Paging Dr. Datsyuk – Red Wings not playing like a team ‘possessed’

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Gustav Nyquist chases down P.A. Parenteau (Cole Burston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Thirteen games into Life After Mike Babcock, the Detroit Red Wings are still very much a work in progress. And even if Jeff Blashill’s team is turning the corner, there’s at least one thing about these Red Wings that looks very different from teams that wore the winged wheel on their chest in the past.

Under Babcock, the Red Wings were a team that prided themselves on either controlling the puck when they had it or chasing it down and getting it back when they didn’t. As a result, they were always one of the best possession teams in the NHL. This season, that status has been turned on its head and the Red Wings are one of the worst. It’s not the be-all and end-all – because after all, the Red Wings are in a playoff spot and Babcock’s Leafs, who have seen a marked improvement in their possession numbers – are in 30th place in a 30-team league.

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Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer makes phenomenal twisting, backhanded glove save

Jared Clinton
James Reimer stops Gustav Nyquist's overtime attempt (via NHL/YouTube)

With Maple Leafs netminder Jonathan Bernier sidelined, James Reimer has gotten his chance to shine between the pipes for Toronto. And while things haven’t been easy — take the first goal Reimer allowed Friday, for instance — the 27-year-old netminder has certainly made his case to challenge Bernier upon his return.

In Friday’s game against Detroit, Reimer was stellar after allowing a weak goal to Henrik Zetterberg early in the contest. And until the overtime winner by Jakub Kindl, which came 2:17 into the 3-on-3 overtime period, Reimer was making save after save. His best of the night, however, came on a crazy backhanded glove stop that robbed Gustav Nyquist: Read more

Red Wings place in Hall of Fame annals all up to Pavel Datsyuk

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Whether or not the 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings enter the annals of the most decorated teams in the history of the game is now up solely to Pavel Datsyuk. The Magic Man must be inducted after he retires for that team to join the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs with the most players who reside in the hallowed hall.

With the additions of Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, that Red Wings team now has a total of nine Hall of Famers, which currently stands just one behind the standard bearers in that category, the 1955-56 Canadiens and the 1966-67 Maple Leafs. How good was that team in Detroit? Well, consider that team had a fourth line that consisted of Igor Larionov centering Luc Robitaille and Tomas Holmstrom. Their fourth line. Think about that for a minute.

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Brilliant compilation shows the final goals of NHL greats

Jared Clinton
Wayne Gretzky (Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

As all-time great defenseman Nick Lidstrom prepares to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame this coming Monday, you may find yourself looking through his past highlights. The same might go for Lidstrom’s one-time teammate Sergei Fedorov, who will also enter the Hall of Fame Monday.

Well, thanks to an outstanding compilation put together by Garden State Variety, you can now check out the final tallies from some of the NHL’s all-time greatest goal scorers. Lidstrom, who kicks off the tribute, is the only defenseman in the video, but you’re sure to recognize the names of some of the game’s greatest goal scorers: Read more

Red Wings’ Abdelkader a valuable top-six winger, long-term deal would be wise move

Jared Clinton
Justin Abdelkader (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

In 2014-15, Justin Abdelkader had his breakout season, the one that Detroit Red Wings fans had been hoping for. He notched 23 goals, scored 44 points and was utilized as an all-situations player while skating regular top-six minutes alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist.

Abdelkader didn’t slow down coming into this season, either. On opening night, the Detroit right winger notched a hat trick, and followed it up with a two-point performance in the second tilt of the season. And even though he hit a nine-game scoring drought, Abdelkader got himself back on the score sheet Tuesday with the primary assist on Dylan Larkin’s game-winning goal against Tampa Bay.

And now that he’s back on the score sheet, things are looking even better for Abdelkader.’s Ansar Khan is reporting GM Ken Holland and the Red Wings are well on their way to locking up Abdelkader long-term.

Abdelkader entered the new campaign in the final year of a four-year, $7.2-million deal he signed with Detroit in September 2012. Khan reported the potential new contract, however, is “expected to be longer than four years” and could carry a cap hit around $4 million per season, which is a significant pay raise on the $1.8-million cap hit of Abdelkader’s current deal. Signing Abdelkader likely isn’t considered priority No. 1 for some Red Wings fans, but inking the 28-year-old to a long-term deal would be a great move by Holland and Co. Read more

Senators’ Stone suspended two games for check to head of Red Wings’ Ferraro

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Mark Stone (Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators will be without their leading scorer, Mark Stone, for the next two games.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday that Stone, 23, has been suspended for two games following an illegal check to the head in Saturday’s outing against the Detroit Red Wings. Midway through the second period of Saturday’s game, Stone caught Red Wings right winger Landon Ferraro with a shoulder to the head and was issued a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head: Read more

Oilers’ McDavid headlines impressive rookie crop

Connor McDavid (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

Most of the pre-season scuttlebutt pitted two so-called generational players, Edmonton Oilers center and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, in a duel for the Calder Trophy.

Advantage McDavid.

As the calendar flipped over to November, Eichel had racked up four goals in 11 games, putting him in a tie for 12th in rookie scoring. McDavid, meanwhile, sits atop the rookie race.

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Red Wings’ blueline without Mike Green for 2-3 weeks following upper-body injury

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Mike Green (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings faceoff against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night, but they’ll do so without the services of off-season acquisition Mike Green.

Green, 30, was injured this past Friday against Calgary when Flames winger Josh Jooris crunched the Red Wings blueliner with a solid jolt behind the Detroit net. Green finished his shift, but as soon as he left the ice, he headed to the dressing room and did not return. Green didn’t play Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks and Monday the Red Wings confirmed the defenseman would be out for up to three weeks. Read more