Pregame: Avalanche @ Red Wings - 12/21

With their losing streak now at five games, the Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche tonight in their penultimate game before the Christmas break.

The Red Wings will look a little different, as starting goalie Jimmy Howard is out with a groin injury.

Red Wings Logjam Won't Get Better On Its Own

Xavier Ouellet is back in Grand Rapids and Mattias Backman has returned to Sweden. For the time being, the Red Wings' logjam on the blue line is resolved.

Pregame: Islanders @ Red Wings - 12/19

The Red Wings look to snap their four-game losing streak tonight as they host the New York Islanders.

Johan Franzen returns from illness for Detroit and will replace Daniel Cleary in the lineup., Xavier Ouellet remains on the blue line, meaning Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff are healthy scratches.


Pregame: Blue Jackets @ Red Wings - 12/16

Looking to stop a three-game skid, the Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Columbus is on a tear, having won their last six games.

Detroit will see several lineup changes, as Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser return from injury but Johan Franzen sits due to illness.

Thoughts on Xavier Ouellet's Roster Spot

Danny DeKeyser returns to the Red Wings' lineup on Tuesday, meaning that the Detroit blueline is back to 100% healthy. Despite that, call-up Xavier Ouellet remains on the roster, as forward Stephen Weiss has been placed on injured reserve to keep a spot available.


Pregame: Panthers @ Red Wings - 12/12

The Red Wings host the Florida Panthers tonight. Detroit has lost four of their last six against the division rivals, despite the Panthers having missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons.

There's one change to the Detroit lineup from their shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, as Xavier Ouellet has been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to replace the injured Danny DeKeyser.

Pregame: Maple Leafs @ Red Wings - 12/10

The Red Wings host a familiar Original Six foe tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Detroit.

Detroit will revert to the lineup they used in their 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, as Daniel Cleary swaps out up front for Joakim Andersson and Brian Lashoff is replaced on the blue line by Jakub Kindl.


Pregame: Red Wings @ Hurricanes - 12/7

Less than twenty-four hours after a come-from-behind win over the New York Rangers in Detroit on Saturday, the Red Wings are on the road today, visiting the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes feature some familiar faces for Detroit, as former assistant coach Bill Peters is their head coach now and waiver claimee Andrej Nestrasil is still in the Carolina lineup (wearing #15 rather than the #49 he had with the Red Wings).


Pregame: Rangers @ Red Wings - 12/6

It's an Original Six matchup in Detroit tonight as the Red Wings host the New York Rangers.

The Red Wings are expected to roll the same lineup as they used in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Justin Abdelkader remains out with a shoulder injury while Daniel Cleary (now wearing jersey #11) and Brian Lashoff are healthy scratches.


The Many Numbers of Daniel Cleary

Thursday's announcement of Daniel Alfredsson's retirement from hockey was expected. Daniel Cleary taking warmups in Detroit nine hours later wearing the number 11 jersey he forfeited to Alfredsson last season was not.

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