DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings ended a third straight season without a postseason bid, counting on a core of players 24 years old and younger to end the postseason drought next...
Buffalo Sabres (32-39-10, seventh in the Atlantic Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (32-39-10, sixth in the Atlantic Division)
Bertuzzi stays hot as Red Wings beat Penguins 4-1
DETROIT (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins came up empty when they tried to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night.
Tyler Bertuzzi led the way for the Detroit Red Wings once...
Pittsburgh Penguins (43-25-11, third in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (31-38-10, sixth in the Atlantic Division)
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are playing their best hockey of the season while perhaps hurting their chances of winning the NHL draft lottery.
Mantha scores in OT, Red Wings beat Golden Knights 3-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anthony Mantha acknowledges he has had a rough season, with "ups and downs" he's had to learn from, especially after missing 15 games with a hand injury midway through the...
Kucherov powers Lightning past Red Wings 3-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was another memorable night for Nikita Kucherov, Vinny Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kucherov scored twice while breaking Tampa Bay's single-season record for...
Konecny’s OT goal lifts Flyers past Red Wings 6-5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny and the Philadelphia Flyers were able to exhale after almost improbably coughing up two points.
Konecny scored his second goal of the game 1:27 into overtime and Philadelphia bounced back from squandering a big lead to beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 on Saturday.
"It feels good to get that one, especially when you have the thought of maybe losing a game that you should have," Konecny said.
Capitals rally in third to edge Red Wings 3-2
DETROIT (AP) — On another fruitless night for their power play, the Washington Capitals needed scoring from some unlikely sources.
Michal Kempny and Travis Boyd scored in the third period, and the Capitals snapped their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Kempny's winner came with 3:52 remaining. It was his fifth goal of the season, and Boyd scored his fourth.
Blue Jackets start strong, end with 7-5 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — John Tortorella hopes his team learned a lesson.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals to help the Columbus Blue Jackets hold on for a 7-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after the first period and led by four goals early in the second. They started to coast and it almost cost them.
"Things are never safe in this league anymore," Tortorella said. "You have to stay within your system and you still have to check. It turned into a slop fest."
Dylan Larkin scores in OT as Red Wings beat Devils 3-2
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings are gaining confidence with each win.
Rallying on the road sure helps.
Larkin scored 4:09 into overtime, Jonathan Bernier stopped 38 shots and the Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.
Larkin got his eighth goal of the season when he converted a 2-on-1 break with Anthony Mantha. It was Detroit's fifth victory in its last six games.
Green leads Red Wings to 6-1 win over Coyotes
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are playing inspired hockey after a sluggish start to the season.
Defenseman Mike Green had a goal and two assists and the Red Wings extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Detroit has won seven of its last eight to get back to .500 (8-8-2) after a 1-7-2 start.
Mantha scores twice, Red Wings top Canes 4-3 in shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Detroit trailed Carolina by two goals heading into the third period. Turns out, the Red Wings had the Hurricanes right where they wanted them.
Anthony Mantha scored twice and Frans Nielsen netted the deciding goal in the shootout as the Red Wings erased a two-goal deficit for the third straight game and beat the Hurricanes 4-3 Saturday night.
"That's kind of our sweet spot right now," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "Maybe next game, we'll start down two."
Red Wings get first home win, 4-2 over Stars
DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha had a goal called back before scoring anyway and the Detroit Red Wings won at home for the first time this season with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Mantha, who has struggled early in the season, had an apparent power-play goal disallowed in the first period because it was ruled he kicked it in.
Red Wings lean on 22-year-old Dylan Larkin to lead new era
DETROIT RED WINGS
LAST SEASON: 30-39-13, 73 points. Fifth place in Atlantic Division.
COACH: Jeff Blashill (104-105-37, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: F Thomas Vanek, G Jonathan Bernier, F Filip Zadina, assistant coach Dan Bylsma.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with Anthony Mantha.
The Red Wings announced the move with the restricted free agent Wednesday, keeping the 23-year-old wing after he led the team with 24 goals last season.
Mantha had 48 points in 80 games last season. He has 43 goals and 44 assists in two-plus seasons with the Red Wings. Detroit drafted him 20th overall in 2013.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday.
Detroit re-signed Bertuzzi with a $2.8 million, two-year deal and Frk with a $1.05 million, one-year contract.
The 23-year-old Bertuzzi had 24 points in 48 games last season in Detroit. He is a nephew of former NHL player Todd Bertuzzi. The 24-year-old Frk had 25 points in 68 games with the Red Wings.
Detroit — Anthony Mantha's plan for the summer?
Mantha is heading to take boxing lessons.
Not for the ability to be a better fighter, that's not it.
But for the aggression part of it and for the physical benefits, at the suggestion of general manager Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill.
Detroit – With all these young players on the Detroit Red Wings' roster, what everyone wants to see is steady development.
That has been the case this season for Anthony Mantha.
There have been glitches, sure. Mantha hasn't been immune from stern criticism from coach Jeff Blashill.
But Mantha leads the Red Wings with 24 goals – he had 17 last season – and with 46 points, he has 10 more than a year ago.
Toronto – You can bet the Red Wings' Anthony Mantha will sneak a few peeks at Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk on Saturday night, and watch how van Riemsdyk has mastered the area around the net.
With Tomas Holmstrom long into retirement, van Riemsdyk has taken over as the best net-front player in the NHL.
Detroit — It had been a while, since Feb. 13 to be exact. In terms of games, it was a total of 17, which also puts things in perspective.
So when Dylan Larkin saw the puck go past former teammate and current Philadelphia goalie Petr Mrazek on Tuesday night, it was a relief.
Strong criticism hits home for Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou
Columbus, Ohio – It's rare when Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg appears frustrated with his teammates, but he was after Thursday's 4-0 loss to Vegas.
Zetterberg said there was too much "poke-and-hope," meaning there were young players who needed to play defense honestly, rather than cheat for offensive opportunities.
Detroit — Looking at Anthony Mantha, hearing his voice, this wasn't the way Mantha would have preferred it happen.
Mantha scored his 20th goal of the season in the second period of Sunday's 3-2 loss to Toronto.
But there's the rub. The Red Wings lost. In the final 30 seconds, no less.
Certainly reaching the milestone of 20 goals didn't feel quite as good.
Auston Matthews gives Maple Leafs 3-2 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — To Jeff Blashill, the outcome came down to one simple fact.
"They made one more play than us," the Detroit coach Blashill said.
To Toronto center Auston Matthews, it came down to persistence.
"We've got a lot of chances the last couple of games," Matthews said. "We had some pretty good chances tonight, the puck just wouldn't go in.
"It was nice to finally finish it off there with a half a minute left."
Tatar leads Red Wings to 5-4 OT win against Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments, it looked as if the Detroit Red Wings were headed for another embarrassing loss. Then Tomas Tatar stepped up again.
Tatar scored his second goal of the game 2:47 into overtime, and the Red Wings escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Detroit had dropped three in a row. It blew a 5-2 third-period lead against the New York Islanders on Friday and lost 7-6 in overtime.
DeBrincat’s hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Detroit 5-1
DETROIT (AP) — Alex DeBrincat has been one of the few bright spots this season for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 20-year-old rookie had his second hat trick, and the Blackhawks chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard in the first period on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings on Thursday night. DeBrincat, a Farmington Hills native, also had an assist in his return to the area where he was born.
Detroit — Nearly two weeks ago the Red Wings visited Chicago and soundly defeated the Blackhawks, who seemed more concerned about their impending five days off for a bye week.
Thursday, the Red Wings returned the favor.
With the All-Star break beginning Friday, the Red Wings appeared mentally on vacation in a 5-1 loss to Chicago.
This one will sting for a while, until the hockey season resumes early next week.
Detroit — Opponents have appeared to have caught on to what the Red Wings are doing on the power play.
So now it's the Red Wings' move to counter, and they began doing so during Friday's practice.
Coach Jeff Blashill tweaked both power play units, putting Andreas Athanasiou and Martin Frk with Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha and Niklas Kronwall — and inserting Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Mike Green.
Chicago — The Red Wings don't get to see the Chicago Blackhawks much in the NHL schedule matrix.
The Blackhawks certainly don't look like the three-time Stanley Cup champions they used to be.
The Red Wings dominated Sunday afternoon, soundly defeating Chicago 4-0 at a mostly quiet United Center.
Bertuzzi scores as Red Wings beat Blackhawks 4-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi made a big play in front of the net and Dominic Turgeon contributed on the penalty kill.
A couple of familiar names helped the Detroit Red Wings to a nice road win.
Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist, and Detroit beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Sunday.
"I thought it was a pretty complete game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
Bob Wojnowski, Ted Kulfan and Gregg Krupa take a look at the Red Wings at the midseason break.
At 17-17-7, the Wings are six points out of the wild-card position and in danger of missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons after a 25-year stretch of postseason success.
Here are some highlights from Red Wings Report: Midseason grades.
Red Wings beat Panthers 4-2 for 4th straight win
DETROIT (AP) — Although the Detroit Red Wings are on their longest winning streak of the season, they've allowed quite a few shots on goal over these past four games.
Jimmy Howard has turned aside enough of them.
Howard made 38 saves, and Anthony Mantha and Gustav Nyquist scored in the third period to lift the Red Wings to their fourth straight victory, 4-2 over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Howard has played in every game of Detroit's modest streak, stopping 145 of 151 shots.
Detroit – That long homestand before the holidays didn't go very well for the Detroit Red Wings.
But this one is going quite well.
The Red wings won their fourth consecutive game during this stretch at Little Caesars Arena Friday, defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2.
The Red Wings improved to 17-16-7 (41 points) and close out this five-game homestand Sunday against NHL-leading Tampa Bay.
The Red Wings have won five straight overall at LCA.
Bertuzzi looks to bring energy to Zetterberg’s line
Detroit — With the Red Wings stuck in a terrible slump, and their playoff hopes diminishing daily, it was time for more tweaking.
This one appeared to be with an eye toward the future.
Coach Jeff Blashill put forward Tyler Bertuzzi on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist at Thursday's practice.
Bertuzzi is scheduled to stay there for Friday's game against the New York Rangers, and also will replace Anthony Mantha on the net-front on one of the power-play units.
Daley gets go-ahead goal in 3rd, Red Wings top Islanders 6-3
NEW YORK (AP) — After so many close losses recently, the Detroit Red Wings were glad to get a win when they didn't play their best.
Trevor Daley scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Red Wings rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-3 on Tuesday night for just their third victory in 13 games.
Detroit — Both Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha are in offensive slumps, so it doesn't have much to do in terms of that.
But Athanasiou's work ethic and approach have been really good lately while Mantha's game the latter half against Toronto fell.
So coach Jeff Blashill made a subtle change in the lines at Monday's practice, promoting Athanasiou to a line with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar, while Mantha was bumped to the fourth line with David Booth and Martin Frk.
Detroit — Andreas Athanasiou's time on ice is up, especially in recent games, and Anthony Mantha is playing increased minutes so far this season.
It is a sign that the all-important development of the Red Wings potential stars is proceeding.
Mantha is averaging 17:19 per game, and in a few recent games he has played as much as 19 and 20 minutes. It is a healthy increase from an average of 15:54 last season.
Detroit – Gustav Nyquist has worked hard during some strong efforts in games this season, hustling in pursuit of goals, more offense and the "finishing" that the Red Wings could use to win more close games.
Nyquist's reward around the net has not always been just.
Against the Jets on Tuesday, however, good fortune prevailed. Nyquist's big, three-point night helped the Wings take flight against the offensively powerful Jets.
Detroit — The day after one of their more convincing wins of the season, a 5-1 victory over the high-powered Jets on Tuesday, the Red Wings hit the ice for a vigorous, physical practice without their captain, Henrik Zetterberg.
But no worries.
"Oh, he's fine," Jeff Blashill said Wednesday, of the 37-year-old Zetterberg, who is immersed in the longest stretch without a goal in his career, 21 games. "Just a maintenance day today."
Detroit — Four months into his 21st year as general manager of the Red Wings, Ken Holland would like to see his club win more of the games in which they play well enough to tempt victory, only to leave the ice with a point or none.
But, as Holland said before the season, they are a team hunting for a playoff berth and hoping to perform better as the season progresses.
Anthony Mantha has been good vs. Canadiens; Blashill seeks overall greatness
Detroit – Here's a sure sign the Montreal Canadiens were in town Thursday, minutes after an optional morning skate was completed:
There was a large swarm of media around forward Anthony Mantha.
Mantha, 23, has been in the NHL for two seasons, but he is from Longueuil, Quebec ("20 minutes from the Bell Centre," Mantha said), and had a phenomenal career in the Quebec junior league.
So Montreal remains intrigued about one of its native sons.
Detroit — Scrambling back furiously from a 3-1 deficit at 6:12 of the third period, the Red Wings ended up losing 4-3 in overtime to the Nerw Jersey Devils on Saturday.
It is the fourth consecutive loss for the Wings. three of those in overtime.
Brian Gibbons beat Jimmy Howard from point-blank range in overtime, after intercepting a Wings pass from the sideboards in their own zone that nearly launched an attack up ice.
Detroit – Anthony Mantha's phone was blowing up a half-hour after Wednesday night's game.
By then, coach Jeff Blashill's critical comments about Mantha – basically saying Mantha has to play better for the Red Wings – were all over social media.
"People tweet you and then you're wondering what is happening because you don't see the comments," Mantha said after Thursday's practice.
But once Mantha read and heard the comments, he understood where Blashill was coming from.
Detroit — Was the Edmonton Oilers getting soundly beaten Tuesday by the St. Louis Blues a good or bad thing for the Red Wings?
It'll be interesting to see how the Oilers react Wednesday after losing 8-3 to the powerful Blues, and losing their third consecutive game, and five of their last six.
Edmonton has allowed 14 goals in the last two games, and there aren't many areas of its overall game that are going well.
But the Red Wings are leery heading into the traditional Thanksgiving Eve game.
Detroit — The Red Wings' offensive success is not all up to Henrik Zetterberg this season
Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha are taking take larger roles in the lineup and the Wings have more secondary scoring.
Detroit — Sure, after the Detroit Red Wings' victory over Calgary on Wednesday night, the "old-time hockey" brawl was the hot topic among fans.
But that brawl overshadowed the performance of the Red Wings' young stars Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and, especially, Anthony Mantha.
Each had three points – Athanasiou and Mantha both scored two goals – and the Flames had no way to slow the fast and skilled young players.