Richards (personal) will not play on Friday; expected to be back in time for Saturday.
Richards went back home for his grandfather’s funeral, so he will not play on Friday in Buffalo. However, Richards is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Ducks. With Richards out, Joakim Andersson is expected to play.
Richards has been out since October 21st with a back injury, but appears to be in line to play on Friday. Richards, who had two assists in his first six games with the Red Wings, skated on the second line with Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Pulkkinen, whites a nice fantasy setup for the veteran.
Richards is dealing with pain in his lower-body, but it is not expected to be serious. He is going to meet with a specialist this week to make sure, but as of now the Red Wings are optimistic that he won’t miss an extended period of time.
Richards has been sent back to Detroit to get tests on his back and he will miss the remaining two games of the road trip. Richards is dealing with a back injury and his status should be updated in the next 48 hours. Dylan Larkin will move to centre with Richards out and Joakim Andersson will draw into the lineup.
Richards skated this morning and is “close to returning” but he will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Richards is considered day-to-day and could be back on Saturday in Colorado.
The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Richards was bought out by the Rangers after he scored 20 goals with 31 assists (51 points) in 82 regular season games. Richards has 12 points (5G / 7A) in 25 postseason games and he heads to a Chicago team with a ton of talent. He will likely centre the second line which will have playing with Patrick Kane. Should that be the case, his fantasy value should rise and another 50-plus point season seems very attainable.