The NHL and NHLPA may or may not be getting closer to making a deal, but there are still Red Wings players in Europe.
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Datsyuk's KHL team went 2-1 this week with wins over Salavat Yulaev and Lev Praha bookending a loss at the hands of AK Bars. They started the week beating Alex Radulov's previous team 4-1, then lost 5-2 on Wednesday, and shut out Zdeno Chara's Lev Praha 3-0. Datsyuk had one point in each of the three games with two assists finished by a beautiful goal on Friday. Pavs has moved into 2nd on his team in scoring with 12 points in 10 games (Radulov leads the KHL with 22 points in 18 games). He's shooting over 15% and is still dominant in the faceoff circle.
English highlights videos below:
CSKA 4 - 1 Salavat Yulaev
CSKA 2 - 5 AK Bars (It's a trap!)
CSKA 3 - 0 Lev Praha (Datsyuk's goal is siiiiiick)
Upcoming Games: CSKA welcomes Slovan Bratislava along with Lubomir Visnovsky and Miroslav Satan on Tuesday before a Thursday rematch against Lev Praha. They'll finish off the seven days with a Russian afternoon tilt againt Sibir Novosibirsk.
EV Zug (Swiss League A)
The Swiss Train had a good weekend with back-to-back wins over SCL Tigers and HC Ambri-Potta (minus Max Pacioretty), outscoring their opponents by a combined 10-5. The addition of Zetterberg to a Zug team already boasting Brunner and Linus Omark certainly helped. Of those 10 goals, Zetterberg scored 5 of them and assisted on another 2. Brunner has assisted on four of those five Zetterberg tallies, but has seen his new pal take away slightly from his goal-scoring pace. I'm sure Red Wings fans are horribly concerned about this, watching these two develop great chemistry.
Here, watch highlights from Z's hat trick to make you feel better.
Upcoming Games: Zug plays Tuesday vs. ZSC Lions and then again on Saturday against the Kloten Flyers
Jokerit Helsinki (SM-Liiga)
Jokerit won their only game this week 4-2 over TPS. The younger (and more-Red-Wingy) Filppula brother returned to the lineup and scored the game-tying goal before assisting on the game-winner for his brother. Val has 11 points in 10 games and a +6 rating. Even better, 5 of his 11 points are goals this season.
You can see Flip's goal and assist in the highlight video... where you can also see the brutally bad non-call that led to Jokerit's first goal.
Upcoming Games: Jokerit plays Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday this week against JYP, Blues, Ilves, and Färjestads BK
Braehead Clan (EIHL, UK)
Miller's Clan remains unbeaten in three games since he joined the roster. In their game on Saturday, they gave up the first two to Fife before coming back to tie it, then falling behind again & tying it again. Finally, our boy Drew put in the game-winner with less than a minute remaining. You can watch the highlights below. You can see how he's partially responsible for the first Fife goal and how he gets kind of a cheap plus with a goal scored immediately after a penalty ends, but you can also see him help create a goal with a good pass that touches too many sticks before going in for him to get a point.
Upcoming Games: Braehead takes on Nottingham on Friday before heading to Dundee on Sunday to play a team that is still not named the Crocodiles, despite what I said last week.
HC Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Pardubice lost to SC Bern 2-1 on Tuesday without Kindl in the lineup. He was back in for them by Thursday's win over PSG Zlin and added an assist in their 3-1 win. He added another assist in yet another victory in their 5-4 victory over HC Oceláři Třinec. After a tough start, Kindl is starting to adjust to the league and now has three assists in his 11 games. It's not much comfort to call him a -6, except that this time last week, he was at -8.
Upcoming Games: Pardubice keeps the same Tuesday/Friday/Sunday schedule this week, as they take on Chomutov, Plzen, and Ceske Budejovice
Vita Hästen (Swedish Division 1)
Big Rig's third-tier Swedish squad went 2-0 with him in the lineup this week, defeating Tranås AIF IF and Grästorps NS 4-2 then 4-0. Riggy had two assists in the second of those games and also took his first two penalty minutes of the season.
Upcoming Games: Vita Hästen plays on Wednesday vs. Vimmerby HC and then Sunday against Skovde IK. Both of those games will be live-broadcast on the team's website.
Olimpija Ljubljana (Eishockey Liga, Slovenia)
Mursak got his Olimpija Dragons on the board first on Friday, but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-2 against EC Dornbirn. Sunday's game against Vienna started badly for them, but they battled back and won that game 3-2 with Mursak adding an assist in that match. If I'm doing my math right, Mursak has played 8 games and has put up 3 goals and 11 assists. I hope that's right, but right now there's a great passive-aggressive notice on the Slovenian hockey website about how they don't have full stats available either because the teams aren't providing them or they haven't been paid to provide them.
Upcoming Games: Olimpija takes on HC TWK Innsbruck at home on Tuesday before heading to Graz for a Sunday tilt with EC Moser Medical Graz 99ers (seriously, what the fuck? Do they let cats walk across keyboards to name these teams?)
Emmerton remains sidelined with a broken finger and did not play this week. His recovery time is expected to be about two months. Without him in the lineup, I have no reason to give a shit about SaiPa. Sorry.
That does it for another week of tracking 9 players across 7 leagues. Boy, this is SO MUCH EASIER than having all of these guys in the same place.