Niklas Kronwall

#55 D / Detroit Red Wings / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 190 lb Age: 34 College: None

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      Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Seeing less power play ice time

      Kronwall has scored just one point in the first five games of the year. After Detroit signed Mike Green to quarterback their power play this summer, Kronwall has found himself relegated to the second power play unit. As a result, Kronwall's overall and power play times on ice have each fallen by almost two minutes per game. Without increased power play time, it will be difficult for Kronwall to replicate his scoring production from the 2014-15 season.

    • Detroit's Kronwall Suspended For Game 7

      News: Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for Wednesday's Game 7 against the Lightning.
      Analysis: Niklas Kronwall had a hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety, who determined the blueliner recklessly charged the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov in Monday's Game 6. While he was able to escape a penalty on the hit and was able to remain in the game, Kronwall's absence from an elimination game is obviously a less preferable development for the Red Wings. With their top blueliner unavailable, look for coach Mike Babcock to turn to Jakub Kindl or Alexey Marchenko to step in on defense.
    • Red Wings' Kronwall To Have NHL Hearing

      News: Niklas Kronwall will have an NHL hearing Tuesday afternoon for a possible illegal hit on Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov in Monday's Game 6, Ansar Khan of reports.
      Analysis: While Niklas Kronwall was not penalized for the hit during Monday's loss, it appeared to be a charge and/or an illegal hit to the head. The veteran blueliner will likely be fined at the very least, and there's also a chance he's suspended for Wednesday's Game 7. In such a scenario, Jakub Kindl or Alexey Marchenko would be candidates to join the Detroit lineup in Kronwall's place.
    • Detroit's Kronwall To Miss Saturday's Game

      News: Niklas Kronwall (rest) will not play in Saturday's season finale against the Hurricanes, Ansar Khan of reports.
      Analysis: Jakub Kindl is likely to take Niklas Kronwall's spot in the lineup. The Red Wings already have clinched a playoff spot, so their top defenseman will get a day off to rest up for the playoffs.
    • Red Wings' Kronwall Earns Assist In Loss

      News: Niklas Kronwall picked up an assist in Thursday's overtime loss to the Canadiens.
      Analysis: Since missing the Red Wings' March 24 contest with a lower-body injury, Niklas Kronwall has a goal and three assists over nine games. That's not exactly excitement-worthy production, but that level of consistency has been his best attribute this season, as he's been able to avoid too many lengthy point droughts. All told, Kronwall has supplied nine goals and 44 points over 80 games, making him a top-20 scorer from the blue line.
    • Wings' Kronwall Set To Play Thursday

      News: Niklas Kronwall (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against San Jose,'s Ansar Khan reports.
      Analysis: Niklas Kronwall unexpectedly missed Tuesday's game with the injury, but it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out a second contest. The Red Wings are in a bit of a tailspin at the moment and certainly need the offensive-minded blueliner back in their trenches.
    • Red Wings' Kronwall Could Play Thursday

      News: Niklas Kronwall (lower body) could play Thursday against the Sharks,'s Ansar Khan reports.
      Analysis: The Red Wings made Niklas Kronwall a surprising late scratch with the injury minutes before Tuesday's game against the Coyotes, but GM Ken Holland indicated Wednesday that the decision was made mostly for precautionary purposes. Kronwall is expected to skate Thursday morning, after which coach Mike Babcock and the team's brain trust should make a ruling on the blueliner's availability.
    • Red Wings' Kronwall A Late Scratch Tuesday

      News: Niklas Kronwall was made a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury,'s Ansar Khan reports.
      Analysis: There was no indication heading into the contest that Niklas Kronwall was nursing any sort of injury, and his absence Tuesday wasn't announced until minutes before the puck dropped. Until the Red Wings provide more information on the extent of the injury, the team's top scoring blueliner should be viewed as day-to-day. Jakub Kindl will replace him in Tuesday's lineup.
    • Wings' Kronwall Lights Lamp

      News: Niklas Kronwall found twine Monday in a 5-2 win over the Oilers.
      Analysis: Niklas Kronwall is about on pace with last swason's 49-point performance, with eight goals and 30 assists in 65 games. He's one of the more reliable and durable fantasy defenseman in the league and should perform well down the stretch.
    • Two Assists For Wings' Kronwall

      News: Niklas Kronwall dished out a pair of helpers and skated to a plus-2 in Saturday's impressive road win over the Predators.
      Analysis: Niklas Kronwall picked up secondary assists on Alexei Marchenko's game-tying goal and Tomas Tatar's game-winner in the third period, giving him 37 points on the season. Owners would love to see more in terms of goals (seven) and SOG, as Kronwall barely manages to put one puck on net per game with 69 SOG in 61 contests. At the end of the day, though, the 34-year-old Swede is the top dog on the Wings' blue line and sits 16th in scoring among NHL d-men, making him a valuable commodity in all leagues.
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