Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek allowed just one goal in the Game 7 loss to the Lightning on Wednesday.
Insight: Mrazek only had to make 15 saves, but that wasn't enough as Tampa Bay scored on a one-timer in the third period to win. Mrazek had no chance to make the save. Tampa Bay added an empty-net goal and won, 2-0. Surely, the media will begin speculating what will happen to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock this offseason.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and was plus-one in the, 4-0, victory over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Datsyuk scored on the power play, which was Detroit's second goal on the man advantage in the game. The goal was also the third of the game and came with under five minutes to go, so it pretty much sealed the victory for Detroit. Red Wings fans probably loved seeing the late third goal after blowing a two-goal lead the other night. Game 6 is on Monday, and Detroit leads, 3-2.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek recorded his second shutout of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as Detroit beat Tampa Bay, 4-0, in Game 5 on Saturday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced. Even with the hiccup in Game 3 where Mrazek allowed four goals on 18 shots, he has posted a .940 save percentage and 1.91 GAA. Detroit leads the series, 3-2.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit going in Game 3, scoring the game's first goal on a deflection as the Red Wings went on to beat the Lightning, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Tomas Tatar took a shot from the point that Datsyuk redirected into the net. Datsyuk was tied for the team lead with four shots on net. He has two goals and an assist in the series as Detroit leads, 2-1.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves in the, 3-0, victory over the Lightning on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: There was a little bit of debate whether Detroit should stick with Mrazek or switch to Jimmy Howard, who played the third period of Game 2. Coach Mike Babcock made the right choice to stick with Mrazek as he picked up his first career postseason shutout. The underdog Red Wings lead the series, 2-1.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning on Thursday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped 44-of-46 shots in the, 3-2, victory. After a rough finish to the season for both Mrazek and fellow Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, it was unclear who would start in net. It is now clear that Mrazek is the man after his performance in Game 1.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals in the, 3-2, victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning.
Insight: Datsyuk opened up the scoring in the first period and then scored on the power play eight seconds into the second period. On first goal, Datsyuk deflected the first shot of the game passed Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, and then on the second score, Datsyuk displayed his tremendous skill that was overlooked when the experts picked Tampa Bay to win this series easily. Game 2 will be on Friday.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek played well in the loss to the Capitals on Sunday.
Insight: The Red Wings are trying to settle their goalie situation going into the playoffs, and Mrazek appears to be the guy. He made 26 saves on 28 shots in the, 2-1, loss. Of course, Detroit still has to clinch a playoff spot with the Ottawa Senators just three points back and a game in hand.
Description: Red Wings center Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist in Detroit's heart-breaking loss to Boston on Thursday.
Insight: Detroit took a, 2-0, lead on Weiss' power-play goal early in the third period, but Boston scored three unanswered goals to win in regulation, 3-2. Weiss has nine goals and 14 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 33 saves in the loss to the Senators on Tuesday.
Insight: Mrazek is likely starting in the hopes of lighting a fire under Jimmy Howard before the playoffs. Mrazek played well versus Ottawa, allowing just one goal which came in the final five minutes of regulation. Unfortunately, Mrazek was pretty awful in the shootout, saving just one of four attempts. He is 15-7-2 this season.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored his 10th goal of March on Saturday versus the Lightning.
Insight: As The Sports Network suggested on Wednesday, Abdelkader is a prime waiver wire pickup candidate because he has just been on fire this month. Ten of his 23 goals this season are from March while he also has 23 penalty minutes this month. If owners need those two categories, go pick up Abdelkader.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored a goal and an assist in the overtime loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Insight: Detroit never led in the game, but they also never trailed by more than one as Arizona and Detroit alternated on nine goals. Abdelkader scored in the second period and then assisted Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal to tie it at four. Abdelkader has been very good in March with eight goals and two assists this month.
It was a power-play goal and his 20th of the season. Abdelkader also had an assist, seven shots, four penalty minutes, and a plus-one rating. Erik Cole also tallied for Detroit.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek had an incredible game against the Penguins on Sunday.
Insight: Detroit won, 5-1, so not many fans are going to point to Mrazek as a key to the game, but he made 42 saves. Mrazek was standing on his head at times, and some of those saves were big early in the game. He certainly redeemed himself from his last start, which was also against the Penguins in which Mrazek allowed four goals in two periods.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored, but Detroit lost, 7-2, on Saturday to Philadelphia.
Insight: Abelkader scored in the second period to cut the Flyers lead to, 2-1, but Philadelphia scored five of the game's final six goals. Abdelkader has 19 goals and 18 assists in 60 games this season.
Description: Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist scored a goal during Sunday's loss versus Boston.
Insight: He also had six shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the day. Nyquist now has 22 goals and 45 points through 64 games this season. Luke Glendening and Marek Zidlicky also tallied for Detroit.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader had a pair of goals in the loss to the Flames on Friday night.
Insight: Abdelkader scored the first two goals of the game, getting one of those scores on the power play. But then, Calgary stormed back, scoring the last five goals of the game as the Red Wings lost, 5-2. Abelkader has 16 goals and 18 assists in 56 games this season.
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had two assists and a plus-two rating in the, 4-3, victory over the Predators on Saturday.
Insight: Detroit scored two goals in the final period to comeback and win. Kronwall assisted both those goals, which were scored from Alexei Marchenko and Tomas Tatar. Tatar's goal came on the power play. Kronwall has seven goals and 30 assists in 61 games this season.
Description: Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg will not play on Monday against the Ducks.
Insight: Zetterberg took a blow to the head from Jamie Benn on Saturday, so he will not play on Monday. Coach Mike Babcock said Zetterberg will likely not play on Tuesday either. Fantasy owners will miss him as he has 15 goals and 34 assists in 57 games this season.
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm scored a goal and an assist in the, 3-2, shootout victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Chicago outplayed Detroit in the first period, outshooting them 17-6, but the game was still scoreless. The Red Wings outshot the Blackhawks the rest of the game. Helm assisted Tomas Tatar's goal and then scored his own late in the third period to give the Red Wings a, 2-1, lead. Chicago rallied to tie, but Detroit won in the shootout.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and an assist in the, 5-4, shootout loss to the Jets on Saturday.
Insight: Datsyuk gave Detroit a, 3-1, lead but Winnipeg responded with the next three goals. Datsyuk then tied the game at four to send the contest into overtime. Datsyuk has 17 goals and 25 assists in 43 games this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek was pulled during Wednesday's loss against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Mrazek had his three-game winning streak snapped, and allowed four goals and 17 shots. Jimmy Howard replaced him, and stopped all four shots on goal. Both goaltenders are worth owning for now.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is expected to start Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Mrazek is 13-4-1 in 17 games this season after winning his thirs straight game Saturday. However, Jimmy Howard will be his backup which means he's almost ready to return to the starting lineup and Mrazek's fantasy value will soon take a significant hit.
Description: Red Wings starting goalie Jimmy Howard will back up Petr Mrazek Wednesday night, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Mrazek has won three straight to raise his record to 13-4-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .914 SV%, so the team can wait until Howard is 100 percent. Howard has been out since Jan. 10 with a groin injury.
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard hopes to be back on Feb. 11 according to MLive.com.
Insight: Howard has been out since Jan. 10 with a groin injury. Owners have sure missed him as he has posted a 2.11 GAA and .920 save percentage. Howard will be welcomed back into the Red Wings and fantasy lineups.
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in the, 5-4, victory over Florida on Tuesday.
Insight: That was Zetterberg's 15th goal of the season. He also had 30 assists as he is just behind the ppg pace with 45 points in 48 games. Zetterberg scored 32 seconds into the second period on passes from Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
Description: Red Wings right winger Luke Glendening scored a pair of goals in what is the biggest scoring night of his young NHL career.
Insight: Glendening scored just one goal in 56 games last season and surpassed that total with two goals on Tuesday. Owners still shouldn't rush to the waiver wire to pick up Glendening, though, as he has just six goals and three assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in a victory over the Blues on Thursday.
Insight: Mrazek allowed a goal with under a minute to go that tied the game for the Blues, but Detroit was able to win in overtime. Mrazek is 7-3-1 with solid numbers backing up Jimmy Howard. If you need a goalie, you could do worse than Mrazek.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winning goal in overtime versus the Blues on Thursday.
Insight: Detroit blew a one-goal lead with under a minute left in regulation, but Datsyuk scored with under five seconds left in overtime to win. Datsyuk has 15 goals and 17 assists in 33 games this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left Saturday's game on a stretcher due to a groin injury according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Howard injured himself on a save attempt less than two minutes into the game. Howard entered the game with a 2.08 GAA and .921 save percentage and was named to the All-Star roster prior to Saturday's game.
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard faced a ton of shots and stopped most of them, but not enough to beat the Bruins.
Insight: Howard made 40 saves on 44 shots, which is good enough for the save percentage but doesn't help many owners as far as GAA goes. Howard and the Red Wings lost to the Bruins, 5-2. The last goal was an empty-netter.
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist in Saturday's victory over the Senators.
Insight: Zetterberg assisted Justin Abdelkader's scored with 15 seconds left in the first period and then scored on the power play in the third period to tie the game. Gustav Nyquist then won it in overtime. Zetterberg has eight goals and 24 assists in 36 games this season.
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm scored twice on Thursday against the Stars.
Insight: Helm scored the first goal of the game about four minutes into the first period. He added an insurance goal at the 13:07 mark of the third period. Helm has four goals and nine assists this season.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored a goal in Detroit's comeback victory in New Jersey on Friday.
Insight: Abdelkader scored on the power play about half way through the second period to make the Devils' lead, 4-3. Detroit added another goal in the third period and won in a shootout. Abdelkader has seven goals and eight assists this season.
Description: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard allowed just two goals in limited action on Friday against the Devils.
Insight: The start earned Howard the victory and helped the goals against average, but since he faced just 17 shots, Howard's save percentage in the game was just .882. The Detroit goaltender is 6-2-3 in 11 starts this season.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk injured his groin on Friday morning and will not play against the Devils Friday night.
Insight: Datsyuk suffered the injury in the morning skate. The Red Wings center has been great with 10 points in eight games, but the problem is he has only played in eight games due to injury. Datsyuk is day-to-day.
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar scored with under eight seconds left to tie the game, 3-3, and send it into overtime against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Insight: Tatar had a shot that went wide a few seconds before his game-tying goal. On his second chance, he didn't miss a wide open net. Detroit, however, allowed a power play goal and lost in overtime.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk recorded three points in Friday's win over the Kings.
Insight: Datsyuk had two goals and one assist, and after a slow start to the season, he now has seven points in the last four games. He also chipped in seven shots on goal and was +1 on the night. Owners need to enjoy Datsyuk's hot streak.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win.
Insight: It was only his second goal and fifth points of the season. Datsyuk was also +2 on the night, making him even on the season, and owners are hoping that Wednesday's performance gets him rolling.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk notched his first goal of the season, in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: He tied the score at 2-2 in the third period, but Detroit went onto lose 4-2. Datsyuk has been off to a slow start, as he has only three total points, but owners should expect a breakout shortly.
Description: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
Insight: Kronwall scored with five minutes left in the first period to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one. The Penguins led, 3-1, until Henrik Zetterberg scored a nice goal in the slot to make it 3-2. With the net empty, Pavel Datsyuk dangled the puck in front of the Penguins net and passed it back to the blue line. Kronwall scored on a slap shot. Detroit won, 4-3, in overtime.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but here we are five games into the season and Datsyuk is set to make his season debut. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Description: Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson earned a shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Insight: Detroit and Toronto played a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard earned the victory on Friday and had the day off on Saturday. The victory was Gustavsson's first of the season.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader is again on the top line for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Abdelkader has had a nice start to the season with two goals and two assists in four games. With the injury to Johan Franzen, Abdelkader will play next to Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist on Saturday.
Description: Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Franzen is out due to a thigh injury he suffered Friday night. Stephen Weiss takes his roster spot and will play left wing on the third line. Justin Abdelkader has moved up to the top line for Saturday's game.
Description: Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist continued his strong start to the season Friday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist, to go along with a +2 rating and three shots on goal. Nyquist is playing on detroit's top line, and looks destined for a monster season.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will continue to skate on the team's top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.
Insight: Abdelkader scored a goal off a deflection in Thursday night's victory over the Bruins. He is available in most leagues and fantasy owners can start him with confidence as long as he is playing with the top line.
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a separated shoulder according to MLive.com.
Insight: We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but after just one preseason game, he is already hurt. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Description: Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year.
Insight: Like a lot of Red Wings, Franzen missed some time last season. After playing in only 54 games and registering 41 points, he is currently being valued in the 13th round of drafts. If Franzen can stay healthy, getting him that late will be a steal.
Description: Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist could be line for a breakout year in 2014-15.
Insight: In only 57 games, he registered 28 goals and 20 assists, a year ago. Nyquist is going at the end of the ninth round in fantasy drafts, and owners who take a shot on him could see tremendous payoff.
Description: Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will begin the season on the top line.
Insight: After finishing last season with 28 points, the fact that Abdelkader will be playing next to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, makes it seem that number will increase this season. Consider him a deep sleeper.
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will look to stay healthy heading into 2014-15.
Insight: He played in only 45 games a season ago, yet still produced at a high rate (16 goals and 32 assists). If Zetterberg is able to stay on the ice, he will be a steal, as he is currently going in the middle of the fifth round.
Description: Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years.
Insight: Cleary has the ability to be a 20-20 guy if he can stay on the ice. It's encouraging that he was reported to be playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen for the first practice, but nothing is guaranteed.
Description: Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.
Insight: He was injured on Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game.The 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft was expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp, but that has been put on hold for the time being.