4-14-14: The Red Wings weren't great in April at all, but they were good enough to hold on to a playoff berth in the East. A 3-0 win over slumping St. Louis Blues team was a nice way to finish the regular season. Detroit will play Boston in the first-round and the Wings have won three consecutive games over Bruins after dropping their first contest this season.
4-7-14: The Wings saw their four game winning streak snapped in Montreal this past Saturday, but their surge has them looking good for the playoffs for the 23 straight season. Three of their final four games will take place on the road. Detroit is still badly injured, but could become a dangerous first-round matchup for either Pittsburgh or Boston. The experience of the Wings is still their and I would not want to play them in the opening round.
3-31-14: Despite all the injuries, the Red Wings are still in the playoff hunt. The Red Wings have lost Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson, Stephen Weiss, and Henrik Zetterberg all to injuries. Veteran Johan Frazen and youngster Gustav Nyqusit have carried the bulk of the load for the Red Wings this season. If the playoffs began today, the Wings would face the Pens in the first round. That would be an intriguing series to watch.
3-25-14: The Wings let a point slip away against Minnesota this past Sunday, blowing a two goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss. They still went 3-0-1 last week and climbed back into a playoff spot. The Wings are tied with Toronto (80 points) for the first playoff spot in the East. They are still crippled with injuries, but they could be a dangerous squad if they get into the playoffs. They would play Pittsburgh in the first round if the playoffs ended today.
3-17-14: President George H.W. Bush was the President of the United States the last time the Red Wings missed the postseason. It was 1990 the last time the Wings missed the postseason and fans should prepare themselves for that this year. Injuries have crippled Mike Babcock’s squad and you can now add Tomas Jurco to that list. It’s unfathomable to think of NHL postseason without the Wings. Frankly, Detroit is an old, injured, squad in desperate need of some young legs.
3-10-14: Detroit is desperately trying to hold onto its playoff spot while dealing with a cornucopia of injuries. It's hard to believe they would be able to keep up the pace in the west. The addition of David Legwand may help, but it isn't a game-changer. The Red Wings continue to tread water and hope no one behind them can chase them down. If they don’t make playoffs, it would be the first time since 1990.
3-3-14: They had two games this past week against the Senators and Canadiens, both of which are two teams they are battling for playoffs. They beat them both by a combined score of 8-2. It will be interesting to see if they can keep this up without Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the regular season. GM Ken Holland must make a move to bolster the Wings offense. Thomas Vanek or Ales Hemsky could be players they may target.
It will be a night to remember at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as the Red Wings honor one of the greatest NHL defensemen of all time, Nicklas Lidstrom. The former Red Wings captain who played twenty seasons with the team and helped bring them four Stanley Cups will see his no. 5 raised into the rafters and officially retired by the team before they face Colorado this Thursday. Lidstrom played 1564 regular season games with the same team which is more than any European born player in NHL history and the 12-time All-Star was winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy 7 times. His name and number will forever live in Hockeytown alongside legends like Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, and Terry Sawchuk.
2-10-14: A 3-1-1 conclusion to their pre-Olympic schedule has the Wings in a wild-card spot. Jimmy Howard continues to falter, giving up 10 goals in his past three starts. You think it would be crazy for the Wings to trade for a goalie? It may just happen because of Howard’s play of late. Don’t be shocked if Thomas Vanek is wearing a Wings jersey come March. GM Ken Holland must make a splash if Detroit wants to keep their playoff hopes alive.
2-3-14: The good news for the Red Wings is that their shootout luck has reversed, as the club has won three of its last four games that ended after overtime. The bad news is that they can't seem to win any other way. The Wings sole regulation win in its last 10 contests came over the slumping Canadiens. Detroit is decimated with injuries and ultimately that could hamper their chances at making the playoffs this season.
1-27-14: The Red Wings continue to survive off the loser point as their shootout loss against the Panthers this past Sunday puts them at 2-0-1 in their past three and gives them 11 OT/SO losses this season. Even with all their injuries this season, the Red Wings are still in the thick of things for a playoff spot in the East. Jonas Gustavsson has 13 wins in 20 games this season. He had 41 in 105 career games entering this season.
1-20-14: Detroit won one of two games it played in the last week, and is 6-6-1 in its last 13.
The Wings seem a good bet to be one of the two teams in a wild-card spot. Their shootout luck has come around of late and they have games in hand on most of their opponents. They have 34 games to claim one of the final postseason berths. One of the things Detroit needs to get better at is holding leads. Only four teams in the NHL, the Flames, Islanders, Oilers and Sabres have a worse record when scoring first.
1-13-14: Detroit continues to toe the line between great play and underwhelming performances as they are 3-3-1 in their past seven games after losing in Anaheim this past Sunday. The Wings have been clinging to a playoff spot while dealing with a rash of injuries, but their improved health hasn't resulted in improved play. The Red Wings' power play is 0-of-21 in five games in January. The Wings need to play better or they might not make the playoffs, which would be the first time they didn’t since 1989-90 season.
1-7-14: Detroit's long losing stretch has come to an end, but the team is only managing to swap wins and losses as of late. A bubble team in the East, Detroit is facing a tough stretch of hockey, with games in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim in a span of four days next week. Coming off serious injury last season, Todd Bertuzzi has struggled to produce this year. He has just 10 points in 37 games.
12-30-13: After losing six games in a row, the Red Wings are 3-0-1 in their past four games. Detroit is getting healthy as the first half of their season comes to a close. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are back and Jimmy Howard could return this week. Things are looking up for Detroit. The ages of the top-4 scorers among forwards on the Red Wings are 35 (Datsyuk), 33 (Zetterberg), 41 (Daniel Alfredsson) and 34 (Johan Franzen).
12-23-13: Detroit has been slumping badly in December as a whole, but has begun to turn things around this week. The club won games this past Thursday and Saturday, which was the first time they won two in a row since November 29/December 1. The Red Wings downward slide would have to continue quite a bit longer to knock the team out of the playoffs altogether. With 43 points, the Red Wings have a seven-point lead on teams below them in the standings and only. Tomas Jurco's first week in the NHL went well. He had two goals and three points in four games.
12-16-13: Injuries are finally catching up to the Detroit Red Wings. They have lost five in a row and will be without goaltender Jimmy Howard for two to four weeks and center Stephen Weiss until at least after Christmas. Forward Johan Franzen also left this past Sunday's game against the Lightning after taking a hit to the head. The Red Wings are 5-8-6 at home which is the worst home record for any team currently sitting in a playoff spot in the NHL.
12-9-13: Detroit dropped games at home last week to Philadelphia and Florida, though they did beat New Jersey in a game in which they held the Devils to a paltry 11 shots. Jonas Gustavsson .930 save percentage this season is the best he’s over posted, including the .879 number he had for the Red Wings last year. He stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced against the Devils and stopped 35 of 37 attempts in a losing effort to Florida.
12-2-13: Detroit has suffered through some tough times this season, including a seven-game losing streak in the middle of November, but the Wings have bounced back with five wins in their last six games. Detroit outscored its opponents by a combined 15-3 margin this past week and earned all six available points. Darren Helm, who played only one game last season due to injury, is having a nice bounce back year. In 14 games, Helm has seven goals and 10 points.
11-25-13: The Red Wings record is not indicative to what kind of team Ken Holland has assembled in Detroit. Make no mistake; the Wings are still a darn good hockey team. Detroit went 2-2 last week and capped it off by beating Buffalo 3-1 on Sunday. Stephen Weiss was brought in from Florida in the offseason to provide more scoring. So far, that hasn’t worked out according to plan. Weiss has only one goal and two assists on the season.
11-18-13: The Wings have lost six straight games but have five points during that span. The Wings outshot the Jets and lost in the shootout. They played well against Washington but lost in the shootout again. They got outplayed by the Islanders and suffered the same result; another shootout loss. Over the years, Detroit has been an excellent team at even strength. This year the Wings are a middle of the pack team with a 50.2 percent Corsi rating at even-strength.
11-12-13: Despite losing all three games they played this week, the Detroit Red Wings managed to salvage two points in two overtime losses. If you recall, Niklas Kronwall was hit by Colorado’s Cody McLeod a few week’s back and at the time it looked serious. Fortunately, for the Wings Kronwall wasn’t severely hurt and since that hit he has four points and is a plus-4 in eight games played. The Wings record is not indicative to what kind of team they have.
11-5-13: The Wings had an impressive Western Canadian road swing this past week finishing 3-0. They beat Vancouver and Calgary in a pair one-goal games and then throttled the lowly Oilers 5-0 in Edmonton. Daniel Alfredsson is on pace to eclipse his 26-point season last year in Ottawa. Through 15 games he has 13 points. It looks like Detroit is finally getting used to life in the Eastern Conference. Quietly, they are near the top of the NHL standings.
10-29-13: The Wings started off the week strong losing 1-0 to high-powered San Jose Sharks. They followed that up by getting crushed 6-1 by the Ottawa Senators where goalie Jimmy Howard was yanked from the game. Despite their recent struggles, the Wings remain near the top of the Eastern conference. Pavel Datsyuk’s 22 takeaways lead the NHL this season. Can the Wings continue to be successful will remain to be seen? Life in the Eastern Conference has potential to be wonderful for Detroit; so far they’re not taking advantage of it.
10-21-13: The Wings had their four-game winning streak snapped in Detroit Saturday by the Phoenix Coyotes but the biggest concern in the injury to star player Niklas Kronwall. He will be out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion following a dirty hit by Colorado’s Cody McLeod last week. This could spell trouble for Mike Babcock and the Wings. No one can replace what Kronwall brings to the Wings on the blueline. How Detroit goes on without him will be interesting to watch?
10-14-13: Detroit has six out of a possible 10 points in their first five games played this season. The Wings are on pace for a 98 point season, which would put them in the postseason. Henrik Zetterberg leads the team with six points, and Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall aren’t too far behind with 5 points each. It’s only five games in but there are some concerns in the Motor City. The Wings have lacked secondary scoring from Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, and Daniel Cleary thus far.
10-7-13: They probably should have lost to Carolina, but despite that the Wings have looked good early on. They are still getting used to their new conference rivals, but expect them to be up near the top of the standings the whole season.
8-22-13: No team is more affected by the NHL realignment than the Detroit Red Wings. Since 1981, the Red Wings have called the Western Conference home, but that all changes this year as they move into the east. GM Ken Holland made two significant moves in free agency signing center Stephen Weiss and longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson will return to Ottawa on Dec. 1 in what promises to be an emotional night in Canada’s capital. Detroit will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
8-21-13: The Red Wings have re-signed center Gustav Nyquist to a two-year deal. Last year, the 23-year-old appeared in 22 games and scored three goals and picked up three assists. He had two goals and three assists during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
8-3-13: Next season, the Red Wings will retire former Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom's number 5.
7-22-13: The Red Wings have agreed to a two-year deal with 24-year-old defenseman Brendan Smith.
Red Wings 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #20: Anthony Mantha, RW
Pick #48: Zach Nastasiuk, RW
Pick #58: Tyler Bertuzzi, LW
Pick #79: Mattias Janmark-Nylen, C
Pick #109: David Pope, LW
Pick #139: Mitchell Wheaton, D
Pick #169: Marc McNulty, D
Pick #199: Hampus Melen, RW