Mantha, Bertuzzi lead Red Wings over Predators 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings got their season off to a winning start.
Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice and had two assists to lead the Red Wings to a 5-3 victory over the...
KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist to help the United States rout Denmark 7-1 on Saturday for the Americans' fourth straight victory during preliminary play at the...
Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman to retain coach Jeff Blashill
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the Detroit Red Wings hiring Steve Yzerman as general manager (all times local):
Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman says he will...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will lead the U.S. at the men's world hockey championship next month in Slovakia.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings announced a two-year contract extension with coach Jeff Blashill on Tuesday, giving their young leader a vote of confidence in a rebuild that will now include...
Mantha’s 1st NHL hat trick helps Red Wings beat Bruins 6-3
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.
Bertuzzi’s OT winner leads Red Wings to 5-4 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The playoffs may be well beyond reach, but the Detroit Red Wings are showing some fight at the end of another disappointing season.
Athanasiou scores twice, Red Wings top Rangers 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — The Red Wings will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive year, but they're trying to develop a strong foundation for next season.
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...
Athanasiou-led Red Wings top Rangers 3-2 in SO minus Larkin
DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou provided plenty of offense to make up for the loss of two key players.
Athanasiou scored in the third period and had the only goal in a shootout , lifting...
Red Wings recall Zadina from Grand Rapids
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings recalled first-round draft pick Filip Zadina from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Zadina, whom Detroit took with the sixth pick in...
Struggling Red Wings snap 3-game skid beating Predators 3-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Goalie Jimmy Howard feels really, really comfortable playing at Bridgestone Arena.
Howard made 32 saves with a handful early and a flurry late to help the struggling Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
Red Wings retire Kelly’s jersey, beat Maple Leafs 3-2 in OT
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings had two reasons to celebrate and a possible cause for concern.
Danny DeKeyser scored 2:40 into overtime, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night after it retired Red Kelly's jersey.
Ovi’s 21st hat trick helps Caps to 6-2 rout of Red Wings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Ovechkin entered the night as the NHL's goal leader and stretched his total to 25 through 30 games, halfway to a potential eighth 50-goal season.
Tyler Bertuzzi scores late goal, Red Wings beat Blues 4-3
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi doesn't mind going into areas where there will be more physical play, like in front of the net, the corners and behind the net. That was a good thing for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Bertuzzi broke a tie with 6:53 to go with his second goal of the game and Detroit held on to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 lead.
And his heroics came on Tyler Bertuzzi bobblehead night.
Athanasiou’s OT goal give Red Wings 3-2 win over Bruins
DETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou has become a more consistent player this season, and the score sheet is starting to reflect it.
Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old Athanasiou leads Detroit with nine goals, including five with three assists in his past six games.
Anderson stops 2 penalty shots, Senators beat Red Wings 2-1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Detroit coach Jeff Blashill was quick to credit Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson.
Anderson stopped two third-period penalty shots and Drake Batherson scored in his NHL debut to help the Senators beat the Red Wings 2-1 on Thursday night.
"Those are real players taking the penalty shots, so good for Craig Anderson," Blashill said. "He's been a good goalie in the league for a long time. He made two critical plays at critical moments."
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 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.
Red Wings hire Dan Bylsma as assistant coach
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Bylsma is returning to the state where he was born — and where he won the Stanley Cup as a visiting coach.
Red Wings Report: Top 5 prospects, NHL draft preview
John Niyo, Ted Kulfan and Gregg Krupa take a look at the future of the Red Wings after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
Here are some of the highlights from the postseason edition of Red Wings Report.
► 2:45: GM Ken Holland on returning to the playoffs
Detroit — Standing amid the tatters of a misused season and asked to consider the Red Wings' final game, which included yet another multiple-goal lead blown in yet another one-goal loss, Henrik Zetterberg said, "Well, we've seen this before."
Red Wings’ Mantha to take up boxing in offseason
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.
Red Wings bringing back coach Jeff Blashill for 4th season
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth season, sticking with him while they rebuild after missing the postseason for the second year in a row.
"I'm big on experience," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after announcing the decision on Tuesday.
Jeff Blashill to return as Red Wings head coach
Detroit — Jeff Blashill is returning for a fourth season as the Red Wings' head coach.
General manager Ken Holland announced the decision to bring back Blashill during Tuesday's locker room clean-out day.
Blashill, 44, coached the Red Wings into the playoffs his first season as head coach, but the team has missed the playoffs the last two years after 25 consecutive trips into the playoffs.
Blashill: Red Wings adapted to forechecking game
Detroit — The Red Wings have begun the process of transitioning to a hard, forechecking style, along with utilizing their speed, both items so important in today's NHL.
Coach Jeff Blashill, expected to return for a fourth season, stated several times Saturday how the Red Wings are transitioning to a different way of playing the game.
But, with all this happening, Justin Abdelkader had to smile just a bit after Saturday's season-ending game against the New York Islanders.
Jeff Blashill will coach U.S. at world championships again
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has been named head coach of the 2018 U.S. men's national team, it was announced Monday. The team will compete in the IIHF world championships May 4-20 in Denmark.
This is the second consecutive year Blashill will head the U.S. national team. Last year, Blashill led the Americans to a fifth-place finish in the world championships in Germany and France, on a team that included Dylan Larkin and Jimmy Howard.
Wojo: Wings’ hopes hang on Holland’s ability to rebuild
Detroit — He collected picks and pieces, and at the end of another losing season, there were signs of development from young players. Essentially, that's the only formula that matters for the Red Wings right now, and that's why Ken Holland is back as GM, and why coach Jeff Blashill is expected back, too.
Krupa: Blashill has been Red Wings’ rock amid decline
Detroit – Say what you will about Jeff Blashill, he is tough.
Whether it is having grown up the son of a Detroit police officer, enduring all the goals against and disappointment of his years striving to be a professional goalie, the fortitude of repeatedly uprooting his family in search of good coaching positions around the country or another reason, Blashill's molded constitution gives him even keel.
Red Wings’ Frk learning need to shore up defensively
Detroit — At the start of the season, Martin Frk's status as a regular in the Red Wings' lineup remained unclear.
By the end of the season, it is clear he is regularly on the fourth line.
Call it what you may. But it is progress for the forward with the heavy, heavy shot who will never be among the Wings' savvier defensive forwards.
Frk is still here. He wants to stay.
He realizes some things must improve, and says that Jeff Blashill has made that clear.
Red Wings playing for ‘pride in winged wheel’ in finale
Detroit – It has been a tough year, and the Detroit Red Wings have been thinking more about next season than the playoffs for a few weeks.
The Red Wings will enter the last game of their season Saturday with 39 losses in regulation. They have not lost that many games in 32 years, since they went 17-57-6 in 1985-86.
But Jeff Blashill still has expectations for the 7 p.m. game against the New York Islanders.
Wings boost draft status with loss to Canadiens
Detroit — Many Red Wings fans will be happy with Thursday's result, as the team finally got a hang of this "tanking" thing.
The Red Wings finally got back into the loss column with a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, presumably pleasing some fans who are eyeing a better draft position.
The Red Wings (30-39-12) now have a one-point lead on Montreal (71 points), and could dip below the 26th overall spot they're in now, depending on how results go these final two days of the regular season.
Red Wings’ Booth relishing hometown flourish to career
Detroit — This will be a special weekend for David Booth.
The Red Wings' forward, who made the team out of training camp while on a tryout, was scheduled to be in the lineup Thursday against Montreal and is likely to play Saturday against the New York Islanders when the Wings finish the season.
Booth, 33, hasn't played much (26 games, 4 goals, 1 assist), but has been an important figure in the locker room, offering perspective to younger players.
Columbus — If the Red Wings are to get where they want to be, back among the NHL elite, they'll do so by learning from these types of nights.
Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Columbus was a classic example of what has often hurt the Red Wings this season.
The Wings held a 4-1 lead and had complete control of the game, then self-destructed.
"We stopped playing the right way," coach Jeff Blashill said.
Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha becoming a more consistent force
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.
Glendening scores twice to lift Red Wings over Penguins 5-2
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are a team in transition, and that was evident Tuesday night.
Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for his 400th point, while rookie defenseman Joe Hicketts, playing his second NHL game, grabbed a pair of assists for his first career points as the Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
"It's neat for sure," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's good. I thought a number of our young players played well."
Ken Holland will return as Red Wings general manager
Detroit – Ken Holland will return as Detroit Red Wings general manager next season, a source familiar with the organization's plans told The Detroit News on Tuesday.
The source requested anonymity because the team has not made a formal announcement regarding its leadership plans for next season.
Head coach Jeff Blashill is likely to return to the Red Wings, the source told The News.
‘Getting old’; Red Wings grind, wilt under Maple Leafs’ crush
Toronto — They keep playing hard, the Red Wings do, they keep making opponents sweat and never make it easy.
But the Red Wings keep losing, too.
Saturday was typical of many games lately, the Red Wings playing hard, leading a good portion of the game, controlling the game — but ultimately losing to the talented Maple Leafs 4-3.
Nazem Kadri tapped in Patrick Marleau's pass off a 2-on-1 rush past goalie Jimmy Howard for the Leafs Kadri's 29th goal, snapping a 3-3 tie with 7:26 left.
Blashill: Young players need to earn ice time
Detroit – Earn your time.
It is the instruction to every recent arrival to the Red Wings from Grand Rapids.
They repeat it for as long as a few seasons or until the player has either not worked out, or is comfortable enough to regard maintaining his time on ice the issue, rather than attaining it.
Mike Babcock used to tell them that. They hear it, a lot, from management along the way.
Krupa: Trotz would be good fit with Red Wings
Detroit — Jeff Blashill has not had enough talent on the Red Wings roster for at least two of this three seasons and, for that reason and perhaps others, he has among the most difficult tasks for the head coach of the Wings since the 1980s.
Barry Trotz could be excused for nearly thinking, at times, that he had too much talent on the roster in Washington.
Trotz's resources compared to the Capitals playoff results have made his job as head coach tough, too.
‘Heavy’ play will earn Svechnikov more ice time with Wings
Detroit — Even when describing the goal afterward, again and again, the smile wasn't disappearing from Evgeny Svechnikov's face.
This wasn't really work. Svechnikov was retelling the description of his first NHL goal. No wonder the smile never left.
Krupa: Red Wings are on historic losing skid
Detroit — It feels like a low ebb.
Unfortunately, rebuilding can seem like that repeatedly before the job is finally done.
A losing streak of historic note, tied for 12th longest in the 92-year history of the Red Wings, is providing a macabre chapter in the disappointing story of decline that began a couple of seasons before Mike Babcock sought a roster with more talent.
The ignominy, mixed with the uncertain futures of GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill, is no way to end a season.
‘Bright spot’ Tyler Bertuzzi gives Red Wings hope for future
Looking for someone to make you feel optimistic about the Red Wings' future?
Try forward Tyler Bertuzzi, given how he has played lately.
Playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist Monday in San Jose, Bertuzzi continued his recent hot streak with assists on all three goals in the Red Wings' 5-3 loss.
That gave Bertuzzi seven points in the last seven games – not counting Thursday's late game in Los Angeles – and was just the latest in a string of impressive games.
Red Wings’ Evgeny Svechnikov knows he needs to work to play
Detroit – Sure he'd like to play more, but Evgeny Svechnikov understands.
The young Red Wings forward, 21, hasn't proven himself in the NHL – far from it – and coach Jeff Blashill's job is to win games.
In his first two games since being called up from Grand Rapids, Svechnikov played 9:09 in his debut against Vegas, then 5:25 Friday in Columbus.
Red Wings’ call-up Svechnikov craving coveted ice time
Columbus, Ohio — Evgeny Svechnikov isn't used to sitting while a hockey game takes place in front of him.
But that's what Svechnikov has been doing in his first two games since being recalled from Grand Rapids after Frans Nielsen (concussion symptoms) was injured.
Svechnikov played 5 minutes, 25 seconds on eight shifts in Friday's 3-2 loss in Columbus, one night after playing 9:09 in his season debut in the loss to Vegas.
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.
Golden Knights top Red Wings 4-0 as Eakin, Tuch score 2 each
DETROIT (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights will need great goaltending, a breadth of scoring options and road wins to make a run in the playoffs.
In a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, the expansion team showed off all three.
Cody Eakin and Alex Tuch scored two goals apiece, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots and Vegas tied an expansion team record with its 19th win as a visitor.
Red Wings fight back but fall to Bruins in OT
Boston — Down by two goals in the first minute, and 4-2 at 3:27 of the second period, the Red Wings could have gone along to get along, in early March, with the playoffs long a dwindling dream.
Not these Wings.
Disappointing season or not, new goalie getting ambushed and not playing well or not, they would not comply.
The Red Wings tied it late in regulation Tuesday on a goal by the underused Martin Frk, but lost 6-5 in overtime, when Brad Marchand scored his third goal of the game.
Red Wings’ Jared Coreau draws start in net vs. Bruins
Boston — Jared Coreau is to start in goal for the Red Wings on Tuesday night against a banged-up Bruins team, and Martin Frk will return to the lineup, coach Jeff Blashill announced Tuesday morning.
"Jared will start in goal tonight," said Blashill, who added this particular start was not necessarily part of a longer-range plan.
Wings keep focus on winning, as playoff hopes fade
Boston — The "just-win" mantra the Red Wings have carried through two disappointing seasons still guides them, Jeff Blashill said.
Forget the mathematics of the playoffs, which have gone from difficult for the Red Wings beginning around Thanksgiving, to dire last month, to almost impossible now.
It is important for teams to win, for athletes to play as if victory is the prized goal, Blashill and Red Wings management agree.