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Very cool: the NHL named its “Three Stars of the Week” a few minutes ago, and Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was named the #2 star behind Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who’s salvaging the Sabres’ pride, and ahead of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery, who’s salvaging the Blackhawks’ playoff hopes:
The Detroit Red Wings don’t have to worry as much about the playoffs, and part of that credit goes to defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who stepped up in the absence of fellow blueliners Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson to put up 2 goals and 5 assists in three games last week to earn Second Star of the Week.
On Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he scored the game-tying goal in the second period and set up Henrik Zetterberg’s go-ahead goal in a 5-2 victory. Then he set up three of the Wings’ first four goals in a 6-0 defeat of the Minnesota Wild on Friday. He capped his week with the Wings’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Many thanks to Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy for the heads-up.
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Detroit Red Wings have officially used all four of their post-trade deadline call-ups as Doug Janik, Jordan Pearce and Chris Conner have been recalled to replace three banged-up Red Wings players—and here’s hoping that Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”), Jimmy Howard (“lower-body”/groin), Todd Bertuzz (groin) and the player that wasn’t replaced in the lineup, Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), are all healthy by Friday and Saturday’s back-to-back games against Los Angeles and Nashville:
The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Doug Janik, forward Chris Conner and goaltender Jordan Pearce from the Grand Rapids Griffins. All three will be dressed for Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Janik will replace Jakub Kindl, who suffered an upper-body injury a few minutes into Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago. Conner likely will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who has been bothered by a sore groin. Peace will dress as Joey MacDonald’s backup because Jimmy Howard is out with a lower-body injury (day-to-day).
Nicklas Lidstrom will have his right ankle (deep done bruise) re-evaluated today, but he will miss his fourth game in a row on Tuesday.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms..
I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Red Wings reassigned Chris Conner to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening, and they didn’t call anyone up after losing Jakub Kindl (“upper-body”) early in the 1st period and Jimmy Howard (“lower-body,” probably his groin) after the 1st period ended to what were probably precautionary measures during the course of the Red Wings’ hard-fought but sloppy 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, and on top of that, Pavel Datsyuk skated on his own for the first time since undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago today before Sunday’s game.
In the grasping at straws department, Brendan Smith did just fine while engaging in a fight with a much feistier Andrew Shaw, too:
The Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was summarized best by Brendan Smith’s decision to indulge Andrew Shaw’s decision to fight him with 3:28 left in the 2nd period:
With the Wings already down a defenseman thanks to Jakub Kindl’s “upper-body” injury and down their starting goaltender thanks to a “lower-body” injury which sounds like a minor groin injury that flared up on Jimmy Howard, Smith allowed his youth and enthusiasm to get the better of him, and exactly one minute and 59 seconds later, the Wings surrendered the game-winner to Patrick Kane thanks to a series of self-inflicted mistakes by several wings players during a scrum along the right-wing half boards and a terrible giveaway by Brad Stuart (and a case of missing one’s check by Henrik Zetterberg, who let Kane sneak in and jab the puck past a wrong-way-leaning MacDonald).
Updated 5x with video of Mike Babcock and Jimmy Howard’s comments from the Wings’ website at 7:25 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have lost Jakub Kindl to an, “Upper-body injury” during the 1st period of their game against Chicago, and at the start of the 2nd period, Joey MacDonald is starting as Jimmy Howard was pulled out of the game due to something injury-related…
I’ll update this post with any pertinent news.
Update: Howard is back on the bench and the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Ken Hollland’s deemed Howard “day to day” with…Something…
Update #2: Per St. James, sounds like a groin injury:
Per Holland: Howard sitting not related to broken index finger
Holland tells Free Press: Howard is day-to-day, lower body injury
Update #2: According to FSD’s Trevor Thompson, Bertuzzi will play today, and FSD’s Dana Wakiji is confirming.
Update: Per the Detroit News’s David Guralnick, good news:
Pavel Datsyuk skated around by himself for about 15 minutes earlier today.
As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon (4 PM EST, FSD with Justin Abdelkader “mic’ed up” for the game/WGN/NHL Network U.S.—i.e. Center Ice/GameCenter Live are gonna be blacked out/97.1 the Ticket), we have a spartan but no less important slate of pre-game updates. Neither team took a morning skate due to the mid-afternoon start, but MLive’s Ansar Khan clarified Todd Bertuzzi’s situation (groin issues) as it applies to Chris Conner possibly replacing #44 if the Wings choose to sit him out for precautionary reasons…
@Wings_Power Bertuzzi will take pregame warmup and then decide if he can play. That was the last I heard.
• The Red Wings’ website both reminded us that the team’s “Wives and Girlfriends” will be holding a puck draw to benefit the family of Brad McCrimmon and posted a game-day preview in which Ken Kal speaks to Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart about today’s match-up…
The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon (4 PM EST, FSD with Justin Abdelkader mic’ed up/WGN/NHL Network U.S.[that’s right, Center Ice and/or GameCenter users, you’re screwed]/97.1 the Ticket) not particularly worried about the implications of this game save building upon their 2-game winning streak and Friday night’s win over Minnesota while surviving the possible absence of Todd Bertuzzi (groin; Chris Conner was called up on Saturday night) and hoping to avenge the 2-1 loss that cost Ty Conklin his job waaaaayyy back on February 21st…
All while continuing to jostle for Western Conference supremacy with the Blues, who won on Saturday and are tied with the Wings for the Central Division lead, and the Canucks, who sit a point ahead of the Wings (90 to 89) and play the Stars on Sunday.
Chris Conner didn’t play a part in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-3 shootout win over the the Okalahoma City Barons on Saturday night, but with Ken Holland in attendance, Conner did enough to receive quite the reward—Conner will head to Detroit to serve as an insurance policy should Todd Bertuzzi (groin) be unable to play on Sunday afternoon versus Chicago. This is no small feat given that the Wings want to see what Conner can do before the playoffs start…Or that Conner avoided a 5-hour, middle-of-the-night bus ride to Hamilton, Ontario to play the Bulldogs on Sunday. Here’s the Griffins’ release:
The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday recalled right wing Chris Conner from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Conner saw a five-game point streak end on Saturday night as the Griffins extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Oklahoma City Barons. The 28-year-old forward ranks fourth on the Griffins with 36 points (11-25—36) in 41 games.
A native of Livonia, Mich., Conner has also skated in seven games with the Red Wings, recording one goal, two assists and a plus-two rating. In 146 career NHL games with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit, he has tallied 43 points (17-26—43).
The New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein spoke to both Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi and Wings GM Ken Holland about the team’s decision to sign Bertuzzi to a two-year extension recently, and while Bertuzzi offered little more than a shrug when he was asked about his lasting legacy as an NHL player…
“I don’t know,” Bertuzzi said. “I’ll answer that in two more years.”
Holland was willing to speak about Bertuzzi’s growth as a player and person some eight years removed from his attack on Steve Moore and the civil suit which will go to trial next fall:
“Todd, from my recollection, from what I saw, is not that type of a player that happened in that incident,” Detroit General Manager Ken Holland said. “I think that we all deserve a second chance.”
Holland admits to Klein that the Wings’ management sat down and questions whether they were willing to take on a player with as much baggage as Bertuzzi possesses the first time they acquired him back in 2007, but that wasn’t the case when Bertuzzi re-signed in 2009. In Detroit, he’s just “Bert”:
Updated 6x with Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler line talk at 6:43 PM: Given the Red Wings’ already shorthanded status, given the, “Rut roh, Raggy” level of bad news of late (see the Brad Stuart stuff from earlier this morning) and given that the Wings still managed to defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-0 on Friday night, MLive’s Ansar Khan fired off a Twitter update which more or less forces one to wait and hope for better news once Khan and NHL.com’s Brian Hedger wandered into the post-practice media scrum at the Joe (both the Wings and Hawks practiced at City Sports Arena due to a Black Keys concert at the Joe tonight, but the Wings bus back to the Joe, usually in their gear, after said practice two miles east of the Joe)...
Bertuzzi and Cleary not skating today for Wings, in addition to Datsyuk and Lidstrom.
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