Weiss (shoulder) could return on Tuesday vs. Buffalo.
Weiss took part in Red Wings practice on Monday and said that he thinks he will play on Tuesday. Head coach Mike Babcock reiterated that he expects Weiss to return tomorrow, but will know for sure after the morning skate.
Howard (groin) unlikely to be available on Tuesday.
Howard skated on Monday, but left practice a bit early, which suggests that he won’t be ready for Tuesday’s game vs. the Sabres. With the easy matchup and three days off after, it would seem to make sense to give Petr Mrazek another start and give Howard a few more days to get to 100 percent.
Howard is day-to-day with a groin injury; possible for Tuesday.
Howard will miss Sunday’s game with a groin injury that he suffered on Friday vs. the Islanders. He could return to practice on Monday and start on Tuesday, but the more likely scenario is that the Red Wings let him rest in Saturday.
Mrazek stopped 22 of 23 shots after replacing the injured Jimmy Howard in the Red Wings 2-1 loss to the Islanders on Friday. With Howie sidelined, Mrazek becomes the starter for time-being and it starts tonight vs. the visiting Avalanche. The 22-year-old is 3-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .922 SV% and makes for a solid spot-start option for people in need of Sunday goalie numbers.
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.