Tag: Pavel Datsyuk

Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk

Video: Stars like Crosby, Datsyuk want 3-on-3 overtime


Bob McKenzie was in the NBCSN studio on Wednesday at an ideal time, as he was able to add some color to the talk of 3-on-3 overtime and other issues from the NHL GM meetings.

McKenzie passes along some interesting tidbits, especially how Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk and others feel about the idea of having all that extra room in OT.


How close is the NHL to adopting 3-on-3 OT?

Wings send Marchenko to Grand Rapids

Detroit Red Wings v Dallas Stars

The Detroit Red Wings have assigned d-man Alexey Marchenko to AHL Grand Rapids.

The moves leaves the Wings with seven healthy defenseman as they prepare for games Thursday and Friday in Florida (without Pavel Datsyuk).

Marchenko, a right-shooting blue-liner from Russia, has not played since Feb. 28 due to an oblique strain.

On that note, when the Wings acquired veteran right-shooting d-man Marek Zidlicky at the deadline, coach Mike Babcock made sure to say that they still “really like Marchenko” and that they’re “going to make sure he’s playing.”

The Griffins have games this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Related: Zidlicky drawing rave reviews from Red Wings

Video: Special teams help Bruins over Red Wings

David Pastrnak

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.

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

Mike Babcock

Mike Babcock recently called the current version of the Red Wings the “best group I’ve had since ’09.”

He also talked positively about the future of the organization, and how it was set up well for the “long-term.”

Translation: This did not sound like a head coach who was dying to leave Detroit as soon as his contract expired at the end of the season.

At the same time, Babcock still hasn’t signed an extension. And until he does, we’re left to wonder:

— Does he worry about a future without Pavel Datsyuk (36 years old), Henrik Zetterberg (34), and Niklas Kronwall (34)?
— If not Detroit, where might he end up?
— It’s a long shot, but could Connor McDavid potentially play a role in all this?


Related: Three reasons to wonder if Babcock might pick the Flyers

NHL on NBCSN: Reloaded Red Wings, Rangers set to battle tonight

Mats Zuccarello, Danny DeKeyser

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

At this stage of the season, the Red Wings and Rangers have all-but secured a postseason berth and have their eyes on the playoffs. They were both active buyers in the lead up to the trade deadline with the Rangers adding defenseman Keith Yandle and forward James Sheppard while the Red Wings have welcomed blueliner Marek Zidlicky and winger Erik Cole to their ranks. Part of these final weeks of the regular season will be about integrating their new talent and getting into a playoff mindset, but they also have more immediate goals in mind.

Thanks to the parity in the conference, just about any team that makes the playoffs in the east will have a legitimate shot of going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. With the competition that tight, every little edge counts and both the Red Wings and Rangers have a chance to make life much easier for themselves in April and beyond by successfully securing the Atlantic and Metropolitan Division titles respectively.

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The Rangers are in a far better position to take their division going into this game. They’re just one point behind the leading Islanders despite having played in three fewer games. At the same time, the Rangers have to look over their shoulder as Pittsburgh has been surging lately and is just three points shy of overtaking them, making it still entirely conceivable that New York will not only miss out on first place, but also fail to secure the home ice advantage in the first round.

By getting Yandle, the Rangers arguably made the biggest splash in the trade market, so that gives them an advantage over their competition. Coming from Arizona, Yandle is thrilled to be part of a winning team.

“If you just look at the back end out, the Rangers are as strong as any team,” Yandle, who has been paired with Kevin Klein, said. “They are fast up front, have tons of speed and skill, and the goaltending is best in the league. I can’t find a weak flaw in the lineup so it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.”

Detroit’s in a more difficult position as it currently ranks third with 81 points behind Tampa Bay (84) and Montreal (87) in the Atlantic. However, the Red Wings have played in four less games than the Lightning and two fewer than the Canadiens, so they’re not entirely out of the race yet.

Cole and Zidlicky are projected to make their Red Wings’ debut tonight, but the big news out of Detroit is that Henrik Zetterberg (concussion) might be ready to return after skating with the team on Tuesday, per the team’s website. If the practice lines yesterday prove to be accurate, then Zetterberg will play alongside Cole and Justin Abdelkader, while Tomas Jurco, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar will form the other top-two line. Cole’s addition has also given the Red Wings the luxury of moving Gustav Nyquist to the third line. That provides them the depth needed to compete in a lengthy playoff run or, more immediately, take on New York tonight.