The Red Wings have reassigned Xavier Oullet to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Ouellet, 21, played well in four games during his recall. He failed to record a point, but had an even plus/minus rating while averaging over 18 minutes per game. He had to be sent down in order for the Red Wings to recall Thomas McCollum.
Howard left Friday’s game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
Howard stopped eight of nine shots before leaving Friday’s game with a lower-body injury; he did not return. Petr Mrazek finished the game and becomes the Red Wings starter for the time being. Thomas McCollum has been recalled to serve as Mrazek’s backup. Howie’s injury does not sound serious, so expect him back by the end of the Holliday break at the latest.
Franzen (flu) will play on Friday vs. the Islanders.
Franzen missed Tuesday’s game with the flu. He was tested for mumps and various other illnesses, but he was just dealing with a stomach flu. He will be reunited with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco on the third line.
Howard turned aside all 29 shots that he faced in Tuesday’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets. Despite the loss, Howie was credited with his second shutout of the season. Despite losing three in a row, Howard has been great as of late. He has posted a 2-1-3 record with a 1.78 GAA and .930 SV% in December.
Weiss (shoulder) might play on Sunday vs. the Avalanche.
Weiss will miss Friday’s game because he is not eligible to come off of IR, but he could be back on the Sunday against Colorado. If he returns on Sunday, he will have missed three games with the shoulder injury. Weiss recorded 10 points (4G / 6A) in 10 games prior to getting injured.
Franzen missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Blue Jackets, but is expected to play vs. the Isles on Friday. Monitor Franzen’s status leading up to Friday’s contest. Franzen has 19 points (6G / 13A) in 25 games this season.
Howard stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Red Wings shootout loss to the Panthers on Friday. Despite allowing just three goals in his last two start, he has lost each of them in a shootout. Howard is 13-5-6 with a 2.14 GAA and .918 SV% on the year. Tonight he will make his second start vs. the Blue Jackets; he posted a 28-save shutout in the first meeting.
After a two-game absence over the weekend, DeKeyser will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. DeKeyser will skate with Kyle Qunicey on the second pairing. He has one goal and 10 assists in 29 games this season.
Abdelkader (shoulder) will return to the Red Wings lineup.
Head coach Mike Babcock said on Monday that he expected to have Abdelkader back in the lineup tonight and he will return after missing the last seven games with a separated shoulder. Abdelkader will skate on the Red Wings’ top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. He has 15 points (7G / 8A) in 24 games this season.
The Red Wings have placed Stephen Weiss (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Weiss will miss his second straight game tonight. They have placed him on IR to make room for Xavier Ouellet to stay with the club. There is still no timetable for Weiss’ return, but his placement on IR means he will miss at least tonight’s game, but he is eligible to return on Thursday.