Niklas Kronwall D DET 7 Months

Niklas Kronwall is Sweden's new team captain.

That role previously belonged to Henrik Zetterberg, but he's out for the rest of the tournament with a back injury. Kronwall is 33 years old and has been the Red Wings' top blueliner since Nicklas Lidstrom retired.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 7 Months

Niklas Kronwall was a -2 in Detroit's shutout loss to Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Kronwall has six goals and 25 assists through 51 games this season.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 8 Months

Niklas Kronwall contributed a pair of assists in Monday's 6-4 loss to Nashville.

He also had a minus-2 rating while logging a team-high 23:46 of ice time. Kronwall has produced six helpers in his last five games. He has 28 points and a plus-7 rating in 39 games this campaign.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 9 Months

The NHL has tabbed Niklas Kronwall as the second star of the week.

He earned three consecutive two-point outings for the Red Wings to earn the honor. Kronwall added a goal and five assists over that span to give him 21 points in 26 games.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 9 Months

Niklas Kronwall contributed two assists in Detroit's win against Ottawa on Sunday.

The Red Wings defender has eared three straight multi-point outings during his present six-game point streak. Kronwall has two goals and seven helpers over that span. He is tied with Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien for fourth place among defensemen in scoring with 21 points in 26 matches.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 9 Months

Niklas Kronwall registered an assist in Detroit's 4-2 defeat on Saturday.

That gives Kronwall two goals and 14 points in 22 games this season. He's tied for 12th in the blueliner scoring race. He should continue to challenge for a top-10 spot in 2013-14.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 10 Months

Niklas Kronwall returned to action on Wednesday October 23.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 10 Months

Niklas Kronwall (mouth) is very likely to play Wednesday after initially being concerned a game-time decision.

Kronwall was ready to return from a concussion when he took a puck to the mouth during Wednesday's practice. He went to see a dentist, but he's rejoined the Red Wings and is participating in the team's pre-game soccer circle. Unless he suffers another injury during the warmups, he will probably take part in Wednesday's contest.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 10 Months

Niklas Kronwall is a game-time decision Wednesday, but not due to his concussion.

Kronwall was on track to play Wednesday when he was struck in the mouth by a puck during practice. The unlucky defenseman is seeing a dentist as a result.

Niklas Kronwall D DET 10 Months

Niklas Kronwall looks like he'll play Wednesday versus Ottawa after suffering a mild concussion on Oct. 17.

"I feel fine," he said after practicing Tuesday. "The only issue is the timing. Even when you've been off for a few days, it takes a little bit to get back into the swing of things." He has cleared several of his earlier tests and is waiting for one final exam result, which will presumably give him the green light. Detroit also returned Xavier Ouellet, who dressed on Monday, to the minors on Tuesday. Kronwall should be considered probable to return Wednesday night.