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Red Wings Friday practice post in progress: Bertuzzi out, Andersson recalled, Howard starts Saturday

Updated 10x at 3:49 PM: Bertuzzi's out, the Wings have recalled Andersson, Howard starts on Saturday: I can't say that I think this is the brightest idea in the world, but even though the Red Wings have to follow up their big win in St. Louis with a pair of matinee games against Edmonton on Saturday and Los Angeles on Sunday (games 3 and 4 over the course of 6 nights), Wings coach Mike Babcock decided to put his team through a Friday practice, and there's a mixed bag of news on the injury front already:

MLive's Ansar Khan confirms...

As does the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Update #0.25: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms the news:

Update #0.5:

Details are available here....

Update #0.6:

The Oilers' Twitter account also announced that the team's lost Anton Lander to a broken foot, that ben Eager will play tomorrow, that Oilers coach Ralph Krueger may or may not start Nikolai Khabibulin against the Wings and that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is good to go after dealing with a shoulder issue.

Update #1: Crud. Per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Update #2: Sound the, "Oh, shit" alarm:

Update #2.25:

Update #2.5: They move in packs, methinks:

Update #3: From Helene St. James:

Update #4: St. James has already filed her practice report:

The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Todd Bertuzzi while he recovers from an ailing back. Bertuzzi could barely walk following Thursday's 5-1 win at St. Louis, and was excused from practice Friday to undergo an MRI.

Bertuzzi, who just turned 38, has had numerous issues with his back over the past decade.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the Wings will call up forward Joakim Andersson to offset the loss of Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi has two goals and one assist in seven games, and is a plus-three. He missed the first three games of the season because of a bad case of the flu. He's been a regular on the right wing of Pavel Datsyuk, and has been in the rotation on the second power play unit.

The Wings, who next play the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, have been hit hard by injuries just 10 games into the season. Forward Darren Helm has missed all but one game because of a sore back, and he isn't even slated to begin rehabilitation until Monday. Forward Mikael Samuelsson is recovering from a nagging groin injury that's sidelined him all but two games. Jan Mursak hasn't played since hurting his collarbone in the first game.

Defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo has been out since the second game with a shoulder injury, and isn't expected back before the middle of the month. Defenseman Brendan Smith is out for the month, also with a shoulder injury. No. 1 backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson hasn't played since the first game because of a pulled groin, and minor leaguer Joey MacDonald is only just recovered from a back issue.

There have been a couple of good stories to emerge from the pile-up in sick bay: Goalie Petr Mrazek looked comfortable in his NHL debut, making 26 saves Thursday against the Blues, and Tomas Tatar has been a shot in the arm on the third line, helping to get Daniel Cleary on the scoreboard after a 9-game drought.

Update #4.5: If you're interested, the ECHL patted itself on the back for Brian Lashoff and Petr Mrazek's successes, and Lambert of all people suggested that Jimmy Howard should be Team USA's Olympic back-up for 2014.

Update #4.75: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's practice update:

Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi won't play in Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena (2 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), due to a back issue, coach Mike Babcock said.

Babcock said the club was contemplating recalling a forward from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jimmy Howard will start in goal Saturday after getting a breather during Thursday's 5-1 win at St. Louis, when Petr Mrazek made his NHL debut.

Update #5: Not surprisingly, Wings coach Mike Babcock was predictably "uncertain" regarding a call-up while speaking to the press, as noted by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

A quick update from Wings’ practice, which was delayed an hour due to weather. Todd Bertuzzi didn’t practice and will miss Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers due to a back injury. Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t know if Daniel Cleary would move up to the second line with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula.

“I’m not 100 percent sure,” Babcock said after practice. “I haven’t talked to Ken (Holland). Whether we bring up a kid from Grand Rapids or if I can potentially bring someone up so I don’t know what I’m doing with the lineup.”

Cleary scored his first goal of the season Thursday in St. Louis.

“We had real good effort from our bottom six,” Babcock said “They all played well and really contributed. They played hard. It’s a good thing for us.”

Heading into the game the bottom six forwards had combined for one point, an assist on the power play by Patrick Eaves while he was on the ice with Henrik Zetterberg. In the Wings’ 5-1 win over the Blue, Cory Emmerton had a goal and an assist, Drew Miller had two assists, while Justin Abdelkader, Jordin Tootoo and Tomas Tatar each had one assist.

Detroit welcomes in Edmonton Saturday afternoon and Babcock is hoping for a little better effort than the last time the Wings played after beating the Blues.

“We left the game feeling good, but the last time we left the rink feeling good we weren’t so good,” Babcock said. “So it’s important we match last night’s effort. We’ve got a good team like the Oilers coming in so it should be lots of fun.”

Update #5.5: Huh. From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

To those wondering this morning, the Red Wings don’t expect any further discipline from the league in regard to Johan Franzen’s spearing incident last night. Late in the third period, Franzen speared Blues forward David Perron earning a major penalty and game misconduct.

Coach Mike Babcock said Franzen “over-reacted” on the play.

Update #6: Khan's added some quips to his report...

Jimmy Howard will start in goal Saturday after getting a breather during Thursday's 5-1 win at St. Louis, when Petr Mrazek made his NHL debut.

“It was good because I was able to work with Jimmy (goaltending coach Bedard),'' Howard said. "With this condensed schedule and the practice times not being as long, it was good just to be able to get out there and work with him again, and to refresh.''

Howard started the first nine games.

“You can always brush up on something,'' Howard said. "You always want to go back to your fundamentals, staying at the top of the crease and letting the puck hit you.''

The Wings and/or Bill Roose are confirming all this afternoon's news...

Khan just added the Andersson recall news to his report...

And, via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James added a second practice report...

Coach Mike Babcock said after Friday's practice that Howard will be back in net after getting his first game off in 10 at St. Louis. Petr Mrazek came in and did a solid job, but he was also fronted by a great effort from teammates, the kind it'll take to build a winning streak against the Oilers.

"Last time we had a good game, the next two weren't so good, so it's important we match last night's effort," Babcock said. "We've got a good weekend here - we've got a good, quick team in the Oilers coming in, should be lots of fun."

Cleary, who scored for the first time in 10 games in the win at St. Louis, practiced with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula, in place of Todd Bertuzzi, who is out indefinitely with a sore back. Babcock said he wasn't "100% sure" if that's the group that will go against the Oilers, but it's a likely situation. General manager Ken Holland said Joakim Andersson will be called up from Grand Rapids to be available for the game.

Howard will be backed up by Mrazek; at least he hopes so. After Friday's practice, Mrazek, seated at his locker next to Howard, turned to Howard and asked if the Oilers game started at 4.

"No," Howard said, laughing. "It starts at 2. If you show up at 4, it'll be over."

And she posted a video report as well:


Update #7: From Khan:

Update #8: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's filed his practice report:

Forward Todd Bertuzzi will miss Saturday's game with what Babcock said is a back issue. Bertuzzi didn't practice Friday.

"He's getting checked out," Babcock said. "He's not available for (Saturday)."

Bertuzzi was hit the corner Thursday night and appeared to fall awkwardly. He went straight to the locker room after getting off the ice, but quickly returned to the bench.

In Bertuzzi's absence, the Wings recalled center Joakim Andersson from Grand Rapids. Andersson, a native of Sweden, has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 36 games for the Griffins. Babcock could move Daniel Cleary up to the second line to replace Bertuzzi.


For those wondering about Mrazek's Peter Griffin-dominated mask, it's not because Mrazek is a big fan of TV's "Family Guy."

"I'm not a fan of the show but like the idea of my name is Petr and the Griffins is our team in Grand Rapids," said Mrazek, who was called up from the Griffins early this week and credited Griffins trainers who sugggested the idea to Mrazek.

Mrazek said he's had the mask for about three weeks and has received generally good response from fans, who probably are fans of the show.

"I've seen the commercials," Mrazek said. "I don't like the show."

Update #9: That was fast, via the Wings' Twitter account...

And in press release form:


... Gustavsson Placed on Injured Reserve …

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today announced that forward Joakim Andersson has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.  To make room on the 23-man roster, Detroit has placed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on injured reserve.  Gustavsson has appeared in one contest for the Wings this season, entering in relief of Jimmy Howard during Detroit’s season-opener at St. Louis (1/19) before suffering a groin injury.

Andersson, who turned 24 this past Tuesday (2/5), was Detroit’s third round selection (88th overall) in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The Munkedal, Sweden, native is in his third full season with the Griffins and has posted 10 goals along with 17 assists for 27 points and 55 PIM in 36 games in 2012-13.  The recall marks Andersson’s first stint with the Red Wings this season following his NHL debut last year in which he played five games for Detroit .

Joakim Andersson


Born Feb 5 1989  -- Munkedal, Sweden

Height 6.02 -- Weight 198 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 3 #88 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM


2006-07  Vastra Frolunda HC          SEL     1    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --

2007-08  Vastra Frolunda HC          SEL     9    1    0    1    2   4   1   1   2   0

2008-09  Vastra Frolunda HC          SEL    49    6    6   12   22  11   0   0   0   4

2008-09  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL     1    0    1    1    2  10   1   2   3   4

2009-10  Vastra Frolunda HC          SEL    55    6   12   18   42   7   1   2   3   0

2010-11  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    79    7   15   22   30  --  --  --  --  --

2011-12  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    73   21   30   51   34  --  --  --  --  --

2011-12  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     5    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    36   10   17   27   55


         NHL Totals                          5    0    0    0    0


Update #10: Last but not least, here's DetroitRedWings.com's Roose's practice update:

Forward Todd Bertuzzi will not play when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers in a special Saturday matinee at Joe Louis Arena.

“He’s getting his back checked out,” said coach Mike Babcock, following Friday's practice. “Not available for tomorrow.”

Babcock wasn’t certain of the severity of Bertuzzi’s injury, or how long the veteran might be out of the lineup. As insurance for Saturday's game, the Wings have recalled forward Joakim Andersson from the club’s minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids. The Griffins are currently in Oklahoma City where they are preparing for a two-game weekend series with the Barons, who are the Edmonton Oilers’ farm team.

The Wings also announced that they have placed goalie Jonas Gustavsson on injured reserve.

Bertuzzi missed the first three games of the season with what was originally diagnosed as mononucleosis. But a second round of tests later revealed that he had flu-like symptoms and nothing more serious that would have kept him out of the lineup longer.

In seven games, Bertuzzi, who has two goals and three assists with a plus-three rating, has skated mainly on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula.

The Red Wings’ roster has already lost 59 man-games to injury and illness this season. Detroit goalies Joey MacDonald (back) and Gustavsson (groin) remain out, along with defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Brendan Smith (shoulder) and forwards Darren Helm (back), Jan Mursak (collarbone) and Mikael Samuelsson (groin).

Defenseman Ian White returned to the lineup this week, just two-weeks after surgery to repair his lacerated left thigh, which was punctured by the heel of a Jimmy Howard skate blade.

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Cleary takes Bertuzzi’s spot on line with 13-51


Posted by godblender on 02/08/13 at 02:50 PM ET



Posted by rayzredwing on 02/08/13 at 03:00 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Cleary takes Bertuzzi’s spot on line with 13-51


Posted by godblender on 02/08/13 at 01:50 PM ET


Babcock said they might recall a forward from Grand Rapids.

Maybe Cleary will stay right where he is.  Maybe this is Nyquist to join 13, 51.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/08/13 at 03:06 PM ET



I swear Holland and Babcock are just trolling fans this season.

I half expect Cleary to double shift the whole game and Tatar to get less than 4min.

Posted by lancer on 02/08/13 at 03:20 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

If it’s Andersson, then it would make sense for him to center the third line with Abbey and Tatar.  But If Babcock was paying attention to the fact that Tatar and Cleary produced together last night, he’ll keep them together and be bringing up Nyquist.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/08/13 at 03:28 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

It is, indeed, Andersson.  Shows you what I know.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/08/13 at 04:37 PM ET

Crater's avatar

They should put Andersson on the 3rd with Abbs and Cleary, Move Tatar to the 2nd.  I think that’s the best combination. Andersson’s size will be an asset on the 3rd line. Other option is put in Eaves either on the 3rd if Tatar goes to the 2nd or put him on the 2nd. He has played there before and flourished.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 02/08/13 at 05:42 PM ET

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Andersson’s size would be an asset to the 3rd line, but replacing Bert’s size with Tatar’s on the second line would be a mistake. I’m almost thinking he might just end up a healthy scratch.

Anyone want to start a pool on what injury will cause Colaiacavo to be sidelined once he comes back?

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 02/08/13 at 06:24 PM ET

Colquhoun's avatar

Perhaps Samuelsson should be rotated to GR to get into game-shape.  37 games might be adequate.

Posted by Colquhoun on 02/08/13 at 07:31 PM ET

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I swear Holland and Babcock are just trolling fans this season.

I half expect Cleary to double shift the whole game and Tatar to get less than 4min.

Posted by lancer on 02/08/13 at 02:20 PM ET

It looks like they’re using these opportunities to see what they’ve got in Grand Rapids… you know, for when the Wings re-sign Cleary, Miller, and Mursak during the off-season.

... but replacing Bert’s size with Tatar’s on the second line would be a mistake. I’m almost thinking he might just end up a healthy scratch.

The scary thing is, Tatar plays bigger than he is, and his speed, hands, and propensity for shooting would be quite the boon to Datsyuk and whoever else is on that line.

Anyone want to start a pool on what injury will cause Colaiacavo to be sidelined once he comes back?

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 02/08/13 at 05:24 PM ET

I’ll take “Throws his back out while taking a dump between periods his first game back.”

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 02/08/13 at 07:54 PM ET

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