Time for another Red Wings injury update.
OK, here goes:
— Mike Green is out 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury. That means he’s likely to miss the Nov. 10 game against his former team, the Washington Capitals.
— Kyle Quincey (concussion) is out through the weekend. Detroit hosts Carolina tomorrow, Ottawa Friday, then plays in Ottawa Saturday.
— Brad Richards is spending today seeing a specialist in New York about his lower-back issue. The injury is not believed to be serious, according to GM Ken Holland, but the club will err on the side of caution.
— Pavel Datsyuk practiced a bit with the team today, but left halfway through the skate. Don’t expect him back until next month.
All those updates via MLive’s Ansar Khan on Twitter.
New Jerseys forward Tuomu Ruutu is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured foot.
The fracture was originally diagnosed as a bruise. Ruutu hasn’t played since Oct. 16. He has no points in three games.
Earlier today, the Devils claimed forward Bobby Farnham off waivers from Pittsburgh.
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.
Kuznetsov paced the NHL with six assists and nine points – and also shared the League lead with a +5 rating – as the Capitals (6-1-0, 12 points) won all three of their games.
Markov shared first among defensemen with 1-5-6 as the Canadiens (9-0-0, 18 points) won all three of their contests to extend the franchise’s best start in its 98-year NHL history.
Quick posted a 2-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout as the Kings (5-3-0, 10 points) extended their winning streak to five games.
On Thursday, PHT asked Capitals coach Barry Trotz about Kuznetsov. Read it here if you haven’t had a chance yet.
The New Jersey Devils have claimed forward Bobby Farnham off waivers from Pittsburgh.
Farnham is a 26-year-old winger who’s played just 14 career games in the NHL, with no goals and no assists.
Undrafted out of Brown University, Farnham has racked up over 700 PIM in the minors, AHL and ECHL combined.
Farnham is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $575,000 cap hit.
A Devils player has fought three times this season — Jordin Tootoo twice, Kyle Palmieri once.
Ask most people and they’d say things are not looking good for the Colorado Avalanche.
Stuck in the brutally tough Central Division, the Avs (2-4-1) are already six points back of a playoff spot. On Saturday, they lost at home to Columbus, a team that was 0-8-0.
Still, head coach Patrick Roy was trying to stay positive after falling to the Blue Jackets.
“It’s just a matter right now to manage our game a little bit better,” Roy told the Denver Post. “And I think that could make the big difference between losing and winning. Because we’re doing a lot of good things out there. … I think we’re going to be just fine.”
Of course, the Avalanche’s possession stats say otherwise, but we all know what Roy thinks of Corsi.
Colorado begins a three-game road trip Tuesday in Sunrise against the Panthers. Thursday it’s Tampa Bay and Friday it’s Carolina.
The Avs won’t have much of a chance of turning things around if Semyon Varlamov‘s save percentage doesn’t start climbing. Among goalies with at least five starts, only Sergei Bobrovsky (.852) and Tuukka Rask (.854) have lower numbers than Varlamov (.869).
That’s not all on Varlamov, but when a team gets outshot as regularly as the Avs do, the goaltender’s importance is only amplified.
Average shot differential — bottom 5