The Detroit Red Wings have one of the most iconic logos in all of sports, but don’t expect to see it front and center at the Stadium Series in Denver when the Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche.
In an event for season ticket holders Monday, the Red Wings unveiled their jerseys for the outdoor contest against the Avalanche, which is set to take place Feb. 27. The jerseys are unlike anything Detroit has ever worn before. While some teams who’ve taken part in outdoor games — the Red Wings among them — have gone with retro looks, this is a brand new, modernized design for Detroit.
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This all starts two weeks ago, during Hall of Fame weekend. The legendary Scotty Bowman is on hand since, at one time or another, he has coached three of the four inductees. Bowman is asked how many Hall of Famers he coached in his career, so he starts with the St. Louis Blues, who had Doug Harvey and Dickie Moore at the end of their careers, along with a goaltending tandem of Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante.
“They put up big numbers,” Bowman says. “They had 13 shutouts and only 157 goals against in 76 games. We had 22 one-goal games that year.”
Detroit Red Wings left winger Johan Franzen came into the 2015-16 with high hopes — not for his goal total, point total or defensive play, but that he would be able to get through the season without suffering through any headaches or symptoms stemming from his concussion history.
But Franzen and the Red Wings got the worst possible news Thursday. After being sidelined for more than a month with symptoms that appeared related to his history of concussions, Detroit officially placed Franzen on the long-term injured reserve, which calls into question whether he’ll ever hit the ice again.
Coming into the season, Franzen, 35, was recovering from a concussion that saw him sidelined for 49 games in the 2014-15 campaign. The concussion came on a collision in the neutral zone in a game against the Edmonton Oilers in January 2015. Franzen struggled to get cleared for contact before the campaign began, but was finally given the go-ahead to participate in full team activity in training camp. Read more
The salary cap era has made it incredibly important to find players who can contribute offensively while not breaking the bank. Usually, these players fill in bottom-six roles and eat up the minutes not reserved for the top-line players. Put it this way: it’s not often you find a winger making league minimum playing on the top power play unit.
But every so often, a team will find a steal of a deal. Be it a veteran coming into camp late or a player coming off their entry-level deal that is just hitting their stride, the cost-effective players are the ones that can help make or break a season. The cap flexibility doesn’t hurt, either.
Before we build the most cost-effective roster possible though, some guidelines. First, the players on this list have to have at least eclipsed the 10-point plateau. As nearly every team is closing in on the 20-game mark, the truest value players will be chipping in a point every other game while taking up a fraction of the cap. Second, in order to cut out the players on cheap deals by virtue of being on entry-level contracts, only players on standard player contracts have been included. So even though Nathan MacKinnon is tearing it up for Colorado, the Avalanche playmaker won’t be on this cost-effective list.
Here are the six players providing their clubs with the most bang for their buck: Read more
When it comes to the play of rookies this season, most of the early praise went to Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, while Chicago’s Artemi Panarin, who leads all rookies with 18 points, has taken the bulk of the headlines since McDavid went down with an injury. But Detroit’s Dylan Larkin is keeping himself in the conversation, and he put himself into the top-five in rookie scoring Monday night.
Larkin has been a big boost for a Red Wings roster that needed an injection of youth, and Monday he showed off his incredible speed and made Ottawa Senators Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson look like a bottom-pairing blueliner. After picking the puck up in the neutral zone, Larkin turned on the jets, took the puck wide, evaded Karlsson’s attempt at a hit and then scored by taking advantage of a cheating Craig Anderson: Read more
Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Friday night after missing the first 15 games of the season recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
The 37-year-old had four shots on goal and won two of the six face-offs he took in the Red Wings 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
It was his first action since Game 7 of the Red Wings first-round loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 29.
It’s Friday the 13th, which got us pondering that mystical number. For some, it is bad luck. But many hockey players have worn No. 13 in their careers and the two best who are associated with it (Teemu Selanne’s banners go with No. 8) are Mats Sundin and Pavel Datsyuk. Two incredible talents, but which one is the best of all-time? Let’s break this thing down.
At Tuesday’s GM meetings in Toronto, it was reported that Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president and director of hockey operations, had said the first fine for diving in 2015-16 was imminent and should be announced within a few days. Friday, the NHL dropped the hammer on Detroit Red Wings right winger Teemu Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen has been hit with a $2,000 fine by the league as supplementary discipline for a dive that occurred in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars. The dive, which can be seen below, came in the first period of the contest when Pulkinnen fell to the ice after Colton Sceviour delivered a stick check from behind: Read more