Detroit Red Wings

‘Sloppy’ Red Wings struggling after deadline upgrades


The Detroit Red Wings added some key pieces to their upcoming postseason battle in forward Erik Cole and defenseman Marek Zidlicky, but the initial results since then haven’t been pleasant. They were crushed by Calgary on Friday and, as captain Henrik Zetterberg put it, were “sloppy from the beginning” in yesterday’s 5-3 loss to Boston.

“It’s interesting to me; we added depth to our lineup and we play worse,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, per “So we obviously got to get that fixed because we haven’t been anything close to what we were prior to (the trades).

“(Sunday) we didn’t compete hard enough. You got to give them credit. They were light years better than us.”

Special teams were a major factor in Sunday’s loss as Detroit surrendered a pair of shorthanded goals while the Bruins added an additional two markers with the man advantage.

Despite Detroit’s recent woes, Zidlicky and Cole have gotten off to strong starts in Detroit with the blueliner scoring two goals and Cole recording two assists in the span of three games. Both have a plus-two rating with the Red Wings.

Babcock also doesn’t think the additions have created chemistry problems. Instead, he laid the blame at his feet.

“It all has to do with we’re not doing our jobs,” Babcock said. “Lack of preparation, obviously from a coaching end. Anytime you look like you don’t play hard enough and you’re not organized enough, the players got to look after how hard they play and how they prepare, so that’s on them. But us not having them ready to go is on us.”

At this point the Red Wings are most likely to finish either second or third in the Atlantic Division. It would take a collapse over their last 18 games for them to fall into a Wild Card spot, let alone miss the playoffs entirely, and it would be a remarkable accomplishment if they could up to the division-leading Montreal Canadiens at this point.

So they don’t have a ton left to fight for from a playoff positioning perspective, but they certainly have plenty of work to do to in preparation for the postseason.

Video: Special teams help Bruins over Red Wings


Daniel Paille scored twice as the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.

The Bruins (33-22-10) scored two shorthanded goals and went 2-for-5 on the power play in the win.

Boston now has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Bruins also have a four-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit (36-17-11) has lost two straight in regulation for the first time this season.

Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson had the other Boston goals while Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves in the win.

Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Marek Zidlicky scored for Detroit.

Pavel Datsyuk had two assists in the loss.

Jonas Gustavsson allowed four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Jimmy Howard to start the third. Howard made six saves in relief.

Sunday was the first time the Red Wings have allowed two shorthanded goals since Jan. 24, 2004.

Boston and Detroit conclude the five-game season series on April 2 in Detroit.

WATCH LIVE: Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins


This afternoon marks the fourth of five meetings between the Red Wings and the Bruins. Boston has won two of the first three between the two clubs.

The Bruins have points in four straight while the Red Wings failed to pick up at least a point for the first time since Feb. 24 with a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Puck drop is at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on NBC or live online via’s Live Extra.


Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

(Video) PHT Extra: Why would Babcock leave the Wings now?

Marchand leads the Bruins over the Flyers

Report: Red Wings, Leafs might still talk about Phaneuf this summer

NHL on NBC: Boston looks for a third straight win against Detroit

NHL on NBC: Boston looks for a third straight win against Detroit


NBC continues its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden this afternoon at 12:30 pm ET. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.

The Boston Bruins will look for a third straight win over the Detroit Red Wings this season when the two teams meet at the TD Garden this afternoon.

The Bruins have points in four straight including the first three games of their four-game home stand.

Boston (32-22-10) won in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon maintaining space between themselves and the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Trailing 2-1, Brad Marchand scored with 14.1 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. The Bruins’ forward then netted the overtime winner as Boston edged Philly 3-2.

The Bruins have a two point lead on the Panthers for the second wild card spot and have two games in hand.

Detroit (36-16-11) will look to avoid its first back-to-back regulation losses this season. Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 23 shots as the Red Wings lost 5-2 to the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Detroit has not dropped back-to-back in regulation since March 25-27 of last year.

The Wings, who are currently the third seed in the Atlantic Division, have a nine-point lead and a game in hand on the Bruins.

Jonas Gustavsson, who is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his last two meetings with Boston, gets the start for Detroit.

Tuukka Rask has a 1.97 goals-against average in his last five starts, but has appeared in 21 of Boston’s last 22 games and could get the day off Sunday in favor of backup Niklas Svedberg.

Detroit won its season opener against Boston 2-1 on Oct. 9, but has since dropped two straight while being out-scored 8-4.

The two teams meet for a fifth and final time on April 2 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

Report: Red Wings, Leafs might still talk about Phaneuf this summer


As the trade deadline drew to its conclusion on Monday, there were reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings were working on a trade involving captain Dion Phaneuf.

That never happened and Detroit instead acquired blueliner Marek Zidlicky from New Jersey, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Phaneuf won’t be wearing a Red Wings jersey in the future. It’s thought that Red Wings GM Ken Holland decided it would be better to postpone the talks until the summer given that they weren’t going anywhere in the short time frame that they had, according to the Ottawa Sun.

“What usually happens is these trades get too big to do at the deadline,” a league executive told the Sun.

“It’s OK for the Leafs because they’re going nowhere this year and trying to rebuild. The Wings have something pretty good going.”

Phaneuf’s $7 million annual cap hit through 2020-21 is believed to be a complication, though not necessarily an insurmountable one. Detroit might move forward Stephen Weiss to Toronto help mitigate the cap burden. The Red Wings also reportedly pushed for the Leafs to retain some of Phaneuf’s salary when they talked last, so they might ask for that again should talks resume over the summer.