Helm will be out at least another week with concussion-like symptoms.
Helm said he hit his head on the ice in Ottawa last Thursday and left Tuesday's game early with headaches. Helm will miss at least the next three games, the Red Wings are hoping that he is not sidelined for longer.
Kindl has missed the last seven games with a sore knee, but will replace Brian Lashoff on the Red Wings blue line tonight vs. the Devils. Kindl has registered one goal and 10 assists with a minus-11 rating in 50 games this season.
Gustavsson starts the second game of the back-to-back for Detroit.
Gustavsson stopped 37 of 38 shots in a win over the Senators last Thursday. The Red Wings are coming off of a disappointing OT loss to the Avs last night, so Gustavsson will look to right the ship tonight vs. the Devils. The Wings blew a third period lead against New Jersey on Tuesday, they will look to finish things out with two points tonight with 'The Monster' between the pipes.
The Red Wings have recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids (AHL).
Pulkkinen was selected in the fourth-round (111th overall) in 2010. He is in his first full season with Grand Rapids after playing with Jokerit Helsinki of the SM-liiga from 2008-13. In 58 games this season Pulkkinen has recorded 24 goals and 25 assists (49 points) in 58 games. As of right now it would seem he is doubtful to make his NHL debut tonight, but with the youth movement going on in Detroit because of injuries, don't be surprised to see him in the boxscore soon.
Howard surrendered four goals on 29 shots in a 4-3 come-from-behind loss to the Devils on Tuesday. It was a tough loss that bounced the Red Wings from the final playoff spot in the East. Howie gets the nod on Nicklas Lidstrom night in Detroit vs. Colorado. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .898 SV% since the Olympics.
The Predators have traded David Legwand to the Red Wings for Patrick Eaves, Jarnkrok and a third-round pick.
The Red Wings severly needed help at centre with the injuries to Datsyuk, Helm and Weiss. Legwand is from Detroit and played his minor hockey in nearby Plymouth. He has spent his entire career with the Predators and has been a solid scorer. This season he has 10 goals and 30 assists (40 points) in 62 games. Legwand has averaged 51 points over 82 games in the last four seasons and will help the Red Wings now and when they are healthy, he is an even better addition.
Helm is battling headaches and will be shutdown for a few days.
Helm was injured in Tuesday's loss to the Devils and will not play Thursday or Friday. Thankfully for Detroit they were able to acquire David Legwand at the deadline who will step-in and fill-in at centre.
The Red Wings are shutting down Datsyuk (knee) for about three weeks.
This is terrible news for the Red Wings who will already be without Henrik Zetterberg for the remainder of the regular season. Datsyuk will miss between 10-12 of the Red Wings remaining 21 games. Datsyuk does not need surgery, but they will shut him down from three weeks and see where he is at after that.
Helm left Tuesday's game after playing just 10:22 and did not return. Helm has struggled to stay healthy during his career, so add this to the list of time missed. The Wings have recalled Cory Emmerton to replace Helm.
Datsyuk (knee) will not play Thursday and likely won't play Friday either.
Datsyuk was not available for Tuesday's contest and will miss his second straight game with a lingering knee injury. The Red Wings sit one point out of the playoffs and could certainly use Datsyuk back in their lineup as soon as possible. He has not officially been ruled out for Friday's game, so monitor his status prior to their clash with the Devils.
Howard allowed one goal on 20 shots in a 2-1 OT win over the Canadiens last Wednesday. The Red Wings continue to deal with a ton of injuries and will need Howie to be exceptional for them down the stretch. He draws a strong matchup tonight, but the Wings will be without Datsyuk and Zetterberg among others.