Found January 11, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
Toronto-maple-leafs
TROY, Mich. -- Although the Red Wings schedule has not yet been officially released, one thing is for sure. With 48 games in a short period of time, there will be a lot of work for both Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson in goal. Both goaltenders are 28 years old and looking to compete with each other in practice for more playing time. Last season Howard was 35-17-4 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. With the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gustavsson was 17-17-4 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. Gustavsson is excited to be playing for his second NHL team, especially another Original Six franchise. "When I heard the opportunity I was just really excited right away, because I heard a lot of good things about the goalie coach (Jim Bedard) and obviously they have a lot of Swedes who have had success and they know how to develop players here," Gustavsson said. "Its tough competition to get playing time, but its something I like, too, its something to push me, and hopefully I can push Howie, too. "Whatever I can to help the team win. If I play games or Im supporting the guys, Im just going to take my role and go with that." Howard has had some time to get to know his new fellow goalie, including the time they spent this past week in Arizona, working with a large group of NHL players. "Jonas is a great guy," Howard said. "He's a great goalie as well. I think we're going to push each other to get better. He works hard every single time he's out here so that's how he pushes me." Some of the Swedish players know Gustavsson already from playing on the Swedish national team with him. "He's a really good guy, fun to be around and he brings really solid, steady goaltending," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Another great addition to our club." Added Johan Franzen: "Great guy, first of all. Good competitor. He's shown some good form lately. He's going to be out there and fight every day. He wants to be in the net. We're always looking for a good guy to have besides Howie." Both goaltenders said they benefited from the minicamp out in Arizona. Danny Cleary and Kronwall also attended it. "It was good. The practices were really high-tempo," Howard said. "There were a lot of guys so we were able to scrimmage, split everyone up. It was good in that aspect." With many Wings still arriving back in town, Gustavsson said the fact that there was a large group in Arizona made it appealing. "We felt like that was the best way to prepare," Gustavsson said. "Hopefully, that was a good decision. But I thought we had a pretty good camp there, we had some good skates and some good workouts." Gustavsson said he moved to metro Detroit in September and has been able to get acclimated to the area. Now he and the team will have to get acclimated to playing without Nick Lidstrom. "That would have been great (to play with Lidstrom)," Gustavsson said. "I understand that he had a long career and everyone knows how successful he was, and if this was his time, thats not my opinion to say anything about that, but of course I would be thrilled to play with him, but at least I got a chance to be with him in the Olympics. That was fun."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Pavel Datsyuk impresses at KHL All Star Game Skills Competition Shootout

Pavel Datsyuk made the decision to participate in the KHL All Star weekend instead of returning to the U.S. right away to get ready for the Red Wings training camp.  At first I was worried, but he doesn’t need training camp.  These moves just continue to show that he is in mid-season form and his performances in the KHL have been awesome.  I can’t wait to see him back in a...

Detroit Red Wings: Post-Lockout Plans

Zetterberg will be announced as Detroit’s next captain after years of grooming for the role. Picture from Getty Images. By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) With the players expected to ratify a memorandum of understanding later today, all NHL fans can breathe a sigh of relief. There will be hockey. Some can stop watching football, basketball, or whatever substandard program has become the...

Red Wings will start selling single-game tickets on Thursday, go w/ ‘Thanks for Sticking With Us’

From the Red Wings' PR department: RED WINGS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 SCHEDULE… Fee-Free Single Game Tickets On Sale Thursday … Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2012-13 schedule that has the Wings playing 48 games in 99 days as Detroit looks to extend its 21-season playoff streak, the longest current streak in professional sports.  Detroit...

Red Wings release 2013 schedule

Updated 2x at 10:53 PM: As it turns out, DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen had it down pat. The Red Wings just released their 2013 regular season schedule (per Stephen Brooks on Twitter, the Wings' "calendar view" has national TV info up already) and, as the Free Press's Helene St. James duly noted, this is a 48-games-in-99-nights marathon. I can assure...

Is this the Red Wings’ 2013 schedule? It’s highly likely.

Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings apparently leaked  their 2013 schedule to someone, and DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen snagged it: The condensed 2013 schedule for the Detroit Red Wings will see them play on consecutive days twelve times, with those 24 games counting for fully half of their 48-game slate. Of the twelve times, four sets are in the same city. The Red...

Kulfan offers nuts-and-bolts details regarding Red Wings’ training camp

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan offers news regarding the Red Wings' training camp plans, and updates will follow Kulfan's report: Nothing announced officially from the Red Wings yet, that will come later today, but details regarding the team's Compuware Arena have emerged. The Red Wings will take the ice Sunday from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the NHL rink with doors...

Red Wings Friday practice and gnus round-up post

Updated at 3:57 PM with Darren Helm having "tweaked something": So I've been gone for a while, but I'm back. One does not take a three-month hiatus from covering a sport they love for an extended period of time without extenuating circumstances occurring, and all I can offer you is the plain old truth: a nasty virus abated in October, but was followed by a severe...

Datsyuk, Kovalchuk plan to be in KHL All-Star Game

APNewsNow. Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is expected to play in the KHL All-Star Game in Russia on Sunday. Datsyuk is one of a number of players who went to the Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout. Now that players and owners have reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout, the KHL has needed to replace several selections to its All-Star Game. But a spokesman for...

Spiffy: Khan reports that the Wings’ training camp will be open to the public

From MLive's Ansar Khan:   Red Wings training camp at Compuware Arena will be open to the public, GM Ken Holland said. Details coming later. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 11, 2013 DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms that the Compuware portion of camp will be open to the public: Yes, the #RedWings will hold training camp at Compuware...

Red Wings overnight report: today, the Wings begin to ‘answer questions’ in more ways than one

Like everything else that transpired over the course of the NHL's third and most unnecessary lockout, things went ass-backwards on Saturday, and involved a delay that could only involve lawyers trying to rack up as many billable hours as possible. First came the CBA's ratification (with more than a few abstentions) by the NHLPA, and, late on Saturday evening, the NHL and...

Red Wings overnight report: on getting down to training camp basics and the Griffins’ Great Skate

In the words of my father, I feel like an "old fart" for saying this, but a month short of my 35th birthday, I'll let those of you who are too young to remember the 1994-95 season know the best and worst parts of a truncated 48-game schedule: The best part is that it is a seemingly endless 3-month run of games, games, more games, injuries galore thanks to the condensed...

Khan: Mike Knuble’s been invited to the Red Wings’ abbreviated training camp

MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings have decided to give 40-year-old Mike Knuble a thank-you for helping out the Grand Rapids Griffins...and they're giving him a chance to finish his career with the team he wanted to finish his career playing for: Veteran forward Mike Knuble, 40, will be attending Detroit Red Wings training camp on a tryout. The 6-foot...

Ilitches apologize to fans on Red Wings.com

The NHL is back…almost.  Games are scheduled to resume some time this month, so owners, players and everyone involved with the lockout are reaching out to the fans to beg for their mercy. Today, it was Red Wings owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, who extended their apology on redwings.nhl.com. Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch, I am very thankful for everything you have done with the city of...

Mark Spizzirri: Not an ideal time for a changing of the guard

A letter from Red Wing ownership to the citizens of Hockeytown: Dear Red Wings Fans, In our now 30 years of owning the Red Wings franchise, we have experienced many ups and downs. No situation is more frustrating, though, than working through the process of establishing a new collective bargaining agreement. We join the rest of our organization today in thanking fans of Hockeytown...

NHL.com offers a Red Wings season preview in video form

NHL.com's Dan Rosen offers a Red Wings preview in video form:  
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.