Luke Glendening’s spinning backhand finds net for game-winner

Jared Clinton
Luke Glendening (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Heading in to Thursday night, Luke Glendening had suited up for each of Detroit’s 59 games and had scored only seven goals. As such, it was a surprise when Glendening scored against San Jose, but it was twice as unexpected when you see the goal itself.

With the Sharks and Red Wings tied at 2 and less than two minutes left on the clock, the Wings line of Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader got some sustained pressure in the offensive zone. Nyquist spotted Glendening in front as the puck wrapped back behind the Sharks’ net, shuffled a pass out front to him and Glendening did the rest. Check out his spinning finish: Read more

THN Trade Deadline Preview: Atlantic Division

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If there’s going to be trade action in any division, the Atlantic is the one to watch. With Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit fighting for top spot, Boston and Florida trading punches in the Wild Card and Toronto set for a full rebuild, there’s potential for the entire division to be shaken up on March 2. Even if the star players, such as Maple Leafs Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, aren’t moved at the deadline, there are going to be changes coming to the Atlantic as the teams either push for a shot in the wide open Eastern Conference or shuffle the deck and build for the future. Read more

Jamie Benn scores first career hat trick – here are five players waiting for their own

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Multi-goal games happen on a near nightly basis, but it takes a special night for a player to complete a hat trick. There have been strange hat tricks in NHL history – heck, Mason Raymond has three in his career – but even most gifted offensive talents have struggled to net their own.

Take Jamie Benn, for instance. Tuesday night marked his first career hat trick and it was his 401st NHL game. Shane Doan was drafted in 1995 and scored his first trio in 2012. Brad Richards was nearly 33 before he scored his first.

Two players on this list have had playoff hat tricks, but the regular season feat remains out of their grasp. The names will shock you, too. These are five players waiting for their first career hat trick: Read more

Why Danny DeKeyser is exactly what Detroit was looking for

Jared Clinton
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Danny DeKeyser was one of the most sought after NCAA free agents in recent memory, and less than two full NHL campaigns later it appears that was with good reason.

DeKeyser, 24, hasn’t just become an NHL regular, he’s become a standout for Detroit. DeKeyser, a Michigan native, was sought after by several teams before finally inking a two-year deal with the Red Wings, and is rounding into a solid defensive player who can contribute offensively while covering up for the inefficiencies of his teammates. Now in the first season of his second two-year deal with Detroit, it appears DeKeyser’s destiny is to become the number one guy on the Red Wings blueline. Read more

Detroit’s Petr Mrazek has new pads, and they are glorious

Jared Clinton
Petr Mrazek (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There’s no position player in sport that gets to show as much style as hockey goaltenders, and Detroit Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek is taking things to the next level with his new gear.

Mrazek took a page out of Chris Mason’s old Winnipeg Jets playbook, going with the Red Wings legendary logo split across his gear. A lot of goaltenders choose to go with team colors, but Mrazek’s design is unique and something that’s a welcome change from the whitewashed pads many goaltenders wear.

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With an injury to Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard that has seen him on the sidelines since Jan. 10, Mrazek, 22, was called upon to take over starting duties. Since that time, he has started the Red Wings last 13 games, posting a 9-3-0 record, including a 28-save shutout of the Colorado Avalance on Feb. 5.

Both Howard and Jonas Gustavsson are healthy now, though, so Mrazek could find himself headed to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. What a shame it would be if these pads don’t get their NHL debut this season. Mrazek has shown he’s able to play at a high level in the NHL, though, so maybe he and his new duds stick around while Gustavsson finds himself back in Grand Rapids.

Mrazek’s not the only netminder to get a new piece of gear, though. From David Gunnarsson at DaveArt comes the first look at Pekka Rinne’s new mask.

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The unique feature of this new mask is that the eye of the Predators’ logo glows neon green in the dark, something that will be interesting to see come anthem time in Nashville. Otherwise, the design is similar to what Rinne currently wears, and Gunnarsson calls it the “prequel” to Rinne’s current Gladiator mask.

This mask, Gunnarsson writes, is the mask that General Maximus used before he became the gladiator in the 2000 film starring Russell Crowe. As always, masks are better when they have some sort of story. It’s interesting to see Rinne sticking with one theme.

Henrik Zetterberg and Anton Lander may have just saved their old Swedish team

Henrik Zetterberg (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

When the Detroit Red Wings met up with the Edmonton Oilers in early January, more was at stake than two points in the standings. According to Gunnar Nordstrom of Sweden’s Expressen, that’s when Henrik Zetterberg and Anton Lander got together and decided to help financially bail out their old Swedish club, Timra IK.

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10 players who retired with teams you wouldn’t expect

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This season the NHL has had three very different situations play out when it comes to the retirement of notable players. Each of Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Brodeur, and Evgeni Nabokov had called it quits, but each in different ways.

Alfredsson signed a one-day free agent deal with the Senators to retire in the city that he called home for so many years, while Brodeur retired a Blue after signing a deal in St. Louis as a free agent after Brian Elliott went down with an injury.

Then there’s Nabokov. The long-time San Jose Sharks goaltender was traded back to San Jose on Monday following a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a move that will allow the 39-year-old to hang them up in the place he had the best years of his career.

Many times, however, players aren’t allowed to ride off into the sunset the way that Alfredsson and Nabokov had. So, like Brodeur, these are 10 players that have retired in cities you wouldn’t expect: Read more