Mrazek allowed three goals on 31 shots in the Red Wings 4-2 win over the Jets last Thursday. Jimmy Howard started the last three, but Mrazek will get back in tonight in New Jersey which leaves Howie for Sunday vs. Vancouver. He makes for a nice spot-start against the Devils who’s offence ranks 25th in the NHL.
Datsyuk (groin) will be back in the Red Wings lineup on Wednesday.
Datsyuk has missed the last four games with a sore groin, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Flyers. He has missed a lot of time with injuries, this season, but when he has been in the lineup he has registered 11 points (5G / 6A) in 10 games. He will skate with Darren Helm and Stepheg Weiss.
Howard gave up three goals on 26 shots in the Red Wings 4-3 win over the Senators on Monday. He has won six of his last 11 starts with a 2.17 GAA and .915 SV% over the the last month. He has been as steady as any goaltender through the first quarter of the year and is a strong start on Wednesday vs. a Flyers team who have lost five of their last six.
Datsyuk (groin) appears to be on track to return on Wednesday.
Datsyuk skated on the Red Wings’ third line with Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss at Tuesday’s practice, which is a good sign that he will replace Tomas Jurco in the Red Wings lineup tomorrow. A final decision on Datsyuk won't be made until after Wednesday's morning skate.
Kindl served as a healthy scratch in the Red Wings’ last four games, but will draw back into the lineup tonight vs. the Senators. He will be paired with Xavier Ouellet and man the point on the second power-play unit tonight. He has four points (2G / 2A) in 16 games this season.
Tonight will be Weiss’ second game of the season and just the 28th game that he has played in the last two seasons with Detroit. He had a successful conditioning stint and the Wings’ are hoping he will be able to stay healthy for an extended period of time. The former four-time 20-plus goal scorer will play on the third line with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco as well as on the second power-play.
Howard surrounded three goals on 27 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The Wings’ hung Howie out to dry on a couple of breakaways, but it was an otherwise strong night for the 30-year-old net minder. He is 3-3-2 with a 2.10 GAA and .915 SV% in November.
The Red Wings have recalled Stephen Weiss from Grand Rapids (AHL).
Weiss’ second conditioning stint went much better than his first. He registered a goal in each game while with Grand Rapids. His recall on Sunday means he could be back in the Red Wings lineup as soon as Monday.
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.