Gustavsson appears to be getting the start tonight vs. Florida.
Gustavsson only saw 11 shots - stopping 10 of them in a 3-1 win over the Devils on Friday night. Yeah, you read that right… 11 shots on goal in 60-minutes. It is safe to say that Gustavsson should not be fatigued tonight and is in-line to be a great spot-start option again with the Red Wings welcoming the Panthers to town.
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will return to the lineup Tuesday in Florida, general manager Ken Holland said.
Datsyuk will have missed seven games due to a concussion suffered November 23 on an elbow to the chin from Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen. Datsyuk has skated a few times this week and said on Wednesday that he is symptom-free. He just needed a few good practices to get his conditioning back. Barring something unforeseen, Saturday’s home game against Florida will the final game he sits out. Datsyuk has a team-leading 12 goals, along with 11 assists, in 24 games.
Helm's MRI revealed fluid on his shoulder and he will miss both Friday and Saturday's games.
Helm joins Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg as Red WIngs forwards on the shelf. Helm had been on fire scoring six goals and three assists in his last 10 games. Stephen Weiss will shift to centre between Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Alfredsson with Helm out. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Gustavsson allowed two goals on 32 shots in a win over the Senators on Sunday. It was his fourth consecutive win and seventh of the season. He is still yet to lose in regulation as he sits at 7-0-1 with a 2.15 GAA and .929 SV%. With Jimmy Howard struggling, Gustavsson goes vs. a low-scoring Devils team.
Helm will not play on Friday because of a shoulder injury.
Helm will have an MRI on his shoulder where the nature severity of his injury is known. If the shoulder injury is serious it would be a terrible blow to the Red Wings and Helm. He has battled injuries throughout the last two seasons. Todd Bertuzzi will enter the lineup with Helm out, a full report should be revealed later today or tomorrow.
Datsyuk said he is symptom-free now and just needs a few practices to get into game shape.
This is great news for the Red Wings and Datsyuk owners. He will not play tonight and I suspect he won't play on Friday either, but maybe Saturday back at home vs. Florida. Monitor his status throughout the week and into the weekend.
DeKeyser (shoulder) took part in the Red Wings optional skate this morning.
DeKeyser is on long-term injured reserve and is eligible to return between December 12-14, but he is not sure if he will be ready by then. He is aiming for a mid-to-late December return - especially with the Winter Classic on January 1. Before being injured he was averaging 25:04 TOI in his last five games and had two goals and nine points in 22 games.
With Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg both out, Weiss will shift from the 4th line centre to the 1st line RW. He will skate with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist and start on the wing. The Red Wings offseason signing has be a huge disappointment so far posting just two goals and one assist with a minus-4 rating in 22 games. He gets a shot with two talented players tonight, so maybe this is the opportunity he needs to get his season turned around.
Datsyuk (head) is on the ice for the Red Wings optional morning skate.
This is a good sign for the Red Wings and Datsyuk owners, he missed the morning skate yesterday and has been ruled out for tonight's game. Wings GM Ken Holland said that he needs a good week of practice before he can return to the lineup, so if Datsyuk can continue to practice he should be back by next week. It seems highly unlikely that he will play this weekend, but monitor his status regardless.
Howard stopped all 29 shots he faced in a shutout win over the Islanders on Saturday. It was a great effort for a netminder who had lost his previous seven starts. The Red Wings are really going to rely on Howard over the next few games at least, as they will be without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. He has a solid matchup against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Bertuzzi (shoulder) is still not ready to return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Bertuzzi skated with his teammates today, but will not play tomorrow vs. Philadelphia. It will be the sixth straight game that Bert will have missed. With Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk also out, the Red Wings have recalled Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings said yesterday that Datsyuk will need a good week of practice before he can return to the lineup. Not practicing today is not a good sign that he will be back this week. The Red Wings announced today that they will be without Henrik Zetterberg for at least two weeks, so the return of Datsyuk is vital to the Wings' offence.
Zetterberg out minimum 2 weeks with small herniated disc per Ken Holland.
This is a huge hit to the Red Wings who are already without Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg had a tremendous start to the season, posting 11 goals, 19 assists (30 points) and a plus-12 rating in 28 games. The Red Wings will need their young talent to step up in the absence of their two best forwards.