The Red Wings back up Jonas Gustavsson will be out for at least two months after suffering a separated shoulder at the end of Wednesdays game against the New York Rangers.
Gustavsson who was off to a good start as the back up to Jimmy Howard will be replaced by Detroit’s top goalie prospect, Petr Mrazek. Mrazek has appeared in 11 NHL games and has a respectable 1.80 GAA and .926 save percentage.
“I think he’s a real good goalie. He’s really good with the puck,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock on Fox Sports Detroit. “He hasn’t had the kind of start he’s wanted in the American Hockey League. He’s going to get an opportunity to play in a game that Gus was going to play and you have to show you can win in the league.”
RED WINGS TO HONOR MILITARY
Tonight’s game at the Joe Louis Arena against the New Jersey Devils will be Military Appreciation Night. Members of the military and their families were hosted by the Red Wings for a special lunch as well as the morning skate . They will also be in attendance for the game.
The Red Wings will wear special camouflage jerseys during warm-ups and the jerseys will then be auctioned off with the proceeds going towards military members as well as their families.
JURCO SCRATCHED FOR 2ND GAME IN A ROW
Tomas Jurco will be scratched again tonight after getting off to a horrendous start to the season where he has only provided two assists. He has had many chances but the puck just isn’t going in for him.
Jurco is a young player in his second year in the NHL so there isn’t too much to worry about but with his size and talent he should be able to produce a lot more.
“I think I still have a long way and a lot of work to do to get respect in this league,” Jurco said. “It’s just a little different; last year it went in for me and this year it’s not going in.”
CLEARY HOPING TO STAY IN THE LINEUP
On Wednesday night, Dan Cleary made the most of his opportunity as he returned to the Red Wings line up for the first time this year. He was able to score the tying goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundquist in the second period of a game where the Red Wings would eventually end up losing in overtime.
Babcock inserted Cleary into the lineup because he was looking for more leadership after the 3-1 loss to Ottawa and that is something that Cleary brings to the Red Wings in large doses.
“He’s huge, even when he’s not playing he’s a very big part on our team and we need him,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg. “He played well. This is his first one. He skated well, he was good with the puck, played some good PK and obviously huge goal for our club.
AROUND THE NHL
Forward Daniel Winnik sustained a head injury early in the first period of the Toronto Maples Leafs’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday but should be fine.
“It’s one of those situations where you’re expecting a lot worse and he isn’t any worse for wear,” Carlyle said. Winnik was taken off the ice on a stretcher after landing on his head while still wearing a helmet following a collision at center ice with Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda just across the Colorado blue line 45 seconds into the game.
Winnik didn’t appear to be moving as he lay on the ice and was being attended to by medical staff, but he was blinking his eyes and moving the fingers on his right hand after being strapped to the stretcher.”After I just watched it I didn’t think it was that bad,” Carlyle said. “The bad part about it was he was out of it. He didn’t move. That left everybody gasping.”
- Derek Carnevale