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Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Takes loss despite sharp night
Howard stopped 34 of 36 shots, but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday.
Howard certainly can't be blamed for this one, as he held an opponent to two goals or less for the fourth consecutive game. He's shaken off a slow start to his season and is now playing as well as any goaltender in the league. The one area for concern is his schedule, as he's got tough matchups with Boston and Washington coming next week. However, Howard is playing well enough that it might not matter.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Michael Rasmussen: Scores in second straight
Rasmussen had the only goal for his squad in a 2-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday.
That's the second time this season that Rasmussen has scored in consecutive games, and he's now connected on two of his past three shots. Don't expect this production to continue for long given his history, but if he's available at a cheap price Saturday, it's worth taking a shot on him in daily leagues to see if his production continues.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Gets starting nod
Howard will start in goal against host Ottawa on Thursday, Callum Fraser of NHL.com reports.
Howard reportedly will be countered by another veteran in Craig Anderson, as the team attempts to nail down its fifth consecutive win. Howard is 6-5-2 with a 2.69 GAA and .920 save percentage, and now he gets to face a Senators team that has gone 3-5-2 in its past 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jacob De La Rose: Ruled out Thursday
De La Rose (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Senators, but he's questionable for the subsequent contest opposing the Devils on Saturday,
Between cardiac and visa issues delaying his arrival in Detroit on top of this latest injury, the ex-Hab has only drawn into seven games with the Red Wings since he was acquired off waivers Oct. 17. Still, he remains on the active roster as opposed to injured reserve, which further supports the notion that his injury isn't all that serious.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Frequenting press box
Witkowski sat out as a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday, watching his team defeat the Coyotes at home, 6-1.
Coincidence or not, the Wings have won the last four games without the services of Witkowski. The Western Michigan University product, who possesses sandpaper grit, knows that he's only going to be deployed against some of the league's bigger opponents, or when his team finds itself slammed with injuries. As a result, he can safely be bypassed in all fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Continues solid run
Abdelkader contributed a power-play assist to Detroit's 6-1 victory over the visiting Coyotes on Tuesday.
Abdelkader is probably not the first Red Wing to cross your mind when it comes to fantasy options, but he's pointed in five of the past eight games, including four goals over that span. He's returned to prominence as a value play in a variety of virtual settings.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Michael Rasmussen: Big effort leads to power-play goal
Rasmussen delivered a power-play goal Tuesday, helping the Red Wings to a 6-1 rout over the Coyotes at home.
Rasmussen fell to the ice after a hard push from defenseman Jason Demers, but the talented rookie still managed to light the lamp from his knees. Rasmussen is up to five points -- including three man-advantage goals -- through 16 games, which is steady production for an inexperienced bottom-six forward.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Trevor Daley: Strong own-zone effort Tuesday
Daley went plus-3 with three blocked shots in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes.
This was easily one of Daley's best defensive performances of the season. He's been chugging along to a 19:28 ice-time average, with three points and a plus-5 rating over 14 games.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Delivering plenty of helpers
Nielsen set up two goals in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes.
Nielsen has turned back the clock as far as his offensive game is concerned. He's picked up eight apples over the last seven games, plus the Wings have six wins over that span, so if you haven't already, check the waiver wire to see if the do-it-all center is available for the taking.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Mike Green: Adds three points to season ledger
Green scored his first goal of the season to complement a pair of assists in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes.
Green earned the game's first star for his terrific all-around display against the Coyotes. He's gathered one goal and six helpers over nine games following his return from a liver-attacking virus, so try not to undersell the veteran in fantasy as he looks to help the Wings to their fifth consecutive victory in Thursday's road tilt opposing the Senators.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Lights lamp in another team win
Mantha opened the scoring for the Red Wings en route to a 6-1 home win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Mantha stormed toward the net and fired the puck top shelf over the glove of Darcy Kuemper, who was making his fifth consecutive start for the Coyotes. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger has the potential to be a consistent scorer in the NHL, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill has basically had to teach Mantha that it's OK not to be a gentle giant on the ice. Now that he's tightened up defensively and has four goals in the past eight games, Mantha is back to being a recommended play in all types of fantasy leagues.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Luke Glendening: Flashes two-way skill in rout
Glendening registered a goal, two hits and another pair of blocked shots to complement a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes.
Just as a Red Wings penalty had expired, Glendening perfectly anticipated a Justin Abdelkader outlet pass from the defensive zone and had no trouble beating Darcy Kuemper for his second goal of the season. Make that seven points in 18 games for Glendening, whose rigid work ethic and no-quit motor make him a natural fit in Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: Third straight game with goal, assist
Athanasiou registered a goal and an assist -- both during 5-on-5 play in the third period -- helping the Red Wings to a 6-1 home win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Darren Helm managed to slide the puck over to Athanasiou from the neutral zone, and Double A flashed a little shake-and-bake maneuver to the detriment of starting goalie Darcy Kuemper. Lauded for his speed, versatility and craftiness -- mainly in the attacking zone -- Athanasiou, who has three straight two-point outings, also ended up being the primary distributor on defenseman Mike Green's first goal of the season. It's worth checking to see if AA is on the waiver wire in case you need a boost at the forward position; he may even have winger eligibility in some formats.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Holds Coyotes in check
Howard made 24 saves en route to a 6-1 home win over the Coyotes on Tuesday.
This was an important victory for Howard, as he now has a winning record (6-5-2) to support a robust .920 save percentage through 13 games. The veteran's hard work in the cage led to a fourth straight win for the Winged Wheel, and it's probably only a matter of time before he puts pen to paper on that multi-year contract extension that's rumored to be coming his way.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Covering home net Tuesday
Howard will defend the home net against the Coyotes on Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Detroit's traditional backup, Jonathan Bernier, faced a career-high 52 shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Hurricanes, so Howard will punch in for work facing a Coyotes team that he's had a fair amount of success handling in his career based on an 11-4-3 record, 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage. At the rate Howard's going, he'll surpass last year's win total of 22, but the elite NHL backstops will roughly double that total when it's all said and done.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jacob De La Rose: Able to practice
De La Rose (upper body) practiced Tuesday morning, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
While De La Rose won't play against the Coyotes on Tuesday, he's said to be closer to a return than fellow forward Thomas Vanek (lower body) or defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed). Either way, this news won't affect many fantasy owners since the Swedish-born pivot is a replacement-level commodity as the owner of 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) over 126 career contests between the Habs and Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Thomas Vanek: Effectively ruled out Tuesday
Vanek (lower body) skated Tuesday, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill couldn't offer a "real update," on the veteran winger ahead of Tuesday's home game against the Coyotes, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
This effectively rules out Vanek for the home clash against the 'Yotes, and we'll have to see if he accompanies the team to Ottawa for Thursday's game. Considering that there's no deeper position than forward in fantasy hockey, it's probably not worth waiting out Vanek's injury -- after all, he's only picked up two goals and three helpers to work against a minus-8 rating between 12 games this season.... See More ... See Less