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.
Datsyuk (shoulder) likely in the lineup for the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Datsyuk skated on the Red Wings top line and top power-play unit in practice on Monday. Following the practice, Datsyuk was noncommittal about playing tomorrow and said a decision will be made after the morning skate. However, Johan Franzen was placed on injured reserve, which opens up a roster spot for Datsyuk, so look for him to play.
Howard (groin) says he is good to start on Tuesday.
After sitting out Saturday's game to nurse a groin injury, it looks like Howard will start on Tuesday vs. the Habs, but the Red Wings have not confirmed that yet. This is good news for the Red Wings and Howard owners because he is off to a great start to the season.
Datsyuk (shoulder) is skating on the Red Wings' top-line in practice.
Datsyuk is skating in a regular jersey for the first time since suffering a second-grade shoulder separation in the preseason opener. He reportedly looks great and is practicing hard this morning. All of that, plus skating with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader are all good signs he might be ready to go tomorrow vs. Montreal.
Franzen missed Saturday's win over the Maple Leafs with leg spasms and he is not on the ice this morning, which suggests that he will likely miss Tuesday's clash with the Habs as well. With Franzen sidelined, Justin Abdelkader will remain on the Red Wings' top line with Stephen Weiss skating on the third line (unless Pavel Datsyuk returns).
Howard (groin) is on the ice for the Red Wings' practice on Monday.
Howard was placed on 48-hour goalie IR which allowed the team to recall Petr Mrazek to backup Jonas Gustavsson on Saturday night. Mrazek was reassigned to Grand Rapids this morning and Howie is practicing, so it looks like he is good to go and could start on Tuesday vs. Montreal. Howard is 2-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 SV% in four starts.
The Red Wings have reassigned Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids (AHL).
Mrazek was recalled to serve as the backup to Jonas Gustavsson on Saturday because Jimmy Howard was dealing with a minor groin injury. Returning Mrazek to Grand Rapids is a good sign that Howard is fine and will be available for Tuesday's matchup with the Habs.
Weiss was a healthy scratch for the first five games, but he will get into the lineup tonight vs. the Maple Leafs because Johan Franzen is out with a knee injury. Weiss had a terrible debut season in Detroit in 2013-14, he had just four points (2G / 2A) in 26 games. He will look to earn himself a permanent roster spot with a good performance tonight.