News: Niemi allowed three goals on 35 shots Thursday in a loss to the Red Wings.
Impact: He had a 2-1 lead deep into the third period, but Niemi ended up allowing a pair of goals to flip the script and take the loss. At least he provided decent rate stats while taking his sixth loss in his last eight starts.
News: Couture has been fined $5,000 by the NHL on Friday for tripping Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players' Association.
Impact: Couture came from behind and used his skate to knock Smith to the ice in the third period of Detroit's 3-2 victory on Thursday night. He was called for tripping on the play, while Smith was assessed a hooking penalty.