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Thanks to the stellar play of Jonas Gustavsson, the Detroit Red Wings haven't missed a beat without their starting goalie. Now they'll likely have to overcome the loss of another key defensive player to get their revenge on the Phoenix Coyotes.
While Jimmy Howard may return, the visiting Red Wings are expected to be without Niklas Kronwall as they try to extend their winning streak to five Saturday night against a Phoenix team that dealt them their last loss.
Gustavsson continued his outstanding stretch while filling in for Howard on Thursday when he stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 4-2 victory at Colorado that ended the hosts' unbeaten start.
Since Howard went down with a bruised hand, Gustavsson has a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage while winning each of his three starts.
Howard, however, might be able to get back between the pipes as the Red Wings (6-2-0) go for their fifth straight win, which would be their longest streak since a six-game run Feb. 8-Feb. 19, 2012.
Howard, who hasn't played since making 32 saves in a 5-2 win over Philadelphia last Saturday, is 8-2-1 with a 2.24 GAA in 11 career starts in Phoenix, six of which have come in the playoffs.
Detroit isn't likely to have Kronwall (one goal, six points) after he was hit from behind in the first period Thursday and left on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but reportedly stayed with the team as it flew to Phoenix.
"It was really scary," fellow defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "He was (knocked) out. He didn't really know what happened there. We found out pretty early he was fine and he was going to recover fine."
The Red Wings, who are fifth in the NHL with 2.25 goals allowed per game, hope to continue their strong play defensively against a Phoenix team that has scored five times on 69 shots in overtime and shootout losses in its last two games.
The Coyotes (4-2-2) haven't lost in regulation since a 6-1 loss at the Islanders on Oct. 8, but they allowed the Ducks to score the game-tying goal with 2:02 remaining Friday on the way to a 3-2 shootout loss.
"We were scared to win. That is not how you finish off hockey games," goaltender Mike Smith said. "We were solid up until the third period, then we went out in the third and had six shots and let them come. When you give that team the chances that we gave them, sooner or later it's going to get the back of the net."
Mike Ribeiro, who signed a five-year deal in the offseason to be Phoenix's No. 1 center, was able to extend his points streak to five games with an assist.
The Coyotes were the last team to beat Detroit on Oct. 10 when Michael Stone and Antoine Vermette scored in the third period of a 4-2 win at Joe Louis Arena.
Smith had 28 saves in that meeting and 37 stops Friday, though he could give way to backup Thomas Greiss in the second of back-to-back games. In his only start, Greiss finished with 36 saves in a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on Oct. 11.
Whoever gets the nod will have to contain a Detroit team that has totaled 14 goals while converting 6 of 16 power-play opportunities during its winning streak.
Henrik Zetterberg has four goals and three assists during a four-game point streak, while Pavel Datsyuk -- who had two goals against the Avalanche -- has three scores and five assists over his own four-game run.
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via the CP at NHL.com,
Anthony Mantha scored two goals and added two assists as the Val'd-Or Foreurs crushed the host Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 7-3 on Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.
Mantha, a prospect of the Detroit Red Wings, leads the QMJHL in scoring with 18 goals and 33 points in 12 contests.
Plus, an interview Mantha did yesterday after...
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has earned a reputation around the National Hockey League for being a physical player who makes bone-crushing hits on his opponents. These kinds of hits have even been given a name -- being "Kronwalled."
During Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche, Kronwall was playing a puck in the corner when Avalanche...
The Red Wings' prospects didn't have the same difficulties that the parent club displayed on Saturday, but Darren Helm's 2-game stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins (who dropped a 3-2 decision to Milwaukee on Friday night) didn't go that well, either.
The Griffins dropped 2-0 and 4-2 leads en route to a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes goalie Mike Smith scored a goal from his own crease with just over a second left to punctuate Phoenix's 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Smith was already having a good night before sending a wrist shot the length of the ice into the vacated Red Wings net. Smith made 31 saves before scoring his first NHL goal. Mike Ribeiro...
One of three players this week to leave an NHL game on a stretcher Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall says he feels fine after suffering a mild concussion on a hit from Avalanche forward Cody McLeod. Considering the fact that Kronwall looked to be in some serious trouble after his head bounced off the dasher board that he's feeling no effects just days later is somewhat...
Blogger's note: This entry is going to piss you off if you're a Red Wings fan.
The Red Wings took a very late flight to Phoenix with a player who insists that he was at fault for getting hit from behind by Cody McLeod in a concussed Niklas Kronwall, and the Red Wings brought Kronwall along having defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.
The Red Wings both ensured that the...
That game was dumb. Phoenix rode a wave of lucky bounces, bad calls and poor sportsmanship to beat Detroit 5-2. Not much to say about this game, really. Detroit played well, but just had some terrible breaks go against them late.
Mike Smith got bailed out by the refs in the second period and then, of course, adds an empty net goal at the end. Next game is Monday against the Sharks...
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada is reporting via Twitter that McLeod will be given an in-person hearing for his hit on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall with a date that is yet to be determined.
#Avalanche Cody McLeod has earned an in-person hearing with the #NHL for his hit on #Redwings Nik Kronwall. Date TBD.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) October 18, 2013
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from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Lines are shuffling around the league, giving some new opportunities. Scott Cullen has notes on Brandon Prust, Daniel Alfredsson, Mason Raymond, Ryan Kesler, Jeff Skinner and more....
- The Detroit Red Wings have already tried Justin Abdelkader and Todd Betuzzi on the right side with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, but Thursday night, they...
STOPPING THE ROLLING AVALANCHE
A win is always good but snapping the rival Avalancheâs undefeated streak had to feel especially satisfying for Mike Babcock's team. The Red Wings extended their winning streak to foue games and head into Glendale tomorrow night to try and avenge the 4-2 loss they suffered against Phoenix last week.
After the ugly hit on Niklas Kronwall...
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The Detroit Red Wings (6-2-0) overcame a frightening injury to their top defenseman early on in the contest Thursday night to serve the Colorado Avalanche (6-1-0) with their first defeat of the season in Denver at the Pepsi Center before a crowd littered with large pockets of "red", much to the chagrin of Avalanche head coach Patrick...
Jonas Gustavsson stopped just about everything, including the Colorado Avalanche's six-game winning streak.
The backup goalie turned in a 38-save performance and Johan Franzen broke a third-period tie with his second goal of the game as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night to hand Patrick Roy his first loss as a coach.
"He had a heck of a game...
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