Detroit Red Wings Player News: All Positions

News: Ehn returned to the lineup against the Flames on Thursday, two days after sitting out as a healthy scratch.
Impact: Ehn was one of Detroit's best defenders up front as a rookie last year, but he's still searching for his first point this campaign, with a minus-4 rating not helping matters. Adam Erne's upper-body injury cleared the path for Ehn to reenter the lineup against Calgary.
News: DeKeyser (upper body) is out for warmups and is expected to be in the lineup for Thursday's clash with the Flames, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: DeKeyser was upgraded to a game-time call prior to the game, and as evidenced by this news, feels good enough to give it a go. Per Wakiji, he took line rushes during warmups which is a great sign for his availability. With his return, he's expected to be deployed on the top defensive pair with Filip Hronek, and Trevor Daley is expected to exit the lineup.
News: Erne (upper body) didn't take the ice for warmups and won't play in Thursday's game against Calgary, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Erne made an appearance at morning skate despite dealing with an upper-body issue, but as evidenced by this news, will be forced to miss time. Expect the team to monitor Erne on a day-to-day basis, and in his stead for Thursday, Christoffer Ehn is expected to draw into the lineup.
News: Ericsson (upper body), who's still on injured reserve, isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against the Flames, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports.
Impact: Ericsson has yet to play this season due to an upper-body injury and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to make his debut. The 35-year-old vet will need to be activated off IR before joining the lineup, so expect another update on his status once that occurs.
News: Howard will guard the cage during Thursday's road game against the Flames, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Howard was tested early and often in his last start Saturday against Toronto, ultimately surrendering four goals on 40 shots en route to his second loss of the campaign. The 35-year-old American will look to bounce back in a road matchup with a Calgary club that's gone 2-0-1 at home this season.
News: Erne (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's clash with Calgary, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Erne is currently dealing with an upper-body issue, but he was able to skate Thursday morning, which was the first sign that he might be an option against the Flames. If he's able to gut it out, the 24-year-old American will slot into a bottom-six role against Calgary.
News: DeKeyser (upper body) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Thursday's contest versus the Flames, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: DeKeyser was initially expected to sit out Thursday's game, but coach Jeff Blashill's comments at least provide some hope that he will be in uniform. Look for another update on the blueliner's status when the Wings take the ice for pregame warmups this evening.
News: Nemeth (illness) is expected to be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Flames, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Nemeth was originally considered doubtful against Calgary due to an illness, so he's obviously recovered far faster than expected. The 27-year-old blueliner isn't a viable fantasy option due to his complete lack of offensive upside, but he'll continue to be a steady minute-muncher for the Red Wings throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
News: DeKeyser (upper body) isn't expected to dress for Thursday's game against the Flames, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: DeKeyser's injury surfaced before Tuesday's tilt versus the Canucks, allowing Trevor Daley into the pairings for the Red Wings. The blueliner has raced off to a hot start in the early going, collecting four assists through five games, but it would be surprising if he continues anywhere near that pace given his absence from the power play. Barring a quick recovery in the next 24 hours, Friday against the Oilers may serve as Dekeyser's next opportunity to rejoin the action.
News: Nemeth is battling an illness that likely leaves him doubtful to suit up against the Flames, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Nemeth will get another night's rest to potentially get over the bug. With both he and Danny Dekeyser (upper body) both in doubt Thursday, Madison Bowey may be in line to dress for the Red Wings. Fortunately, Nemeth's absence shouldn't have too many fantasy ramifications given his low offensive production.
News: Erne has an upper-body injury, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: During the waning minutes of Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Erne and Troy Stecher had a tussle that resulted in both parties receiving game misconducts. This may have been what caused Erne's injury. His status for Thursday's game against the Flames is uncertain, but fantasy gamers shouldn't be bothered since he's pointless with a minus-4 rating so far.
News: Nielsen (undisclosed) did not register a shot on goal and had two hits with one blocked shot in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday.
Impact: Nielsen missed the previous three games with his undisclosed ailment and received just over 11 minutes of playing time in his return to the lineup. The 33-year-old fills a bottom-six role for the Red Wings, but he chipped in with 10 goals and 35 points a year ago -- his sixth straight season with a double-digit goal total.
News: Daley (upper body) was plus-1 with one blocked shot in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: The 36-year-old was activated off injured reserve prior to Tuesday's game and received just shy of 16 minutes of playing time. Daley has one NHL season with more than 30 points on his resume -- and that was five years ago -- so look elsewhere for fantasy upside.
News: Larkin scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Canucks.
Impact: Larkin broke free in the Vancouver zone and beat Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko just 30 seconds into the game for his second goal of the year. That would be all of the offensive for the Red Wings in this one, however. Larkin, 23, is off to a great start with points in five of six games, totaling two goals and seven points. He also boasts a plus-5 rating. Larkin set career highs of 32 goals and 73 points in 2018-19 and saw his shooting percentage increase from 6.9 percent the previous year to a career-high 11.2. He's a must-own if he can continue to produce at those rates.
News: Bernier allowed five goals on 32 shots in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Impact: Bernier didn't get a ton of help on any of the goals and three of them came on Vancouver power plays. It was the first loss of the season for the 31-year-old, who stopped 52 of 57 shots (.912) in wins over Dallas and Montreal in his previous two starts. Bernier will continue to rotate in for longtime starter Jimmy Howard as needed, although the playing time has been evenly split so far in 2019-20.
News: Daley will take Danny DeKeyser's (upper body) place in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Daley was lifted off injured reserve Tuesday morning after shaking a lower-body injury, but he wasn't expected to play yet. However, DeKeyser's late scratch opens the door for Daley to pair up with Filip Hronek.
News: DeKeyser (upper body) won't suit up for Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: DeKeyser participated in warmups but was unable to take line rushes, so he'll watch this game from the press box. DeKeyser left practice early Tuesday, and now it's clear he has an upper-body issue. Trevor Daley will pair up with Filip Hronek in his place.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) isn't in the projected lineup for Tuesday's road game against the Canucks, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Despite participating in Monday's practice, Ericsson's season debut will be put on hold for now. His next chance to gear up is Thursday's road matchup against the Flames.
News: Detroit activated Daley (lower body) off injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: Although Daley's now presumably healthy, he's not expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Canucks. The veteran blueliner will be a nice rotational option for the Red Wings this season, but he's only totaled eight points in 46 games over the last two campaigns, and won't be a useful fantasy option this year.
News: The Red Wings activated Nielsen (undisclosed) off injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: Nielsen has missed Detroit's last three games due to an undisclosed issue, but he was able to practice Monday, which was the first sign that he might be an option for Tuesday's clash with Vancouver. The 35-year-old vet is expected to center Valtteri Filppula and Adam Erne on the Red Wings' third line again the Canucks.
News: The Red Wings assigned Svechnikov to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Impact: Svechnikov didn't draw into a game in this NHL stint, and he'll head back to the minors to continue his development since Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) is back to full strength. The Red Wings hope Svechnikov -- their 2015 first-round pick (19th overall -- can bounce back from last year's torn ACL and remain a valued member of the team's young corps.
News: Bernier will guard the goal during Tuesday's road game versus the Canucks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Bernier was sharp in his last start Thursday against Montreal, stopping 33 of 35 shots en route to a 4-2 win. The 31-year-old will look to stay dialed in while attempting to pick up his third victory of the season in a road matchup with a Vancouver team that's averaging 3.00 goals per game this campaign, 19th in the NHL.
News: Daley (lower body) practiced with the team Monday, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: The 36-year-old blueliner has missed three games since landing on injured reserve with his lower-body issue. Daley's presence at practice suggests he could return soon, though it's unknown if he'll be ready in time for Tuesday's tilt in Vancouver.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) appeared at practice Monday, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Ericsson has yet to make his season debut as he continues dealing with an unknown injury. His presence at practice means he should be getting close, but it's unclear if he'll be ready for Tuesday's game in Vancouver.
News: Nielsen (undisclosed) was present at practice Monday, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Nielsen has missed the last three games after being placed on injured reserve last week. The 35-year-old center didn't score in the team's first two games. It's unclear when Nielsen will return to the lineup but he'll need to be officially activated first.
News: Green is still looking for his first point of the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Green hasn't garnered a point through five games to start the season. It certainly doesn't help that he's been bumped down to the second defensive pair with Patrik Nemeth, and the supplemental forward corps of Taro Hirose, Andreas Athanasiou and Luke Glendening looks completely lost in the attacking zone. Green's track record speaks for itself -- he's only 10 points away from 500 -- but he'll have to start making better use of his power-play opportunities. Unless you have a super short bench, it's probably worth weathering the storm in regards to Green.
News: Bowey went minus-2 in Saturday's 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs, and he remains pointless on the young season.
Impact: In fairness, Bowey has only drawn into three of five games at the outset of the 2019-20 campaign, but that's a problem of its own. Detroit gave up beloved blueliner Nick Jensen to pry Bowey away from the Capitals last season, and it's rather disconcerting that he's not being iced in every game. Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) and Trevor Daley (lower body) are banged up, but the fear is that Bowey will relinquish playing time to Alex Biega if he doesn't pick up the slack.
News: Nemeth delivered a primary assist in Saturday's 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: This was Nemeth's first point as a Red Wing. He's currently averaging a career-high 21:45 of ice time slotting in on the second pair with veteran Mike Green. Points will be few and far between for Nemeth, as he's more of a shutdown defenseman.
News: Howard made 36 saves in a 5-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night. He allowed four goals.
Impact: The 35-year-old twinetender is in for a long season behind an exciting but inconsistent Wings squad. If there's any consolation for fantasy owners, Howard will likely see a lot of rubber in 2019-20. And that might mean a decent save percentage, simply on volume alone.
News: Abdelkader emerged with a pair of assists in Saturday's 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: You would have to rewind the tapes to Feb. 24, 2019 -- Detroit versus San Jose -- to see the last time Abdelkader whipped up a two-point outing. All of the offense from the Wings came from the bottom-six group in this latest contest, with Abby dishing to Jacob de la Rose and Darren Helm. We'll have to see a whole lot more from the veteran winger to trust him, and that even applies to some of the deeper league formats.
News: De La Rose found twine and pitched in an assist in Saturday's 5-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Oddly enough, the fourth line from each team created the game's first two goals, as De La Rose's first marker of the season was equalized by a slick backhand tally from Nick Shore. De La Rose has a two-game point streak going, but he doesn't play enough to justify picking him up in fantasy leagues.
News: Hronek (undisclosed) will be good to go Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Hronek appeared to be at full speed during warmups. He'll assume a top-pairing role on Detroit's blue line and will be looking to add to his 2019-20 point total. In four appearances this season, the 22-year-old has managed a goal and two assists.
News: Howard will patrol the crease during Saturday's home matchup against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Howard was a little shaky in his last start Tuesday against Anaheim, surrendering three goals on 29 shots en route to a 3-1 defeat. The American backstop will look to bounce back in a tough home matchup with a stacked Toronto offense that's averaging 3.80 goals per game this campaign, ninth in the NHL.
News: According to coach Jeff Blashill, Hronek (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with Toronto, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The Red Wings have yet to reveal any details regarding the specific nature of Hronek's issue, but it doesn't like he's dealing with anything overly serious. If he's unable to go against the Maple Leafs, he should be ready to return Tuesday against Vancouver. Either way, fantasy owners hoping to deploy Hronek on Saturday should plan on checking back shortly before puck drop for confirmation on his status.
News: Mantha came up with the game-winning goal on the power play in Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Mantha slid over to the point on the man advantage and absolutely crushed a one-timer past Carey Price. It's a long season, but the 25-year-old currently has as many goals (six) as Maple Leafs wunderkind Auston Matthews.
News: DeKeyser registered two assists and a plus-3 rating Thursday in a 4-2 road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Despite the relatively high score for the visitors, DeKeyser was the only Red Wing to deliver a two-point performance in this one. The Detroit native is off to a terrific start, as he's unselfishly provided four helpers in just as many games.
News: Helm opened the scoring for the Red Wings in Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Helm carefully tracked the puck off a rebound for his first goal of the young season. Considering he's largely been phased out of the offense in favor of younger wingers, the tally had to have felt great for the 12th-year Red Wing donning No. 43.
News: Filppula set up a Luke Glendening empty-net goal in Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Filppula tried to control the puck in the defensive zone, only for Glendening to take possession and score from long range with less than a minute to go in the contest. Comfortably nested in a third-line role in his second go-around with the Wings, Filppula will have his moments offensively, especially since he's handling duties on the No. 2 power play.
News: Bernier permitted only two goals on 35 shots in Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: The Red Wings have supplied Bernier with eight goals of support between his two starts this season, helping the backup to wins each time out. Since it appears that he's splitting the workload evenly with No. 1 backstop Jimmy Howard, Bernier has tangible value in deep fantasy leagues, but we wouldn't expect him in goal Saturday against the mighty Maple Leafs.
News: Bernier will start Thursday in Montreal, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Bernier will start for the second time in Detroit's first four games. He gave up three goals on just 22 shots against Dallas but still got the win in his season debut. The Canadiens are playing their second game in as many nights but will counter Bernier with starter Carey Price.
News: Larkin produced a secondary assist Tuesday in a 3-1 home loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Despite Detroit's low score at Little Caesars Arena, Larkin still managed to pick up a point for the third straight game. He's cleared 20 minutes of ice time each time out, and the undisclosed injury that threatened to delay his season debut is a distant memory at this point.
News: Hronek smashed a one-timer for his first goal of the season Tuesday, but the Red Wings still lost to the Ducks at home, 3-1.
Impact: The 21-year-old defenseman looks confident, as he collected a goal and two helpers through the first three games. Only the elite offensive blueliners can maintain a point-per-game pace throughout the entire season, but Hronek is poised to enjoy a breakout campaign as a second-year player quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit.
News: Athanasiou returned from an undisclosed injury against the Ducks on Tuesday, recording an assist over 19:11 of ice time in a 3-1 loss.
Impact: The Red Wings applied heavy pressure on the Ducks in the waning moments of the second period, with Athanasiou and Larkin orchestrating a tic-tac-toe sequence for a beautiful one-timer by defenseman Filip Hronek. Double A missed the first two games with an undisclosed injury, but he looked fine in this home contest.
News: Howard allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-1 loss against the Ducks on Tuesday.
Impact: The 35-year-old is attempting to bounce back from some of the worst numbers of his career last season, and he isn't off to the best of starts. Howard has yielded three goals in each of his first two starts of the season, one of which he won and the other he lost. Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier already has a start this season, but Howard should be the Detroit's primary netminder.
News: Kuffner was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Impact: The Red Wings have activated burner Andreas Athanasiou from injured reserve, so Kuffner heads back to the minor league less than 24 hours after his initial call-up. A 23-year-old prospect, Kuffner scored in his season debut with the Griffins last Saturday.
News: The Red Wings assigned Kaski to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Impact: It was a brief stay with the big club for Kaski, who was recalled by the team Monday. The 24-year-old Finn will return to a prominent role with Detroit's minor-league affiliate for the foreseeable future.
News: Howard will post up between the pipes for Tuesday's home game against the Ducks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The Wings plan to give Howard a relatively light workload to increase the chances of the veteran holding up for the whole campaign. So, as long as backup Jonathan Bernier is healthy, we can't see the 35-year-old going to work on back-to-back days at any point this season. Howard was resolute against the Predators in the road opener Saturday, stopping 39 of 42 shots for the win.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's clash with Anaheim.
Impact: After missing the first two games of the year, Athanasiou will make his season debut versus the Ducks. The center figures to slot into a top-six role and should get time on the power play as well. After setting career highs in goals (30), assists (24) and shots (216), the Ontario native may not be able to reach those thresholds this year, but he should be a near lock for the 40-point mark.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Anaheim, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Athanasiou felt good after morning skate and expects to play, but he'll do a final test run during pregame warmups before his status for Tuesday's contest will be confirmed. If all goes well, he'll return to a top-six role and a spot on Detroit's second power-play unit against the Ducks.
News: Kaski was promoted from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday.
Impact: Kaski played 32 games with Western Michigan University before heading overseas to the Finnish Elite League. Last season, he racked up 19 goals and 51 points and scored a goal in his AHL debut this season. The 6-foot-3 blueliner could bounce between the AHL and NHL levels this season but he does display some interesting offensive upside.
News: Kuffner was promoted from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday.
Impact: Kuffner was scoreless in his first 10 NHL contests last season after a very successful four-year collegiate career with Princeton. The Red Wings are currently riddled with injuries throughout the lineup, so the 23-year-old winger could see some bottom-six time during this NHL stint.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve by the Red Wings on Monday.
Impact: Ericsson has yet to make an appearance in the lineup through two games to start the season, and as evidenced by this news, will have his 2019-20 debut delayed further. He'll now need to sit out a minimum of a week, and in his stead, it's likely that Madison Bowey and Dennis Cholowski could see extended time in the lineup.
News: Daley (lower body) was placed on injured reserve by Detroit on Monday.
Impact: Daley suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Stars, and never returned. The injury will now force him to miss at least the next week, along with fellow defenseman Johnathan Ericsson (undisclosed) who was also placed on IR. In their stead, look for Madison Bowey and Dennis Cholowski to be inserted into the lineup.
News: Svechnikov was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday.
Impact: Svechnikov missed all of last season with a torn ACL but came back strong with a three-point performance in his AHL season debut. Selected 19th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Russian has two goals and four points in 16 career NHL contests. If he cracks the lineup, except Svechnikov to skate in a middle-six role.
News: The Red Wings shifted Nielsen (undisclosed) to their injured reserve list Monday.
Impact: Nielsen was forced to leave Sunday's game against Dallas due to an undisclosed injury, and as evidenced by this news, the injury will force him to miss more time. Consider Nielsen out for at least the next three games for the Wings, and recent call ups Ryan Kuffner and Evgeny Svechnikov are likely to fill the void in the lineup.
News: Biega was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Monday.
Impact: Biega was acquired from Vancouver on Sunday and will join a bruised-up Detroit blue line. The 31-year-old defenseman will likely fill a third-pairing role or watch from the press box as a healthy scratch.
News: The Red Wings placed Athanasiou (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday.
Impact: The move is retroactive to Sept. 20, so it gives the Wings some flexibility for his return. Athanasiou has yet to make his season debut while dealing with a tweak that he's dealt with since his retroactive date. With Athanasiou and Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) both placed on IR, it's likely Ryan Kuffner and Evgeny Svechnikov are inserted into the lineup for Tuesday's game after getting called up Monday.
News: Helm is caught in a fourth-line role with the Red Wings, as evidenced by his scant ice-time average (11:37) through the first two games.
Impact: Yes, it's extremely early in the season, but the Red Wings are doing just fine with Helm on the bottom line. While long-time Wings GM Ken Holland had been partial to the speedy center -- signing him to four different contracts with uninterrupted service time -- the Original Six club is depending more on its youth movement under team legend and Holland successor Steve Yzerman. As a result, Helm should be passed over in just about every fantasy hockey format.
News: Bertuzzi collected a secondary assist Sunday in a 4-3 home win over the Stars.
Impact: Fellow top-liner Anthony Mantha scored all four goals for the Red Wings in the thrilling home opener. Bertuzzi moved the puck in the path of Dylan Larkin, whose shot was then tipped in by Mantha off a rebound. Bert is off to a terrific start with two goals, two assists and a plus-5 rating.
News: Bernier made 19 saves in a 4-3 win over Dallas on Sunday.
Impact: Bernier picked up his first win of the season. Expected to split crease duties with Jimmy Howard, Bernier likely will wind up seeing action in anywhere between 35 and 40 games in 2019-20. Next, Detroit will travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens in their home opener Thursday.
News: Cholowski generated a power-play assist on the first of four goals to Anthony Mantha in Sunday's 4-3 home win over the Stars.
Impact: Cholowski could see an uptick in playing time since veteran blueliners Trevor Daley (lower body) and Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) are already banged up. Cholowski has merely averaged 16:34 of ice time through two games, though he saw a whopping 8:14 on the No. 1 power play against the Stars, thereby making him an attractive dart toss in select DFS formats.
News: Hirose dialed in a power-play assist Sunday in a 4-3 home win over the Stars.
Impact: Anthony Mantha scored all four goals for Detroit, and the rookie Hirose benefited from some man-advantage time with the burgeoning forward. This counts as the shifty winger's first point of the young season after a single blocked shot was all he could muster in Saturday's road-opening victory over the Predators. We fully expect Hirose to drive through plenty of peaks and valleys as he gets used to the fast-paced nature of the NHL, but he has plenty of offensive potential.
News: Larkin fashioned two assists in Sunday's 4-3 home win over the Stars.
Impact: Detroit's top line of Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha looks amazing in the early going, as the trio has combined for 16 points through two games. The 23-year-old will take aim at a third consecutive multi-point performance versus the visiting Ducks on Tuesday.
News: Hronek set up two goals Sunday in a 4-3 home win over the Stars.
Impact: Hronek played a key role in forward Anthony Mantha's four-goal explosion. The Red Wings are looking good early on, as they beat the Predators and Stars in succession, and Hronek should remain a useful fantasy contributor as long as he's clearing 20 minutes per game.
News: Biega was traded to the Red Wings from the Canucks in exchange for forward David Pope on Sunday.
Impact: Biega was waived and sent down to AHL Utica before the season after scoring 16 points in 41 NHL contests last season. Detroit's blue line has been struck by the injury bug with Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) and Trevor Daley (lower body) both seemingly on the shelf for an unknown amount of time. The 31-year-old Biega will be nothing more than a depth fill-in piece.
News: Mantha was unstoppable Sunday evening, scoring all four of Detroit's goals in its 4-3 win over the Stars.
Impact: Mantha was a one-man show Sunday and has now collected seven points in the first two contests of 2019-20. He got his night started with a power-play marker in the second period that cut Dallas' lead to one and then added three more goals before the final buzzer, including the game-winner with less than a minute left in the third period. Suffice to say, Mantha belongs in your starting lineup and will look to stay hot Tuesday when the Red Wings host Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks.
News: Nielsen (undisclosed) left Sunday's game against Dallas and did not return, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Nielsen took a puck off the face late in the third period so he may have been held out simply as a precautionary measure. Head coach Jeff Blashill did not have an update ready after the game so he will remain day-to-day for the time being.
News: Daley (lower body) is not expected to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Ducks, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Daley left Sunday's game early and head coach Jeff Blashill already assuming he'll miss Tuesday's game isn't a great sign. A more clear update should be available early this week.
News: Daley left Sunday's contest against Dallas with a lower-body injury and will not return.
Impact: It's unclear how severe Daley's injury is, but he saw just 7:25 of ice time in Sunday's contest. If he can't suit up for Tuesday's game against Anaheim, expect Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed) or Madison Bowey to take his place.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's contest against Dallas, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Ericsson will be unavailable for the second straight game to start the season after missing 30 games during the 2018-19 campaign. Detroit will have a day off before Tuesday's game against the Ducks.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Stars, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Atahanasiou will miss his second straight game to start the season, and he'll look to get healthy for Tuesday's home game versus the Ducks. Considering he was a game-time decision for Friday's game against Nasvhille, Athanasiou figures to have a good shot at suiting up Tuesday.
News: DeKeyser added an assist and three blocked shots in Saturday's 5-3 road win over the Predators.
Impact: It appeared that DeKeyser would be held pointless on Opening Night, but Tyler Bertuzzi found the back of an empty net on a wraparound, with the eighth-year defenseman getting credit for the secondary apple. The big downside of owning DeKeyser is that he no longer receives power-play minutes, but health permitting, he should average more than 20 minutes of ice time with plentiful opportunities to share the ice with top-six forwards.
News: Larkin registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's season-opening road win over the Predators.
Impact: Larkin sustained a preseason injury late in the offseason, but the young leader looked just fine, finishing with more ice time (22:10) than any other Detroit forward in this hard-fought battle against a competitive Predators squad. Due to the rapid development of top-line cohorts Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi, this very well could be the year that Larkin puts up more points than games played.
News: Glendening provided the go-ahead goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3, season-opening win over the Predators.
Impact: Glendening flipped the biscuit off Juuse Saros' mask to give the Wings a 4-3 lead in the third period, and he was the primary distributor on Tyler Bertuzzi's empty-net dagger. Detroit's head coach, Jeff Blashill, has a deep appreciation for Glendening's compete level and that should lead to ample ice time for the industrious winger this season.
News: Mantha had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: It was a big night for the Wings' first line, who all put up big numbers (Tyler Betuzzi had four points; Dylan Larkin had two). Mantha's game picked up at the end of last year and that continued into the World Championship in May. He'll need to maintain that kind of intensity this season to reap the reward at contract time. Mantha is on the last year of his contract and will become an RFA. Fantasy owners stand to gain a lot if he gets off to a hot start.
News: Howard made 39 saves Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Predators.
Impact: He was supported by a dominant performance from the Wings' top line of Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin. It's going to be a long season for Howard -- the Wings will work hard and win some, but are more competitive in the draft lottery competition than on the ice.
News: Bertuzzi had two goals and two assists in a 5-3, season-opening win over Nashville on Saturday.
Impact: Bertuzzi is skating with Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin, and they have picked up where they left off last season. And they were hot. Bertuzzi is the least-owned of the trio, so go troll the wire. He won't score like this again, but he should be a strong, multi-category contributor as long as he sticks on the top line.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) isn't taking part in warmups prior to Saturday's season opener in Nashville, suggesting he won't suit up for the contest, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Athanasiou will be hard-pressed to get back in time for the team's next game, with a quick turnaround upcoming as the Stars come to town Sunday. The 25-year-old's absence will create a sizable hole in Detroit's top six considering he reached the 30-goal mark last season.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) will miss Saturday's road contest in Nashville, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.
Impact: The veteran defenseman skated on his own Tuesday but still isn't practicing with the team, so a return doesn't appear to be imminent for Ericsson, who continues to be hampered by an undisclosed injury. He could return for Detroit's home opener Sunday, but that seems unlikely at this point.
News: De La Rose (lower body) is in the projected lineup for Saturday's season opener against the Predators, NHL.com's Robby Stanley reports.
Impact: De La Rose missed Detroit's preseason finale due to a lower-body injury, but he's evidently already put that issue behind him. The 24-year-old, who notched nine points in 60 games last campaign, is expected to center Christoffer Ehn and Justin Abdelkader on the Red Wings' fourth line against Nashville.
News: Nielsen (lower body) will suit up for Saturday's game versus the Predators.
Impact: The veteran center is expected to center the third line flanked by Valtteri Filppula and Adam Erne, and he'll also work on the second power-play unit. He'll have a tough task right out of the gate since the Predators ranked third in the league last year with 2.59 goals allowed per game.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for the season road opener versus the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Athanasiou is cutting it close in regards to his status, so we recommend lining up alternatives in case he doesn't suit up. While the dynamic forward is in danger of missing the contest, the Wings received good news that young leader Dylan Larkin (undisclosed) is good to go, which lessens the impact of AA possibly sitting out.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) continues to miss practice, and his availability for Saturday's season road opener against the Predators largely hinges on his status for Friday's session, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: At this point, there's not a lot of confidence in Athanasiou being set for Opening Night, but it won't be too much longer before an official call on the versatile forward is made. With Frans Nielsen and Jacob De La Rose also tending to lower-body injuries, the Wings might have to recall Michael Rassmussen from AHL Grand Rapids much earlier than expected.
News: Larkin (undisclosed) "feels great" and will play in Saturday's regular-season opener against Nashville, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: Larkin's issue was always believed to be minor, but it's still nice to get confirmation that he'll be heading into the regular season feeling 100 percent healthy. The 23-year-old pivot, who set career highs in goals (32), points (73) and shots on goal (287) in 76 games last campaign, could easily surpass the 80-point threshold if he's able to avoid the injury bug in 2019-20.
News: Larkin (undisclosed) is not dealing with a serious injury, and it's a "definite possibility" that he'll suit up for Saturday's road opener against the Predators, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: This news came directly from head coach Jeff Blashill, who spoke about Larkin's injury on Detroit radio station 97.1 The Ticket. For those of you still in the process of assembling fantasy rosters for the 2019-20 campaign, there's no need to adjust the talented center's ranking based on this minor issue.
News: Ericsson (undisclosed) skated Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: While it's good to see the veteran defenseman back on the ice, the Wings likely need to see him log at least one full practice before declaring him fit to play in a game. Detroit opens the new campaign on the road against Nashville on Saturday, which affords Ericsson some extra time to recover.
News: Hronek made the 23-man roster with the Red Wings to start the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: At 21 years old, Hronek is the second-youngest blueliner on the active roster, with fellow power-play artist Dennis Cholowski being three months his junior. Detroit will feature a nice blend of veterans and promising offensive d-men this season, and Hronek checks out as a name to watch fresh off a rookie campaign comprised of 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) and five man-advantage points between 46 games.
News: Hirose will start the season with the Red Wings as opposed to AHL Grand Rapids.
Impact: This isn't the least bit surprising after the Michigan State product bagged a goal and six helpers over a 10-game span with Detroit last year. His offensive chops were evident during the preseason as well, as he tacked on a goal and five helpers while logging more ice time (103:33) than any other Red Wing. Hirose qualifies as a sleeper in deep fantasy leagues since he'll be situated on the second line with No.1 power-play duties.
News: Cholowski has officially claimed a spot on the Opening Night roster for the Red Wings.
Impact: It initially appeared that Cholowski would start the season with AHL Grand Rapids to get his confidence level up away from the pressure-cooker environment of the NHL, but Niklas Kronwall's retirement created a vacancy on the blue line. Cholowski tacked on seven goals and nine assists -- including nine power-play points as a rookie -- but he couldn't quite hold it together at the top level for a sustained period of time, appearing in just 52 contests with Detroit. Nonetheless, his projected power-play role combined with being a relative unknown makes him a intriguing budget play in select DFS formats.
News: Seider, the sixth overall selection in this year's draft, will start the season with AHL Grand Rapids, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: As noted by Khan, Seider is accustomed to the larger rinks of Germany's DEL league, so he'll hone his craft with the Griffins for the time being. Still, since the Red Wings have been longing for another skilled power-play quarterback, this 6-foot-4, 183-pound prospect might only be an injury or two away from carving up NHL ice. You don't need to draft Seider in non-keeper formats, but he makes for a nice dynasty stash at a relatively scarce position.
News: Rasmussen still has a chance to make the Opening Night roster due to Dylan Larkin's undisclosed injury, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The Red Wings made the difficult decision to assign Rasmussen to AHL Grand Rapids, despite the prospect managing to put up four goals in seven preseason contests. However, his fortunes could change quickly if Larkin's injury keeps him out of Saturday's road opener against the Predators or Sunday's clash with the Stars at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. Rasmussen would have had an easier time pinning down a roster spot had the Wings not reacquired Valtteri Filppula in free agency.
News: Athanasiou (undisclosed) hopes to be ready for Saturday's season opener at the Predators, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Impact: The Red Wings want to see how Athanasiou looks in practice (Thursday and Friday) before inserting him in the lineup. Evidently, he wasn't in shape to hit the ice Tuesday, which raises at least some doubt that he'll be ready for Opening Night. Double A is a key power-play contributor for the Winged Wheel, but if he gets off to a late start it will benefit the likes of Luke Glendening and Darren Helm.
News: Bernier will guard the cage in Sunday's home game against the Stars, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Bernier put up decent numbers during preseason play, maintaining a 2.76 GAA and .912 save percentage through four appearances. He'll look to pick up his first win of the 2019-20 campaign in a home matchup with a Dallas team that averaged 2.24 goals per game on the road in 2018-19, 29th in the NHL.
News: Larkin left Tuesday's practice after suffering an undisclosed injury, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Luckily for fantasy owners, the Red Wings don't open the campaign until Saturday against Nashville, so as long as Larkin isn't dealing with anything major, he shouldn't miss any regular-season action. Another update on the 23-year-old American's condition will likely be released in the coming days.
News: Howard will get the starting nod for Saturday's Opening Night road clash with Nashville, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Howard went 23-22-5 last season and posted a career-worst 3.07 GAA while failing to record a shutout for the first time since becoming the full-time starter in 2009-10. The veteran netminder logged 55 appearances in 2018-19 and should see a similar workload this year, though Jonathan Bernier may try to earn a few extra starts.
News: Pearson (undisclosed) will start the season with AHL Grand Rapids once he's healthy, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Pearson is best known at the University of Maine, where he produced 37 goals and 41 assists over 107 games between 2016-19. The center prospect would've been hard-pressed to crack the Opening Night roster with Detroit even if he'd been healthy, so it's best to take a wait-and-see approach with the 22-year-old and his fantasy prospects.
News: McIsaac (shoulder) has been reassigned to the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
Impact: McIsaac evidently has overcome his shoulder injury that required surgery in June. Past reports suggested that the defenseman has a future in the NHL, but the shoulder injury was rather significant, so he'll be facing an uphill battle to ascend the hockey ranks. Last season, McIsaac produced 16 goals and 46 assists over 53 games with the QMJHL club.
News: Svechnikov (knee) was among Detroit's latest group of players demoted to the AHL, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Svechnikov will likely be a candidate for an early call-up once he shows himself to be healthy after missing all of last season due to a knee injury. The Red Wings don't want to overwork the 2015 first-rounder right off the bat, but expect to see Svechnikov with the club before too long barring any setbacks.
News: Zadina was among Detroit's latest group of players demoted to the AHL, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The Red Wings have trimmed their roster down to 28, so they still have five cuts to make, which means Zadina wasn't even on the borderline of making the roster. The sixth overall selection from the 2018 draft recorded three points in nine NHL games last season, and a hot start with AHL Grand Rapids could earn him a call-up to the rebuilding NHL club.
News: De La Rose (lower body) is doubtful for Saturday's preseason finale versus the Maple Leafs, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: De La Rose won't garner much attention in fantasy leagues since he's a bottom-six contributor who, even in a healthy state, would have to battle Christoffer Ehn for minutes. Nonetheless, we're confident De La Rose can work past this issue seeing as how he already laughed in the face of adversity by overcoming a serious cardiac issue.