Niklas Kronwall D DET 3 weeks ago

Kronwall has been suspended for Wednesday's Game 7 against the Lightning.

Kronwall had a hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety, who determined the blueliner recklessly charged the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov in Monday's Game 6. While he was able to escape a penalty on the hit and was able to remain in the game, Kronwall's absence from an elimination game is obviously a less preferable development for the Red Wings. With their top blueliner unavailable, look for coach Mike Babcock to turn to Jakub Kindl or Alexey Marchenko to step in on defense.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 3 weeks ago

Kronwall will have an NHL hearing Tuesday afternoon for a possible illegal hit on Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

While Kronwall was not penalized for the hit during Monday's Game 6 loss, it appeared to be a charge and/or illegal hit to the head. The veteran blueliner will likely be fined, and there's also a chance he's suspended for Wednesday's Game 7.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 1 month ago

Kronwall will not play in Saturday's season finale against the Hurricanes, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.

Jakub Kindl is likely to take Kronwall's spot in the lineup. The Red Wings already have clinched a playoff spot, so their top defenseman will get a day off to rest up for the playoffs.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 1 month ago

Kronwall picked up an assist in Thursday's overtime loss to the Canadiens.

Since missing the Red Wings' March 24 contest with a lower-body injury, Kronwall has a goal and three assists over nine games. That's not exactly excitement-worthy production, but that level of consistency has been his best attribute this season, as he's been able to avoid too many lengthy point droughts. All told, Kronwall has supplied nine goals and 44 points over 80 games, making him a top-20 scorer from the blue line.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 months ago

Kronwall (lower body) is expected to play Thursday against San Jose, the team's official Twitter feed reports.

Kronwall unexpectedly missed Tuesday's game with the ailment but it doesn't appear serious enough to keep him out a second contest. The Red Wings are in a bit of a tailspin and certainly need the offensive-minded defenseman back in their trenches.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 months ago

Kronwall (lower body) could play Thursday against the Sharks, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

The Red Wings made Kronwall a surprising late scratch with the injury minutes before Tuesday's game against the Coyotes, but GM Ken Holland indicated Wednesday that the decision was made mostly for precautionary purposes. Kronwall is expected to skate Thursday morning, after which coach Mike Babcock and the team's brain trust should make a ruling on the blueliner's availability.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 months ago

Kronwall was made a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

There was no indication heading into the contest that Kronwall was nursing any sort of injury, and his absence Tuesday wasn't announced until minutes before the puck dropped. Until the Red Wings provide more information on the extent of the injury, the team's top scoring blueliner should be viewed as day-to-day. Jakub Kindl will replace him in Tuesday's lineup.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 2 months ago

Kronwall found twine Monday in a 5-2 win over the Oilers.

Kronwall is about on pace with last swason's 49-point performance, with eight goals and 30 assists in 65 games. He's one of the more reliable and durable fantasy defenseman in the league and should perform well down the stretch.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 3 months ago

Kronwall dished out a pair of helpers and skated to a plus-2 in Saturday's impressive road win over the Predators.

Kronwall picked up secondary assists on Alexei Marchenko's game-tying goal and Tomas Tatar's game-winner in the third period, giving him 37 points on the season. Owners would love to see more in terms of goals (seven) and SOG, as Kronwall barely manages to put one puck on net per game with 69 SOG in 61 contests. At the end of the day, though, the 34-year-old Swede is the top dog on the Wings' blue line and sits 16th in scoring among NHL d-men, making him a valuable commodity in all leagues.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 3 months ago

Kronwall set up a pair of goals in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Ducks, giving him seven points in the last seven contests.

Detroit's best blueliner has been as-advertised this year, scoring at a rate of 0.6 points per game with 35 in 58 games. It's probably a stretch to suggest he'll beat his career best of 51 set in 2008-09 -- especially since his shooting percentage (10.6) is over three points high than his average of 7.2 -- but Kronwall is a very productive d-man capable of giving fantasy rosters that extra bump needed to make a run for a championship.