Howard stopped 39 of 40 shots that he faced in the Red Wings 2-1 overtime win over the Rangers on Wednesday. After a couple of rough outings, Howie has stopped 59 of 62 shots (.952 SV%) to earn back-to-back wins. He will look to make it three in a row and earn his 20th win of the season tonight vs. the Flames. Howard has gone 12-4-6 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 SV% at home this season.
Zetterberg (head) has officially been cleared to return to the Red Wings lineup.
Zetterberg was expected to be in the lineup tonight, but had to be medically cleared. Now that he is officially cleared, Zetterberg will return after missing the last four games. He will skate with Justin Abdelkader and Erik Cole.
Cole will make his Detroit debut on a line with Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg. Cole comes in having scored three goals and three assists in his last six games. He brings some physicality along with some scoring touch.
Zetterberg (head) is expected to be back in the Red Wings lineup on Wednesday.
Zetterberg has missed the last four games with a head injury, but it looks like he will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. He need to be cleared by doctors this afternoon, buts far, all signs point towards him playing. Zetterberg will centre Justin Abdelkader and newcomer Erik Cole, if he plays. Z has 15 goals and 34 assists (49 points) in 57 games this season.
Howard allowed two goals on 22 shots in the in the Red Wings 3-2 win over the Sharks last Thursday. He missed a lot of time in February, but went 2-1-2 with a 2.81 GAA and .902 SV% in the six starts he was able to make. Tonight he takes on the Rangers at Joe Louis Arena, where he is 11-4-6 with a 2.16 GAA and .916 SV% this season.
The Red Wings have reassigned Teemu Pulkkinen to Grand Rapids (AHL).
With Henrik Zetterberg set to return on Wednesday and the addition of Erik Cole on Sunday, the Red Wings have sent Pulkkinen back to the minors. He was leading the AHL in scoring when he was recalled, but returns one point back of Brian O’Neill, despite playing seven less games.
Marchenko has an oblique strain; will miss about one week.
Marchenko is expected to miss at least the next seven days or three games with an oblique strain, which GM Ken Holland doesn’t believe is serious. Marchenko has one goal and one assist in 12 games and the Red Wings have been very impressed with the 23-year-old blue liner. He is expected to be replaced by Marek Zidlicky, who was acquired today.
Helm has an oblique strain; will miss about one week.
Helm is expected to miss at least the next three games with an oblique strain. However, Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Helm’s injury is not serious. He will be replaced by the recently acquired Erik Cole.
Zetterberg (head) practiced on Monday; expected to play Wednesday.
Zetterberg was at practice this afternoon, and is hopeful that he will be back on Wednesday after missing that last four games with a head injury. Monitor his status leading up to their matchup with the Rangers at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings have acquired Marek Zidlicky from the Devils for a conditional 2016 3rd round pick.
Zidlicky, 38, is a veteran right handed defenseman that the Red Wings have been searching for. He should slot in on the Red Wings second pair and will definitely see big minutes on the power-play. He has a great one-timer and should help the Red Wings PP that already ranks first in the NHL.
The Red Wings have traded Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark and a 2015 2nd round pick to the Stars for Erik Cole and a conditional 3rd round pick.
The Red Wings were searching for a big body forward and they found that in pending unrestricted free agent Erik Cole. Cole has 18 goals and 15 assists (33 points) in 57 games with Dallas this season. The 36-year-old also led the Stars in hits with 116, so he brings a much needed physical brand of hockey to Detroit.
The oft-injured Helm has played in all 61 games this season, but it looks like he is going to be out for “a bit of time” according to the Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. He will have an MRI tomorrow to determine the nature and severity of the upper-body injury.