.
Insight: Howard needed 25 saves to secure his third career postseason shutout. He's 2-1 against the Bruins this season.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW4/14/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) has been ruled out for the first two games of the Red Wings' postseason series against the Bruins, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Zetterberg will skate with his teammates early in Tuesday's practice. He underwent back surgery for a herniated disc in late February and is very iffy for the entirety of Round 1.
Riley Sheahan, CHot4/13/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Riley Sheahan will head into the postseason having scored a goal in his last three games.
Insight: The 2010 first-rounder ended the regular season with nine goals and 15 assists (24 points) in 42 games. He'll try to stay hot against the Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pavel Datsyuk, C4/13/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) had his first multi-point game since Dec. 28 Sunday in the regular season finale against the Blues.
Insight: Datsyuk missed 30 games due to knee inflammation from January-April. He put up four points in six games since he returned to action and finished the regular season with 17 goals and 20 assists (37 points) in 45 games.
Petr Mrazek, G4/13/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (23 saves) held his own Sunday in a 3-0 victory over St. Louis.
Insight: It's his second shutout of the season. Mrazek shouldn't see any action when Detroit begins its postseason run later this week.
Justin Abdelkader, LW4/13/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Justin Abdelkader gave Detroit all the offense it needed Sunday in a 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Insight: Abdelkader finished the regular season in style by poking home two of the Red Wings' three goals on Sunday. The outburst ended an 18-game scoring drought for the 27-year-old.
Johan Franzen, LW4/13/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen won't be on the ice for Sunday's regular season finale against St. Louis. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Detroit is resting many of its starters ahead of the team's first round series next week. If seeding doesn't change, the Wings will open against Boston, a team they won three out of four against during the regular season.
Niklas Kronwall, D4/13/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall won't be available for Sunday's game versus St. Louis. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: He's resting along with teammates Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson and Danny DeKeyser. It's only Kronwall's third absence of the season. His 49 points this season are tenth-most among NHL defensemen.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/13/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit will rest veteran right wing Daniel Alfredsson Sunday against the Blues. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: That ends Alfredsson's regular season. He's tied for the team-lead in points with 49 in 68 contests in 2013-14.
Niklas Kronwall, D4/5/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had a goal and an assist Saturday at Montreal.
Insight: Kronwall also took seven SOG. The 33-year-old defenseman's 48 points are the second-most of his career.
Pavel Datsyuk, C4/5/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) had his first point since Dec. 30 with a goal Saturday.
Insight: Datsyuk missed 30 of 34 games due to knee inflammation before returning to the lineup Friday against the Sabres.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/3/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (sore back) is questionable for Friday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: The 41-year-old Alfredsson missed Tuesday's practice due to the injury. He has 45 points in 63 games this season.
Pavel Datsyuk, C4/2/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will not play Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Datsyuk has been dealing with knee inflammation since January and will miss his 30th game in the last 34. The center could be back Friday, but we wouldn't count on it. "I will play as soon as possible, but I need (to) be careful," Datsyuk said.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/2/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (lower body) will miss Wednesday's game, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: The 41-year-old Alfredsson missed Tuesday's practice due to the injury. He has 45 points in 63 games this season and will miss his 13th game of the season Wednesday.
Pavel Datsyuk, C4/1/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will either return Wednesday or Friday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Datsyuk has been dealing with knee inflammation since January and missed 29 of the last 33 games. The center said he'll be a game-time decision Wednesday, which was surprising to Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "Someone told me he's playing Friday," Babcock said. "It's up to him. I haven't been involved in those things all year. I spend my time worrying about the players that are playing."
Daniel Alfredsson, RW4/1/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (maintenance) missed practice Tuesday but expects to play Wednesday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: The 41-year-old Alfredsson has had a solid season for the Red Wings after spending 17 seasons in Ottawa. In 63 games, he has scored 17 goals and handed out 28 assists.
David Legwand, C3/30/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center David Legwand ended a four-game points drought by getting a goal and an assist Sunday against the Lightning.
Insight: Legwand has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 14 games with the Red Wings. That's a nearly identical scoring pace to the one he played at in Nashville this season.
Darren Helm, C3/30/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Darren Helm's hat trick Saturday against Toronto was the first of his seven-year career.
Insight: The six shots on goal he recorded tied a season-high. Helm's first goal of the contest came while Toronto was on the power play. It was his second shorthanded goal of the season and the seventh of his career.
Justin Abdelkader, LW3/30/2014 5:56:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) returned to the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Abdelkader missed two weeks due to his injury. He came into Sunday's game with eight goals and 16 assists this season. The Red Wings made Todd Bertuzzi a healthy scratch to get Abdelkader back in the lineup.
Pavel Datsyuk, C3/28/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) went through a full practice Friday for the first time in more than three weeks, according to Bill Roose of detroitredwings.com.
Insight: Datsyuk has been dealing with knee inflammation since January and missed 27 of the last 31 games. He said Thursday he needs to participate in a few team practices before returning so he's unlikely to play Saturday or Sunday, but he should be back Wednesday against Boston at the latest.
Tomas Tatar, LWHot3/27/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar had a third straight two-point game Tuesday at Columbus.
Insight: Tatar scored two goals Thursday and has amassed three goals and three assists the last three games. He has been skating with the red-hot Gustav Nyqust and Riley Sheahan (two points Thursday, six points in his last five games) on the team's second line.
Tomas Jurco, RW3/26/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco (rib) will return to the lineup Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Jurco (5 G, 5 A) broke ribs on March 11 against the Blue Jackets and hasn't played since.
Gustav Nyquist, CHot3/25/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist potted two more goals Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: That makes two straight two-goal games and six straight games with at least one goal. Nyquist has scored 20 goals in his last 24 games and 25 goals in 47 games this season.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW3/25/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi will play Tuesday after sitting out Sunday with the flu, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: The 39-year-old Bertuzzi has just nine goals and seven assists in 54 games this season.
Gustav Nyquist, CHot3/23/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist was unstoppable Sunday in a loss to Minnesota.
Insight: He tacked two more goals on to his season total. Nyquist has now scored a goal in five straight games, his longest streak of the season. Look for him to stay hot Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Joakim Andersson, C3/23/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (broken foot) expects to play Sunday, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Andersson missed the last six games. He has seven goals, 15 points and a -10 rating in 58 games this season and probably shouldn't be owned in any leagues at this time.
Gustav Nyquist, CHot3/22/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Gustav Nyquist scored a goal for the fourth straight game Saturday against the Wild.
Insight: The 24-year-old Nyquist has scored five goals during the streak and 21 goals in 45 games this season. He's keeping the injury-decimated Red Wings in the playoff chase.
David Legwand, C3/22/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Center David Legwand has recorded seven points in nine games since the Red Wings acquired him from the Predators.
Insight: Legwand had a goal and an assist Saturday at Minnesota. On the season, the veteran has 12 goals and 47 points in 71 contests.
Joakim Andersson, C3/22/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (broken bone in foot) will miss Saturday's game, but could be back sometime next week, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Andersson has seven goals, 15 points and a -10 rating in 58 games this season and probably shouldn't be owned in any leagues at this time.
Darren Helm, C3/22/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm (concussion) is probable for Saturday's game against Minnesota, though the final word will likely come just before game-time.
Insight: Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries. He was able to skate with the team Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 4.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW3/20/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson had three points (two goals, one assist) in Thursday's win against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Alfredsson's shorthanded goal won the game with one second left in overtime. Overall, Alfredsson is second on the team in goals with 17 tallies in 57 games.
Jonathan Ericsson, D3/19/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing successful surgery on his finger Wednesday, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com. Ericsson suffered a fractured finger during Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ericsson (1 G, 10 A) will miss four-to-six weeks. He's already missed 20 games this season due to injuries -- 10 with a separated shoulder and 10 with broken ribs. The Red Wings injury list continues to grow.
Jonathan Ericsson, D3/19/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will have surgery on his broken left middle finger, according to nhl.com. He sustained the injury Tuesday night.
Insight: Ericsson (1 G, 10 A) will miss at least two weeks. He's already missed 20 games this season due to injuries -- 10 with a separated shoulder and 10 with broken ribs. The Red Wings injury list continues to grow.
Gustav Nyquist, C3/18/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Gustav Nyquist came through with two goals Tuesday in a win against Toronto.
Insight: He's scored in each of his last two games after being held without a point in his previous three. Nyquist leads all Red Wings players with 19 goals, which is pretty remarkable when you consider he only had four goals total in his previous two seasons.
Justin Abdelkader, LW3/18/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader will miss two weeks with a leg laceration, according to Chris Johnston of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Abdelkader has eight goals, 16 assists, 29 PIM and 133 SOG in 62 games, so fantasy owners can easily replace him.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW3/18/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Bertuzzi (8 G, 7 A) missed Sunday's game and isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Darren Helm, C3/14/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm (concussion) is hoping to return next week, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries. He was able to skate with the team Friday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 4.
Jimmy Howard, G3/13/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard (flu) will start Friday against the Oilers, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Howard (13-15-10, 2.65 GAA, .912 SV%) missed Tuesday's game with the flu, but he's feeling better.
Tomas Jurco, RW3/13/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco will miss at least two weeks due to a broken rib, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Yet another injury for the Red Wings this season. Jurco has five goals and 10 points in 26 games.
Tomas Jurco, RW3/12/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco is out indefinitely due to a rib injury, according the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Jurco has five goals and 10 points in 26 games this season.
Jimmy Howard, G3/11/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: A flu bug will keep Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard out of lineup Tuesday, according to the Red Wings on Twitter.
Insight: Petr Mrazek will start in place of Howard (13-15-10, 2.65 GAA, .912 SV%) at Columbus.
Jonas Gustavsson, G3/8/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson's groin flared up again after Friday's game, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Gustavsson has been troubled by a sore groin three different times this season. Detroit called up Petr Mrazek to back up Jimmy Howard Sunday against the Rangers.
Gustav Nyquist, C3/7/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist looked like he was on a mission Friday against the Devils.
Insight: Nyquist finished with four points (one goal, three assists) and a +4 rating. The eight shots he took were a season-high. With eight points in his last five games, he'll be worth a start Sunday against the Rangers.
Johan Franzen, LWHot3/7/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen had a monster game Friday against New Jersey.
Insight: Franzen potted two goals to go along with two assists as the Red Wings torched the Devils for seven goals on 33 shots. The veteran now has ten points in his last five appearances. We'll see if he can add to that Sunday against the Rangers.
Stephen Weiss, C3/6/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) left Monday's practice with groin pain which isn't good for a guy who has sports hernia surgery around Christmas time.
Insight: Weiss was trying to rush back because of all the injuries the Red Wings have had to deal with at center. He has two goals and two assists in 26 games which simply isn't enough production to be a viable fantasy option.
Darren Helm, C3/5/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm exited Tuesday's game with headaches and will be tested for a concussion, according to the Red Wings on Twitter.
Insight: Detroit is dealing with injuries to centers Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Helm, which led to it trading for David Legwand Wednesday. Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries.
Pavel Datsyuk, C3/5/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings will shut down Pavel Datsyuk for about three weeks, GM Ken Holland said, according to Detroit on Twitter.
Insight: The inflamed knee that has bothered Datsyuk since January has not improved. He won't need surgery at this time and will be reevaluated in three weeks.
David Legwand, C3/5/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Center David Legwand has landed in his native Detroit after playing 956 games in Nashville.
Insight: The Red Wings' center position has been decimated by injuries to Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm. The 33-year-old Legwand has 10 goals, 30 assists and 107 SOG this season.
Darren Helm, C3/4/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Helm (7 G, 5 A) has played just 29 games this season due to injuries. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had no updates regarding Helm's injury after Tuesday's game.
Johan Franzen, LWHot3/4/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen has generated seven points in three games since he returned from a concussion.
Insight: Franzen missed all but one game from Dec. 15 to Feb. 26 and has come back with three straight multi-point games. He had a goal and an assist Tuesday at New Jersey.
Daniel Cleary, RW3/3/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: According to Ansar Khan of mlive.com, Red Wings winger Danny Cleary will be out at least one week with a knee injury.
Insight: Cleary (4 G, 4 A) hasn't played since Jan. 28, missing seven games in that timeframe.
Pavel Datsyuk, C3/3/2014 6:31:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will miss Tuesday's game against the Devils and is doubtful for Thursday's contest against the Avalanche, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: The inflamed knee that has bothered Datsyuk since January is not getting better with rest or medication. He'll get a fourth opinion Wednesday after the first three doctors indicated that surgery was not needed.
Johan Franzen, LWHot2/27/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen came up with his third career hat trick Thursday at Ottawa. He skated just 13:32, in large part because he spent 12 minutes in the penalty box.
Insight: Franzen (12 G, 16 A) looks like he's happy to be back on the ice after dealing with concussion symptoms and missing all but one game from Dec. 15 to Feb. 26. He's registered five points in his first two games back.
Gustav Nyquist, CHot2/26/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Gustav Nyquist scored his 15th goal of the season Wednesday at Montreal.
Insight: Nyquist has played just 34 games this season, so he's on a pace of 36 goals per 82 games. He has generated 15 points (10 goals) in his last 12 games.
Johan Franzen, LW2/26/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen had two assists in his return from a concussion Wednesday.
Insight: Franzen (9 G, 16 A) first suffered a concussion back in December, tried to return on Jan. 26 and began experiencing symptoms again. He has played in 32 of Detroit's 59 games this season.
Johan Franzen, LW2/24/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen, who has been on injured reserve due to a recurrence of concussion symptoms and missed the Olympics, is "optimistic" about returning to the lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: Franzen (9G, 14A in 31 games) has played one game since Dec. 16. He'll see a doctor Monday as the final hurdle to his return to the lineup.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW2/21/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will need the next eight weeks to recover from back surgery. SOURCE: Craig Custance, ESPN
Insight: Zetterberg had been dealing with a herniated disk. It's unlikely that he'll be back before the end of the regular season. Fantasy owners in non-dynasty leagues should feel safe dropping Zetterberg (16 goals, 32 assists) at this point.
Pavel Datsyuk, C2/15/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Pavel Datsyuk starred for Russia Saturday in a loss to the United States.
Insight: Datsyuk scored both of Russia's goals in regulation before adding another during the shootout. The Russians will have a chance to rebound from this tough loss Sunday when they take on Slovakia.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW2/8/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: The 41-year-old Alfredsson has missed his share of games this season, but he's been very productive when on the ice. He has 14 goals, 35 points and 111 SOG in 46 games.
Pavel Datsyuk, C2/8/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk got just 13 minutes of ice time on Thursday night, his first game back since Jan. 1.
Insight: Datsyuk (groin) skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson. He's totaled 15 goals and 17 assists in 36 games. Hopefully he'll get more playing time in his second game back.
Stephen Weiss, C2/8/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) participated in Wednesday's practice without anyt problems and should be back for the first game following the break.
Insight: Weiss has two goals and two assists in 26 games which simply isn't enough production to be a viable fantasy option.
Jakub Kindl, D2/6/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: Kindl has a lower-body injury, but mainly he was put on the list to make room for Pavel Datsyuk. Kindl has 11 points, but a -11 rating hurts any offensive value.
Pavel Datsyuk, C2/6/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk was activated from injured reserve for Thursday's game against Florida.
Insight: Datsyuk (groin) skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during Wednesday's practice, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com. He's totaled 15 goals and 17 assists in 35 games. Get him in your lineup today.
Pavel Datsyuk, C2/5/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during Wednesday's practice, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com. He'll play Thursday unless he suffers a setback during the morning skate.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, and it looks like he'll get in a couple of games with the Red Wings first. He's totaled 15 goals and 17 assists in 35 games.
Pavel Datsyuk, C2/4/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Red Wings coach Ken Holland said center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) will return to the lineup Thursday barring a setback, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, but he's running out of time to get in a couple of games with Detroit before the break. He's totaled 15 goals and 17 assists in 35 games.
Jonas Gustavsson, G2/4/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson left Monday's game due to dizziness and though management says he's fine, we have him listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup with Florida.
Insight: Jimmy Howard finished outht e final 40 minutes on Monday, making all 16 saves, and figures to get the nod against the Panthers.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW2/2/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Red Wings winger Henrik Zetterberg had three helpers Sunday at Washington.
Insight: After missing two games with a back injury, Zetterberg has skated 23+ minutes in the last two games and appears to be fine. He has 16 goals, 31 assists, 18 PIM, 143 SOG and a +19 in 42 games, making him one of the top overall players in fantasy.
Gustav Nyquist, CHot2/2/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Gustav Nyquist caught fire Sunday against the Capitals.
Insight: Nyquist was involved in four of the Red Wings' five goals, scoring three of them and assisting on another. He's now scored in six of his last seven games with a +3 rating over that span. Sunday marked the first hat trick of Nyquist's 58-game career.
Gustav Nyquist, RWHot1/31/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist scored his fifth goal in the last six games Friday against Washington.
Insight: Nyquist has 10 goals and 18 points in 29 games this season. If he's still available in your league pick him up and take advantage of the hot streak.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW1/31/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Red Wings high-scoring winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) will return to the lineup Friday, according to detroitredwings.com.
Insight: The 33-year-old Red Wings captain missed the last two games. He has put up 16 goals, 44 points and 138 SOG in 40 games this season.
Jimmy Howard, G1/31/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard, activated from injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's game, will make his first start since Jan 20 on Friday.
Insight: Howard wound up missing four games with a knee injury. The 29-year-old has been streaky this year (9-12-8, .916 SV%, 2.64 GAA) and isn't necessarily a must-start.
Johan Franzen, LW1/31/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen, who is on injured reserve due to a recurrence of concussion symptoms, will miss the Olympics, according to beat reporter Helene St. James.
Insight: Franzen (9G, 14A in 31 games) sat out from Dec. 16 to Jan. 25 with a concussion and was able to play just one game. It's a blow to the Swedish team and an indication that he's not going to return to the ice for the Red Wings for an extended period of time.
Stephen Weiss, C1/31/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) is making progress, but is still a long way away from returning to the ice, according to a Detroit News report.
Insight: Weiss is skating on his own and is targeting the end of February for a return. He has two goals and two assists in 26 games which simply isn't enough production to be a vioable fantasy option.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/31/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) skated at practice Thursday, but will not be in the lineup Fridayday, according to Mlive.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, but he's running out of time to get in a couple of games with Detroit before the break. He's totaled 15 goals and 17 assists in 35 games.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW1/30/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Red Wings high-scoring winger Henrik Zetterberg sat out the past two games with an ailing back, but is expected to play in Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: The Red Wings captain has been day-to-day. He's a must start any time he's in uniform averaging more than a point-a-game (16 goals, 28 assists in 40 games).
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/28/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) will not be in the lineup Tuesday, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, but he's running out of time to get in a couple of games with Detroit before the break.
Johan Franzen, LW1/28/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) has been placed back on injured reserve with a recurrence of concussion symptoms, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Franzen sat out from Dec. 16 to Jan. 25 with a concussion and was able to play just one game. The Red Wings are without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Franzen at the moment.
Joakim Andersson, C1/28/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (lower body) is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Andersson has seven goals, 13 points and a -8 rating in 46 games this season and shouldn't be owned in any leagues at this time.
Joakim Andersson, C1/28/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (lower body) missed the last six games, but is expected to return Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Andersson has seven goals, 13 points and a -8 rating in 46 games this season and shouldn't be owned in any leagues at this time.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW1/28/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Wings high-scoring winger Henrik Zetterberg sat out Sunday's game with a back injury and is doubtful for Tuesday, according to a Detroit free Press report. He also missed 11 games in December due to the back
Insight: The Red Wings captain is day-to-day. He's a must start any time he's in uniform averaging more than a point-a-game (16 goals, 28 assists in 40 games).
Jimmy Howard, G1/27/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard was activated from injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's game in Philadelphia. SOURCE: MLive
Insight: Howard wound up missing three games with a knee injury. The 29-year-old has been streaky this year (9-12-8, .916 SV%, 2.64 GAA) and isn't necessarily a must-start. If you think you can do better, it's okay to leave Howard on the bench.
Riley Sheahan, C1/26/2014 9:23:00 PM
Description: Detroit rookie center Riley Sheahan has generated three goals and eight points in 12 games this season.
Insight: The 2010 first-rounder has been centering the Red Wings third line between Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar. Four of his points and two of his goals have come over the last four games.
Gustav Nyquist, RWHot1/26/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has collected seven points over his last five games and scored a goal in four straight.
Insight: Nyquist had one of Detroit's four goals Sunday against Florida. The 24-year-old has produced nine goals, 17 points and 62 SOG over 27 games this season.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW1/26/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: The Red Wings will get Johan Franzen back from a concussion Sunday but will play without Henrik Zetterberg, who is dealing with an upper-body injury. SOURCE: Ted Kulfan, Detroit News.
Insight: The Red Wings captain has generated eight points (two goals) in his last four games following a four-game scoreless streak. Zetterberg is day-to-day.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/25/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) will miss Sunday's game but hopes to be back next week, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1 and wasn't expected to be out this long. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in a couple of weeks.
Jimmy Howard, G1/25/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) hopes to be back for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Howard missed three weeks last month with a sprained MCL in his left knee and injured the same knee on Jan. 20. He was scheduled to have it reevaluated in a week but returned to the ice early.
Johan Franzen, LW1/25/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) will return to the lineup Sunday barring a setback, GM Ken Holland said. SOURCE: freep.com
Insight: Franzen (9 G, 13 A in 30 games) hasn't played since Dec. 15 due to a concussion.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/24/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) skated Friday morning and he's a go for tonight's game against Montreal.
Insight: When healthy, Alfredsson is still a must-start (11 goals, 19 assists in 38 games this season), but at 41-years-old you don't heal like you did as a 20-year-old. The Red Wings need him back in the lineup, particularly on their struggling power play.
Johan Franzen, LW1/24/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) still has no official timetable for his return, but MLive is reporting that Thursday "was the first day that he hasn't felt the least bit foggy."
Insight: Franzen (9 G, 13 A in 30 games) hasn't played since Dec. 15 and is still out indefinitely, but this is encouraging news. He's a top two-way player when he returns and is a solid fantasy option.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/24/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) will skate Friday morning and if all goes well could play Friday night, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Insight: When healthy, Alfredsson is still a must-start (11 goals, 19 assists in 38 games this season), but at 41-years-old you don't heal like you did as a 20-year-old. The Red Wings need him back in the lineup, particularly on their struggling power play.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/22/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) said he feels better and could be back within the week, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Datsyuk last played on Jan. 1 and wasn't expected to be out this long. The veteran guaranteed he'll be ready to play for Russia in the Sochi Winter Olympics in a couple of weeks.
Jimmy Howard, G1/22/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard isn't expected to skate for at least a week due to fluid in his knee, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Howard missed three weeks last month with a sprained MCL in his left knee and injured the same knee Monday. This injury isn't believed to be as serious as the first time.
Jonas Gustavsson, G1/21/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is over his groin injury and is expected to start Wednesday.
Insight: Just in time with Jimmy Howard going down to a knee injury, Gustavsson is 11-3-2 with a 2.39 GAA and a .914 SV% this season.
Jimmy Howard, G1/21/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left Monday's game with an apparent injury to the same left knee that put him on the shelf in December.
Insight: Howard missed three weeks last month with a sprained MCL in his left knee and then dealt with a hip flexor strain earlier this month. If it's as serious as the first time, Howard may lose his spot on the Olympic team which begins Feb 12.
Jimmy Howard, G1/20/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left Monday's game due to a lower-body injury, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Howard missed three weeks in December with a sprained MCL in his left knee and then dealt with a hip flexor strain earlier this month. He may have aggravated one of those injuries.
Johan Franzen, LW1/20/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) skated with the team on Friday, but reportedly felt dizzy after the session.
Insight: Franzen (9 G, 13 A in 30 games) hasn't played since Dec. 15 and is still out indefinitely. He's a top two-way player when he returns and is a solid fantasy option.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/20/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk remains on injured reserve with what is believed to be a groin injury.
Insight: Datsyuk was not expected to be out for this long, he's missed the last six games, but as with Daniel Alfredsson when you get up in years the body heals slower. He' posted 32 points in 35 games so whenever he returns he should go immediately back into all fantasy lineups.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/20/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) missed Saturday's game and is doubtful for Monday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: When healthy, Alfredsson is still a must-start (11 goals, 19 assists in 38 games this season), but at 41-years-old you don't heal like you did as a 20-year-old.
Joakim Andersson, C1/18/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (lower body) missed Thursday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles.
Insight: Andersson has seven goals, 13 points and a -8 rating in 46 games this season and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Tomas Tatar, LW1/18/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar missed Thursday's game, but is expected to return from his father's funeral in time to play Saturday.
Insight: Tatar has scored three goals in his last four games and produced six points in his last nine. For the season he has 19 points in 38 games.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/18/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson will miss another game Saturday, according to Michigan Live.
Insight: When healthy, Alfredsson is still a must-start (11 goals, 19 assists in 38 games this season).
Jimmy Howard, GHot1/17/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (hip) will start Saturday against the Kings despite facing 48 SOG in a 1-0 loss Thursday against the Rangers. SOURCE: Detroit News
Insight: Howard was able to play through a hip flexor injury Thursday. He has faced 40.3 SOG per game over his last four games and posted a .957 SV% in that stretch.
Jimmy Howard, G1/16/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (hip) made 47 saves Thursday against the Rangers but gave up a goal with six minutes left in the third period to lose 1-0.
Insight: Howard was questionable to play with a hip flexor injury and may get off Saturday against the Kings after this grueling effort. Over his last four games, the Red Wings have forced him to face at leat 45 SOG three times, and Howard has responded with two games with 44 saves and Thursday's 47-save job.
Joakim Andersson, C1/16/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (lower body) will miss Thursday's game, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Andersson has seven goals and 13 points in 46 games this season and shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
Jimmy Howard, G1/16/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the NY Rangers while dealing with a hip flexor injury, but is expected to return, according to a Detroit News report.
Insight: Howard suffered a sprained left MCL earlier this month and now this injury. He's a mediocre 8-10-8 with a 2.67 GAA and a .913 SV%.
Darren Helm, C1/16/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm has been downgraded to out for Saturday's game against Los Angeles while dealing with a groin injury.
Insight: Helm hasn't played since Dec. 30, but when he's on the ice he's been putting up points with 11 in 16 games.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/16/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson will miss Thursday's game against the NY Rangers. He's dealing with back spasms.
Insight: He missed Wednesday's practice which doesn't bode well for a quick return. When healthy, Alfredsson is a must-start (11 goals, 19 assists in 38 games this season).
Tomas Tatar, LW1/14/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar will miss Thursday's game. He has returned to Slovakia for his father's funeral, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Tatar has scored three goals in his last four games and produced six points in his last nine.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW1/12/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson won't be in action Sunday against Anaheim. He's dealing with back spasms. SOURCE: Ansar Khan, MLive.com
Insight: He also missed Saturday's game against the Kings. We don't anticipate the veteran being out too much longer. When healthy, Alfredsson is a must-start (11 goals, 19 helpers in 38 games this season).
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/12/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk won't be in the lineup Sunday against the Ducks. SOURCE: Ansar Khan, MLive.com
Insight: A groin injury has kept him out for the last week and a half. Datsyuk's next chance to play will come Thursday night against the Rangers.
Darren Helm, C1/11/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm has been downgraded to out for Saturday's game against Los Angeles while dealing with a groin injury.
Insight: Helm has missed a lot of games this season, but when he's on the ice he's been putting up points with 11 in 16 games.
Darren Helm, C1/10/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm is questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles while dealing with a groin injury.
Insight: Helm has missed a lot of games this season, but when he's on the ice he's been putting up points with 11 in 16 games.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW1/10/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi (facial laceration) is questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles.
Insight: Bertuzzi hasn't scored since Dec. 10, and is a defensive liability (-12). This is not the same guy who almost scored 100 points in 2002 and hit triple-digit PIM six times in his career. Look elsewhere for winger help.
Johan Franzen, LW1/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) is not expected to play Thursday, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Franzen hasn't played since Dec. 15 and is out indefinitely.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/8/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (groin) said he'll be a game-time decision Thursday at San Jose, but coach Mike Babcock said it doesn't look like the veteran will be ready anytime soon. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: Datsyuk is one of the top players in the NHL but he has missed 47 games since the start of the 2010-11 season, including eight this season.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/4/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk wasn't in the lineup Saturday against Dallas. SOURCE: John Keating, Fox Sports Detroit
Insight: Datsyuk is out with a lower body injury. The hope is that he'll be back for next Thursday's game against San Jose. Saturday marks Datsyuk's eighth absence of the season.
Pavel Datsyuk, C1/4/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk missed Friday's practice for maintenance and will be a game-time decision Saturday. SOURCE: mlive.com
Insight: Neither coach Mike Babcock nor Datsyuk would say what was wrong with the center. Datsyuk did take part in the morning skate Saturday, for what it's worth.
Johan Franzen, LW1/4/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (concussion) is questionable for Saturday's game, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Franzen hasn't played since Dec. 15. He's traveling with the team and has a chance to play Saturday, but coach Mike Babcock was unsure about his status.
Patrick Eaves, RW1/2/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit winger Patrick Eaves is doubtful for Saturday's game against Dallas due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Eaves injury hasn't been announced, but a concussion is possible in which case he will have to go through the league protocol. With one point in 11 games, he has no fantasy value.
Justin Abdelkader, LW1/1/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Abdelkader also has seven PIM and four SOG in the last two contests. However, the 26-year-old only has 15 points in 37 games this season. He can be left on the free agent wire in most leagues.
Daniel Alfredsson, RWHot1/1/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson scored a goal in his return from a one-game absence Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: The 41-year-old is on a roll, collecting six points in his last five games. He has 11 goals and 30 points in 36 games.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW12/30/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson was a late scratch Monday due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: It's his sixth absence of the season. He'll finish December with four goals and six assists in 13 games.
Jimmy Howard, G12/30/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) is expected to start Monday's game against Nashville, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.
Insight: Howard suffered a sprained left MCL earlier this month but is now back to 100 percent. He's 6-8-7 with a 2.65 GAA and a .910 SV%.
Gustav Nyquist, RW12/28/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist scored a goal on five shots Saturday but he has just two points in his last seven games.
Insight: Nyquist only skated 10:40 Saturday on Detroit's fourth line against the Panthers. Hopefully he can get back on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, who returned to action Saturday after sitting out nearly a month with a back injury.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW12/28/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson scored his 10th goal of the season Saturday at Florida.
Insight: The winger has reached 10 goals in 18 straight seasons. He's still getting the job done for fantasy owners with 29 points and 83 SOG in 35 games.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW12/28/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) scored a goal in his return to the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Zetterberg last played on Dec. 1 due to a herniated disk in his back. The Red Wings' captain now has 12 goals, 31 points and 102 SOG in 29 games this season and should be returned to all fantasy lineups.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW12/27/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) will return Saturday, as expected. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Zetterberg last played on Dec. 1 due to a herniated disk in his back. The Red Wings' captain has 11 goals, 30 points and 99 SOG in 28 games this season.
Jonathan Ericsson, D12/27/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson could miss up to five weeks with two fractured ribs, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Detroit coach Mike Babcock said if he had to guess, the defenseman will be sidelined 3-5 weeks. Ericsson hasn't done enough to get the attention of fantasy owners with eight points, 24 PIM and 38 SOG in 29 games, but he's an important member of Detroit's defense and his absence could affect the value of the Red Wings' goalies.
Jonathan Ericsson, D12/24/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson has been downgraded to out after tests revealed he has two broken ribs.
Insight: Ericsson collided with the Islanders' Matt Martin. The Red Wings defenseman hasn't done enough to get the attention of fantasy owners with eight points, 24 PIM and 38 SOG in 29 games.
Jonas Gustavsson, G12/24/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has a groin injury and is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida.
Insight: Gustavsson is 10-3-2 with a 2.35 GAA and a .915 SV% this season. With Jimmy Howard still sidelined Petr Mrazek (1-2-0, 1.90 GAA, .910 SV%) would get the start if Gustavsson can't skate.
Jonathan Ericsson, D12/24/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida with an upper body injury.
Insight: Ericsson collided with the Islanders' Matt Martin. The Red Wings defenseman hasn't done enough to get the attention of fantasy owners with eight points, 24 PIM and 38 SOG in 29 games.
Gustav Nyquist, RW12/21/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist is questionable for Saturday's game against Toronto with a sore groin.
Insight: Nyquist has four goals and four assists in 13 games since making his season debut. He was getting time on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg before missing the past two games.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW12/19/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson had a big night Thursday against Calgary, potting two goals and picking up one assist.
Insight: One of Alfredsson's goals was the game-winner in overtime. He has nine goals and 27 points in 32 games this season, which is far better production than anyone could have predicted from the 41-year-old forward.
Jimmy Howard, G12/19/2013 5:11:00 PM
Description: Red Wings GM Ken Holland wouldn't rule out goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) returning before the end of 2013, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Howard suffered a sprained left MCL last week. "I wouldn’t rule out (his return) on our road trip to Florida-Nashville (Dec. 28-30)," Holland said. "Even if he’s ready to go we won’t play him on the 28th because he’s going to need some practice time. But I would think the 30th, the Winter Classic (Jan. 1) or the 4th in Dallas he’ll be in the net, barring a setback."
Henrik Zetterberg, LW12/19/2013 5:10:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) is on track to return Dec. 28, when he's first eligible to come off long-term injured reserve, according to mlive.com.
Insight: Zetterberg last played on Dec. 1 due to a herniated disk in his back. The Red Wings' captain has 11 goals, 30 points and 99 SOG in 28 games this season.
Johan Franzen, LW12/17/2013 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen left Sunday's game after taking a hit from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas and is expected to miss Tuesday's game with Anaheim.
Insight: Franzen was forced to play center with Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm out, and now he's down as well. The forward has nine goals and 22 points in 30 games this season.
Justin Abdelkader, LW12/17/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader is expected to miss about one week due to a concussion and the protocol to return.
Insight: Abdelkader has 13 points in 34 games which is a bit disappointing for fantasy owners who expected more.
Johan Franzen, LW12/15/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen left Sunday's game after taking a hit from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas. The team announced he will not return, according to foxsportsdetroit.com.
Insight: Franzen was forced to play center with Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm out, and now he's down as well. The forward has nine goals and 23 points in 30 games this season.
Darren Helm, C12/15/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm is questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay due to a shoulder injury.
Insight: Helm missed five games so far and has begun to skate. He's scored 10 points in 15 games, including seven goals, so has plenty of fantasy value. It's likely he'll return by the end of the upcoming week.
Justin Abdelkader, LW12/15/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay due to a head injury.
Insight: Abdelkader probably has a concussion which makes any timetable for his return unknown. He has 13 points in 34 games.
Stephen Weiss, C12/14/2013 5:25:00 PM
Description: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that center Stephen Weiss (groin) will be out at least through Christmas.
Insight: Weiss has frequently been injured this season and hasn't produced fantasy-worthy numbers when he's played. He has two goals, four points and 28 SOG in 26 games.
Jimmy Howard, G12/13/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain when he hurt his knee at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: He'll be out for 2-to-4 weeks. Backup netminder Jonas Gustavsson will see plenty of action while Howard is sidelined.
Stephen Weiss, C12/12/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss will miss Thursday's game against Tampa Bay with a sore groin.
Insight: Weiss can't shake the injury bug this season. He did have three straight 20-goal seasons for Florida from 2009-11, however, so it's way too early to give up on him.
Darren Helm, C12/12/2013 12:11:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm is doubtful for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay due to a shoulder injury.
Insight: Helm missed three games so far and hopes to begin skating soon. He's scored 10 points in 15 games, including seven goals, so has plenty of fantasy value.
Jimmy Howard, G12/11/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard hurt his knee at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: He won't play Thursday in Tampa Bay and the team has already called up Petr Mrazek from AHL Grand Rapids to take his place. Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.66 GAA in 21 games this season.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW12/11/2013 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (back) will be out until at least Dec. 28 after being placed on long-term injured reserve. SOURCE: RedWings.com
Insight: Zetterberg last played on Dec. 1 due to a herniated disk in his back. The Red Wings' captain has 11 goals, 30 points and 99 SOG in 28 games this season.
Darren Helm, C12/10/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm is questionable for Tuesday's game against Florida due to a shoulder injury.
Insight: Helm missed two games so far. He's scored 10 points in 15 games, including seven goals, so has plenty of fantasy value.
Pavel Datsyuk, C12/10/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) has been medically cleared to play Tuesday and is expected to be on the ice against Florida.
Insight: Datsyuk has 12 goals, 23 points and 72 SOG in 24 games this season and is a must start.
Jonas Gustavsson, GHot12/7/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will start again Saturday after facing just 11 SOG in a 3-1 win over New Jersey Friday night. He'll take on the Panthers.
Insight: Gustavsson is 8-0-1 with a 2.04 GAA and a .928 SV% this season and will make his fifth start in the last seven games Saturday night due to Jimmy Howard's struggles.
Pavel Datsyuk, C12/7/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) has been medically cleared to play Tuesday, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com.
Insight: Datsyuk will miss his seventh straight game Saturday. He has 12 goals, 23 points and 72 SOG in 24 games this season.
Tomas Tatar, LWHot12/6/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar has notched three multi-point efforts over his last five games.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist Friday against New Jersey, giving him four goals and seven points over his last five games.
Johan Franzen, LWHot12/6/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen has scored a goal in three straight games to start December.
Insight: The winger has nine points during a six-game scoring streak and nine goals, 20 points, 20 PIM and 63 SOG in 25 games this season.
Jonas Gustavsson, G12/6/2013 6:59:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is starting in net Friday at New Jersey.
Insight: Gustavsson is 7-0-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .929 SV% this season and has been splitting starts 50-50 with Jimmy Howard recently due to Howard's struggles between the pipes.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW12/5/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi (shoulder) says he's ready to return, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Bertuzzi has missed the last five games. With centers Pavel Datysuk and Henrik Zetterberg both out, the 38-year-old Bertuzzi could struggle to produce upon returning to the lineup Friday at New Jersey.
Pavel Datsyuk, C12/5/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk's head injury must be much better because he was part of an optional practice Wednesday and has been upgraded to questionable.
Insight: Detroit GM Ken Holland said he would need a week of practicing before he'd get back into a game, but perhaps he's a fast healer. He's a fantasy stud with 23 points in 24 games.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW12/3/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a herniated disc. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: Assuming there aren't any setbacks, Zetterberg should be back around Christmas. He's tied with Patrick Kane for fifth in the league in scoring with 30 points in 28 games.
Pavel Datsyuk, C12/3/2013 11:52:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk is unlikely to play for about a week while dealing with a head injury (possible concussion), according to an Mlive.com report.
Insight: Detroit GM Ken Holland said he would need a week of practicing before he'd get back into a game. He's a fantasy stud with 23 points in 24 games.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW12/3/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi is questionable for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He's missed the last five games and was scoreless in his six games before that, so it's probably a good idea to let him sit on your bench for a while.
Darren Helm, CHot11/29/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Darren Helm knocked in two goals Friday in a victory over the Islanders.
Insight: Helm is heating up. That gives him five goals in his last five games. He has a +5 rating over that span. If he isn't already, get Helm into your fantasy lineup ASAP.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/29/2013 9:48:00 PM
Description: Detroit right wing Daniel Alfredsson racked up three points (two goals, one assist) in Friday's win against the Islanders.
Insight: Alfredsson has scored in two of his last three games after going his previous six without a goal. Even at age 40, he still commands attention in fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Howard, G11/29/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Wings goalie Jimmy Howard produced his second shutout of the season on Friday.
Insight: It was a nice bounceback effort for Howard (29 saves) after losing seven in a row. It might take more than one game for Howard to get back into the good graces of fantasy owners but at least it's a start.
Brendan Smith, D11/29/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith is questionable for Friday's game against the NY Islanders due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Smith has little-to-no fantasy value with one point in 16 games and an ugly -8 rating.
Pavel Datsyuk, C11/29/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk is out for Friday's game against the NY Islanders while dealing with a head injury (possible concussion).
Insight: Datsyuk didn't skate with the team on Thursday and there is no current timetable for his return to the ice. He's a huge part of the Red Wings offense with 12 goals and 11 assists in 24 games.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW11/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi is questionable Friday's game against the NY Islanders with an upper body injury (back).
Insight: He's missed the last three games and was scoreless in his six games before that, so it's probably a good idea to let him sit on your bench for a while.
Johan Franzen, LWHot11/27/2013 11:04:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen has four goals and 11 points in nine games this month.
Insight: Franzen, who had three assists Wednesday against Boston, also has 25 SOG and 12 PIM in November.
Niklas Kronwall, D11/27/2013 11:03:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has produced at least one point in four straight games.
Insight: Kronwall had a goal and one assist Wednesday against the Bruins, giving him three goals and 17 points in 24 games this season.
Gustav Nyquist, RW11/27/2013 11:01:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist had a goal and one assist Wednesday against Boston.
Insight: Nyquist has three goals and four points in four games since making his season debut. He's getting time on the top line with Henrik Zetterberg, which gives him some fantasy value.
Jonathan Ericsson, D11/27/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: The Red Wings signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year extension on Wednesday. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: The deal is worth $25.5 million. He would have been a free agent after the season. In 15 games, Ericsson has produced one goal and four assists.
Pavel Datsyuk, C11/27/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk won't be on the ice Wednesday when his team faces Boston. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: This will be the second game he's missed with a head injury. Datsyuk leads the Red Wings in goals this season with 12 tallies in 24 contests.
Jimmy Howard, GCold11/26/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: Detroit coach Mike Babcock stood behind Jimmy Howard as his No. 1 goaltender on Tuesday, according to detroitnews.com. "Let's be clear, we'll go as far as Howie takes us," Babcock said. "He's an elite goalie who it hasn't gone as good as he'd like to lately. We'll give him a breather to work with Jimmy (Bedard, Red Wings goaltender coach)."
Insight: Backup Jonas Gustavsson, who is 5-0-1 with a 2.35 GAA and a .926 SV%, will start Wednesday against the Bruins. Howard hasn't won in his last seven starts and is 5-7-6 with a 2.72 GAA and a .908 SV%. He has his difficulties early last season as well before finishing strong, so he's worth holding.
Pavel Datsyuk, C11/24/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Wings center Pavel Datsyuk may have suffered a concussion during Saturday's loss to Ottawa. SOURCE: CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
Insight: Despite taking an elbow to the head, Datsyuk was still able to log over 19 minutes of ice time and score his 12th goal of the season. He's already been ruled out for Sunday's game at Buffalo as a precaution.
Todd Bertuzzi, RW11/24/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi is questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo with an upper body injury (back).
Insight: Considering he's scorless in his last six games, it's probably a good ides to let him sit on your bench for a while.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/24/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin) is expected to return to the starting lineup, according to MLive.com.
Insight: Alfredsson has three goals and 11 assists in 19 games. He's been out since Nov. 12 (five games).
Stephen Weiss, C11/23/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss is back in the lineup after missing six games with a pulled groin. SOURCE: MLive.com
Insight: Weiss has only logged two goals in 17 games this season. He did have three straight 20-goal seasons for Florida from 2010-12, however, so it's way too early to give up on him.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/23/2013 12:48:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin) is out Saturday but hopes to return Wednesday, according to redwings.nhl.com.
Insight: Alfredsson has three goals and 11 assists in 19 games. He's been out since Nov. 12.
Stephen Weiss, C11/23/2013 12:45:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Stephen Weiss (groin) is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Insight: Weiss, who has just two goals and three points this season, has been out since Nov. 7. His absence will ensure Gustav Nyquist remains in a top-six role after scoring two goals in his debut Thursday.
Gustav Nyquist, RW11/22/2013 8:33:00 PM
Description: According to the Detroit News, the Red Wings will keep Gustav Nyquist will the team for the rest of the season.
Insight: Nyquist was recalled Wednesday and immediately placed on the second line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. He had two goals in his debut. However, with Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss nearing a return from injuries, Detroit soon will shuffle its lines again.
Henrik Zetterberg, LWHot11/21/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg has six points over his last two games.
Insight: He had a goal, two assists and six SOG Thursday against Carolina. That gives the Red Wings captain 11 goals, 26 points, 86 SOG and a +10 in 23 games.
Gustav Nyquist, RW11/21/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: In his first game of the season, Detroit's Gustav Nyquist scored two goals Thursday against Nashville.
Insight: Nyquist was recalled Wednesday and immediately placed on the second line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. Detroit may shuffle its lines again when center Stephen Weiss returns from his groin injury, however.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/21/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin) missed the last three games and is questionable for Thursday's game against Carolina.
Insight: Alfredsson has produced three goals and 14 points in 19 games this season, his first with Detroit after 17 years in Ottawa.
Danny DeKeyser, D11/20/2013 3:13:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday. SOURCE: Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Insight: The sprained shoulder DeKeyser suffered during Tuesday's loss to Nashville, should cost him about 4-to-6 weeks. The one positive we can take away from this is that DeKeyser won't require surgery.
Danny DeKeyser, D11/19/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser suffered a left shoulder injury and will not return to Tuesday's game.
Insight: The 23-year-old DeKeyser has two goals and nine points in 21 games this season, putting him on the fantasy radar in 10-12 team leagues. He's much more important to the Red Wings than to fantasy owners, however.
Danny DeKeyser, D11/19/2013 12:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser is questionable for Tuesday's game against Nashville due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: He has little offense for fantasy owners to be excited about.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/19/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin) missed the last two games and is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Nashville.
Insight: Alfredsson has produced three goals and 14 points in 19 games this season, his first with Detroit after 17 years in Ottawa.
Pavel Datsyuk, CHot11/16/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals Saturday against the Islanders for the second time in the last three games.
Insight: Datsyuk also had two goals Tuesday against the Jets. The veteran forward already has 11 goals, putting him on pace for not only his first 30-goal season since 2008, but a career-high 43 goals.
Johan Franzen, LW11/16/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen has five points (three goals) in three games since returning from an extended absence.
Insight: Franzen missed nearly two weeks of action due to an upper-body injury and it looks like the time off did him well. He scored his fifth goal of the season Saturday against the Islanders.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW11/16/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin) will miss Saturday's game, according to NHL.com.
Insight: Alfredsson has produced three goals and 14 points in 19 games this season, his first with Detroit after 17 in Ottawa.
Jonas Gustavsson, G11/16/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will start between the pipes Saturday against the Islanders.
Insight: Gustavsson has not started since Oct. 23 due to a neck injury. Even when healthy, he's stuck behind Jimmy Howard.
Johan Franzen, LW11/15/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen chipped in with two goals and one assist Friday in a loss to Washington.
Insight: He had a hand in all three of Detroit's goals. Braden Holtby denied him in the shootout. It was Franzen's first shootout attempt of the season.
Jonathan Ericsson, D11/15/2013 1:41:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve for Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: That's the soonest he could come off the long-term injured reserve list. he's scored three points in nine games this season with a respectable +4 rating.
Pavel Datsyuk, CHot11/12/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Wings center Pavel Datsyuk lit the lamp twice in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Insight: The night was somewhat marred by Datsyuk's misfire during the shootout. Fantasy owners probably weren't too upset though. Datsyuk has already posted eight points since the start of the month.
Johan Franzen, LW11/11/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen (upper body) is expected to play Tuesday night.
Insight: Franzen has missed five of the past six games with an undisclosed upper body injury that may have been a concussion. He tried to play on Nov. 1 but left with nausea.
Henrik Zetterberg, LWHot11/9/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg led the way with two goals Saturday in a loss to the Lightning.
Insight: He was responsible for all of the Red Wings' scoring. The veteran has now registered eight points in his last five contests.
Stephen Weiss, C11/8/2013 5:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Stephen Weiss (groin) will miss Saturday's game.
Insight: Weiss is day-to-day with the injury, according to mlive.com. The 30-year-old has two goals and three points in 17 games this season.
Johan Franzen, LW11/8/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen (undisclosed) has been placed on injured reserve.
Insight: He hasn't played since last Friday, so he can return whenever he's ready. The winger exited that game with nausea and hasn't played since. He said he might be ready for Tuesday's game against Winnipeg.
Pavel Datsyuk, CHot11/7/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk had one goal and one assist Thursday against Dallas to extend his scoring streak to four games.
Insight: Datsyuk has provided his expected production of 18 points in 17 games and is also on pace for his first 30-goal season since 2008-09. He's attempting 3.18 SOG per game, up from 2.36 over the previous three seasons.
Johan Franzen, LW11/6/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen (illness) will miss Thursday's game, according to Mlive.com.
Insight: Franzen attempted to play Friday but left due to nausea. "I don't know what the schedule is on (Franzen), I just know he’s not feeling good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Jonathan Ericsson, D11/6/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) said he'll be ready to play Nov. 15 against the Capitals, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: That's the soonest he'll be able to come off the long-term injured reserve list. The blue-liner has missed seven straight games due to a left shoulder injury.
Johan Franzen, LW11/3/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen (illness) hopes to practice Monday, according to the Detroit News.
Insight: Franzen exited Friday night because of an illness and missed Saturday's game. The Red Wings next play Monday night against Winnipeg.
Johan Franzen, LW11/2/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen won't be on the ice Saturday against Edmonton. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Franzen exited Friday night because of an illness and it appears he's still feeling a bit under the weather. The 33-year-old hasn't scored since October 17th at Colorado.
Petr Mrazek, G11/2/2013 2:41:00 PM
Description: Petr Mrazek will start in goal Saturday at Edmonton after being called up by the Red Wings Friday.
Insight: Detroit's regular backup Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve due to a sore neck. Mrazek had a 2.33 GAA in 42 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL last season but he has struggled in 2013-14, posting a 3.14 GAA and an .891 SV% in five games. Jimmy Howard should be back in net Monday at Winnipeg.
Johan Franzen, LW11/2/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Red Wings winger Johan Franzen left Friday's game after feeling nauseous, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Franzen returned Friday after missing nearly a week due to an undisclosed injury. He's questionable for Saturday's game against Edmonton.
Johan Franzen, LW11/1/2013 8:44:00 PM
Description: Wings forward Johan Franzen is officially active for Friday night's game in Calgary. SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
Insight: Franzen (undisclosed injury) hasn't played since Saturday against the Rangers. He scored twice in three meetings with the Flames last season.
Darren Helm, C11/1/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Saturday's game against Edmonton.
Insight: Helm missed 47 of 48 games last season with a serious back injury and was hoping to be ready for camp when it opened. He wasn't eligible to play until Game 11 for the Red Wings. Helm had 26 points (9 G, 17 A) in 68 games in 2011-12.
Johan Franzen, LW11/1/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen is probable for Friday's game against Calgary with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Franzen said he had a 95 percent chance of returning Friday night in Calgary. He's totaled two goals and three assists this season. Franzen is expected to center a line between Daniel Cleary and Daniel Alfredsson, according to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News.
Johan Franzen, LW10/30/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Johan Franzen won't be available Wednesday against Vancouver. SOURCE: Red Wings on Twitter
Insight: He's out with an undisclosed injury. It shouldn't be a long absence as Franzen is hoping to return Friday night in Calgary.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/23/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (mouth) is expected to play Wednesday. He was spotted warming up, according to Darren Dreger of tsn.ca.
Insight: Kronwall is recovered from his concussion but he was downgraded to a game-time decision after taking a puck to the face at practice. He's posted six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games this season.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/23/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be a game-time call Wednesday against the Senators. SOURCE: Brian Hedger, NHL.com
Insight: Kronwall was downgraded to questionable after taking a puck to the face at practice. He's posted six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games this season.
Jonathan Ericsson, D10/22/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) will miss 2-3 weeks.
Insight: Ericsson gets big minutes on Detroit's blue line but he has 14 goals and 60 points in 286 career games.
Patrick Eaves, RW10/21/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Patrick Eaves is skating, but isn't be eligible to play until Oct. 26 versus the Rangers.
Insight: Eaves hasn't scored more than 22 points in a season since 2006, so isn't on the fantasy radar screen.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/21/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall (mild concussion) says he feels great and hopes to be back within a week, but won't be ready for Monday.
Insight: Kronwall took a massive hit from Colorado's Cody McLeod, who was ejected for the incident. The defenseman could practice as soon as Monday at the skate around.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/20/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall (concussion) says he feels great and hopes to be back within a week, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Kronwall left the ice on a stretcher Thursday after taking a massive hit from Colorado's Cody McLeod, who was ejected for the incident. However, he only suffered a minor concussion. The defenseman could practice as soon as Monday.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/18/2013 4:34:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall only suffered a "mild concussion" as well as cuts to his right ear Thurdsay, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Kronwall left the ice on a stretcher Thursday after taking a massive hit from Colorado's Cody McLeod, who was ejected for the incident. However, he has avoided a major head injury.
Niklas Kronwall, D10/17/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered a scary injury Thursday against the Avalanche. SOURCE: Ansar Khan, MLive.com
Insight: He left the ice on a stretcher after taking a massive hit from Colorado's Cody McLeod, who was ejected for the incident. If the injury is as bad as it looked, Kronwall could be out a while.
Jimmy Howard, G10/17/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard will serve as the backup netminder for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Backup Jonas Gustavsson is 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .955 SV% so the team can afford to let Howard (bruised hand) get completely healthy. Gustavsson will make his third start on Thursday.
Jimmy Howard, G10/15/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard is hoping to return to the lineup Thursday against Colorado after missing Monday's game due to a bruised left hand. SOURCE: Mlive.com
Insight: Jonas Gustavsson will make a second straight start Tuesday against the Blue Jackets after making 28 saves on 30 shots in a 3-2 win over Boston Monday.
Jonas Gustavsson, G10/14/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will start Monday's game at Boston.
Insight: Jimmy Howard is dealing with a hand injury, but thought he would be ready to play Gustavsson is 3-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .922 SV%.
Darren Helm, C10/14/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm is on long-term IR, but has been practicing for the last two weeks.
Insight: Helm missed 47 of 48 games last season with a serious back injury and was hoping to be ready for camp when it opened. He isn't eligible to play until Game 11 for the Red Wings. Helm had 26 points last season (9 G, 17 A) in 68 games in 2011-12.
Patrick Eaves, RW10/14/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Detroit winger Patrick Eaves has begun skating, but won't be eligible to play until after the Red Wings have played 10 games.
Insight: Eaves hasn't scored more than 22 points in a season since 2006, so isn't on the radar screen.
Henrik Zetterberg, LWHot10/12/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Henrik Zetterberg led Detroit with two goals and an assist Saturday in a win over the Flyers.
Insight: Zetterberg has scored at least once in three out of his last four games. If you're going to own a Red Wing in fantasy, Zetterberg is the guy to have.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW10/4/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Wings center Henrik Zetterberg had two points (1 G, 1 A) and 10 SOG Friday at Carolina.
Insight: Zetterberg is one of the top centers in fantasy hockey and should threaten the 80-point and 300-shot marks. He already has 14 SOG in two games this season.
Stephen Weiss, C10/2/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Detroit center Stephen Weiss (groin) is probable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Weiss is expected to center the line with Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen. That's a nice pair of wingers to play with and his fantasy totals should be very good this season.
Jakub Kindl, D10/2/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl is questionable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo with a strained hip flexor.
Insight: Kindl produced 13 points in 41 games last season (4 G, 9 A) with a solid +15 rating. That was an improvement over the previous season.
Johan Franzen, C10/2/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen is probable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo while dealing with a strained hip flexor.
Insight: The injury caused him to miss a couple of preseason games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Franzen is a complete player and a highly valued fantasy option. He totaled 14 goals and 17 assists last season with a +13 rating. Playing with newly-acquired Daniel Alfredsson certainly won't hurt his numbers.
Jonathan Ericsson, D10/2/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (bruised thigh) is probable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: Eriksson isn't a big point producer (3G, 10A), but he posted a solid +6 rating last season. There are probably better options out there for fantasy owners.
Danny DeKeyser, D10/2/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: He missed the team's final two preseason games, but did practice on Saturday. He has little offense for fantasy owners to be excited about.
Daniel Alfredsson, RW10/2/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson (yes that sounds strange to me too) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Buffalo with a strained groin.
Insight: Alfredsson notched 426 goals and 682 assists during his 17-year tenure in Ottawa and will now play his first NHL season with another team. He is expected to play alongside Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen.
Justin Abdelkader, LW10/2/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader is probable for Wednesday's game with Buffalo. He's been dealing with a lacerated left hand.
Insight: Abdelkader "won the lottery" and will start on the Red Wings' top unit alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. His statistics should jump dramatically if he stays with them all season.
Darren Helm, C9/13/2013 1:52:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm is questionable for the opener against Buffalo after injuring his groin while preparing for training camp.
Insight: Helm missed 47 of 48 games last season with a serious back injury and was hoping to be ready for camp when it opened. He had 26 points last season (9 G, 17 A) in 68 games in 2011-12.
Justin Abdelkader, LW9/13/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader was seen skating alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in Thursday's intrasquad scrimmage, according to a Detroit News report.
Insight: If the trio stays together, Abdelkader could be a nice late-round option.


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