Kronwall (lower-body) will return to the Red Wings lineup on Thursday.
Kronwall was a late scratch on Tuesday, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Sharks. With Kronwall back in, Jakub Kindl will be a scratch. Kronwall has three goals and nine assists (12 points) in his last 20 games.
Datsyuk will miss his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. He was on the ice for the morning skate, but did not take part in line rushes. Monitor his status heading into the first game of their back-to-back on Saturday.
Howard gave up five goals on 22 shots in the Red Wings 5-4 OT loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. After two great outings, Tuesday was rough, but Mike Babcock will not hesitate to go back to Howie vs. the Sharks. San Jose has lost four of their last five, making Howard a decent option despite the fact he is 3-4-1 with a 3.15 GAA and .895 SV% in March.
Datsyuk (lower-body) is "close"; could be back on Thursday.
Datsyuk has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury but it looks like he has a chance to return tomorrow vs. the Sharks. The Red Wings have gone 1-2-1 in the four games that Datsyuk has missed.
Kronwall was a late scratch for Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes. There was no indication that Kronwall was battling any sort of injury, but he was held out because of a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Jakub Kindl and is considered day-to-day.
Datsyuk (lower-body) returned to practice on Monday.
Datsyuk has missed the last three games, but he return to practice on Monday. Despite being back with the team, he did not take part in line rushes which suggests that he won’t be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Monitor his status leading up to tomorrow’s game.
Howard stopped 23 of 24 shot attempts in the Red Wings 2-1 OT win over the Blues on Sunday. He has allowed three goals on 55 shots (.946 SV%) in his last two starts. Howie has gone 14-6-6 with a 2.18 GAA and .918 SV% in 27 starts at Joe Louis Arena this season. He has an excellent matchup against a Coyotes who have lost eight straight games.
Datsyuk will miss his third consecutive game and remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. The Red Wings are struggling right now and could certainly use Datsyuk back in the lineup as soon as possible. Their next game is Tuesday vs. the Coyotes.
Howard allowed two goals on 31 shots in the Red Wings 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Friday. He has been skating on thin ice with Petr Mrazek playing well lately. Howie comes into play with a 2-4-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .900 SV% in the month of March.
Datsyuk (lower-body) will miss the next two games.
Datsyuk has missed practice for the last two days and will not play on Thursday or Friday. Coach Mike Babcock said he wasn’t sure whether or not Datsyuk would be available on Sunday. His absence likely means an increased role for Riley Sheahan.
Howard allowed seven goals on 36 shots in the Red Wings 7-2 loss to the Flyers last Saturday. Petr Mrazek has started the last two games, including yesterday’s loss, so it will be Howie tonight in Tampa Bay. Howard has gone 2-3-0 with a 3.45 GAA and .894 SV% in March.