Howard made 25 saves in the Red Wings 4-2 win over Washington on Wednesday. He improved to 4-1-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .928 SV% on the season with Wednesday's W. It has been an impressive start for the 30-year-old netminder, who will look to keep things rolling tonight vs. the Kings. L.A has lost two in a row while being outscored 6-2.
The Red Wings have placed Stephen Weiss (groin) on injured reserve.
Weiss pulled his groin in his first game with Grand Rapids and he has been placed on injured reserve to make room for Johan Franzen to be activated. Weiss can not stay healthy and should not be on your fantasy radar.
Weiss pulled his groin in his first game with Grand Rapids (AHL).
Weiss' conditioning stint did not last very long… He will head back to Detroit and likely be placed on injured reserve to make room for Johan Franzen who is set to be back this weekend. Weiss can not stay healthy and should be considered in any fantasy format until he can play in consecutive games.
Franzen will miss his fifth straight game on Wednesday and he is hopeful that he will be back by Sunday, but did not rule out his potential return on Friday vs. Los Angeles. Franzen has two goals and three assists in four games and will provide a boost to the Red Wings top-6, but it will likely spell the end of Andrej Nestrasil's run with the Red Wings.
The Red Wings have assigned Stephen Weiss to Grand Rapids (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
Weiss has been a healthy scratch in all but one of the Red Wings first eight games. The 31-year-old played just 8:03 and failed to record a point or shot. He has been a huge disappointment for Detroit since signing a big deal two summers ago. He will head to Grand Rapids where he will try to get back up to speed and hopefully crack the Wings' lineup when he returns.
Franzen (groin) might not be ready for the weekend.
Franzen tried to skate at 100 percent this mooring but said "it didn't feel great" after practice. He aded that he is not optimistic he will be back by the weekend, but continue to monitor this wingers status as the week progresses.
Howard surrendered three goals on 26 shots in the Red Wings comeback OT win over the Penguins last Thursday. Jonas Gustavsson got the call on Saturday, so it is back to Howard on Wednesday. He is 3-1-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .929 SV% in six starts this season, so get him in your lineups.
Franzen is on the ice for the Red Wings' practice, but he is skating as an extra which means he will not be in the lineup for a fifth straight game. With Franzen out, Andrej Nestrasil is still with the team.
Gustavsson stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win over the Maple Leafs last Saturday. He gets the call tonight in Philadelphia, an arena the Red Wings have not won in since game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. However, Detroit is playing good hockey right now so he makes for a nice spot-start option.
Howard allowed two goals on 36 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday. Howie looked unbeatable through 56 minutes, but Alex Galchyuk tied it up with 3:09 left. He is 2-1-2 with a 1.77 GAA and .937 SV% in his first five starts, but draws a tough matchup tonight vs. the Penguins.
Datsyuk (shoulder) will make his season debut on Tuesday.
All signs were pointing to Datsyuk playing tonight on Monday, but head coach Mike Babcock just confirmed that he will be in. Datsyuk's return is a huge boost to the Red Wings offence, which is currently ranked 26th (2.20 G/PG) and power-play which is 24th, clicking at just 9.5%. Get Datsyuk in all of your lineups.
Sheahan has been bumped up to the Red Wings' top power-play unit.
Sheahan had been playing on the Red Wings second power-play unit, but he will switch spots with Darren Helm as the net-front presence on the Wings top-unit. Sheahan has just one assist through five games, but this move should help him pick up some power-play points in the short-term.
After missing Saturday's game, Howard will return to the Wings' cage on Tuesday vs. Montreal. He allowed a single goal on 24 shots in a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs in his last start. Howie has started the season 2-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 SV%---he was 1-1-0 against the Canadiens last year.
Franzen missed Saturday's game with leg spasms and will miss at least two more games, but should be eligible to return on Saturday vs. the Flyers. His movement to IR allows the Red Wings to activate Pavel Datsyuk from IR without sending anyone down.