Datsyuk (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game vs. the Maple Leafs.
Datsyuk had been working his way towards a return tonight vs. Toronto, but it did not come to fruition. The Maple Leafs have caught a break, this is their third time facing Detroit and Datsyuk has yet to suit up in any of those games. Monitor his status prior to Monday’s home game vs. Ottawa.
Howard stopped all 28 shots that he faced in the Red Wings 5-0 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. He was given Thursday night off, so he should be fresh for the Wings’ third meeting with the Maple Leafs. They have won the previous two, but Howie only started one—stopping 23 of 24 in a 4-1 win.
The Red Wings have sent Stephen Weiss to Grand Rapids (AHL) on a conditioning stint.
Weiss was sent on a conditioning stint in late October and he pulled his groin in the first game. The Red Wings lost prospect Andrej Nestrasil on waivers in order to activate Weiss to send him on this conditioning stint, so the Wings are certainly hoping he can get through this one at 100 percent.
Datsyuk (groin) skated after Wings’ practice; hoping to be ready for Saturday.
Datsyuk will not play tonight vs. Jets, but went out for a skate after the Red Wings’ morning skate and is trying to work towards a return to the lineup on Saturday vs. Toronto. Monitor his status over the next few days.
Ouellet was recalled on Wednesday after the Red Wings placed Brendan Smith on IR. Ouellet will be paired with Brian Lashoff tonight, in what will be his season debut. He has no points in four career NHL games, but had five points (1G / 4A) in 13 games with GR before his recall.
Datsyuk is not on the ice for the Red Wings morning skate so it looks like he will not play for the second straight game. He continues to battle a groin injury and will now target Saturday vs. Toronto for a return.
The Red Wings have placed Brendan Smith (hand) on the seven-day IR.
Smith has an infection in his hand following a fight with Nick Foligno on Tuesday night. He had already been ruled out of Thursday's game, but it seemed possible that he would be able to join the team in Toronto. Now that he has been placed on IR he won't be eligible to play until next Wednesday vs. the Flyers.
The Red Wings have recalled Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids (AHL).
The Red Wings placed Brendan Smith (hand) on the seven-day IR so Ouellet has been recalled to serve as the Red Wings seventh defenseman. Ouellet had a great training camp and nearly made the Red Wings. He has recorded one goal and four assists in 13 games with Grand Rapids this season and could see action in the next week while Smith is sidelined.
Smith suffered a hand infection on Tuesday, will not play on Thursday.
Smith suffered the infection in a fight with Nick Foligno and he will not travel to Winnipeg. Smith could meet the team in Toronto for Saturday’s game, but Jakub Kindl will get into the lineup on Thursday.
Mrazek will start his first game of the season on Thursday.
Mrazek will make his season debut tonight after posting a 3-2-0 record with a 3.25 GAA and .876 SV% in six games with Grand Rapids. He is a career 3-5-0 with a 1.80 GAA and .926 SV% in the NHL. He is a young up-and-coming goaltender who had a great preseason, who could make for a nice spot-start tonight vs. the Jets.
Datsyuk will miss his third of the last five games with a groin injury. He returned for the Red Wings weekend games, but must have tweaked it once again. Daniel Cleary will slide into the lineup with Datsyuk out.
Datsyuk (groin) is not on the ice for the Red Wings morning skate.
Datsyuk was listed as questionable on Monday so his absence this morning suggests that Datsyuk will not play tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. He played in the last two games, but this nagging groin injury is clearly not healed yet. Expect Dan Cleary to enter the lineup.