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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.