Trevor Daley, Michael Rasmussen to return for winless Wings against Lightning
Detroit — Defenseman Trevor Daley will return to the lineup for the Red Wings on Thursday, as Detroit hopes to shore up an inexperienced defense in a season in which it has yet to win, and in Tampa, where the Wings are pointless in five years.
Michael Rasmussen also will re-enter the lineup, hoping to find some traction after five games of the 19-year-old forward’s NHL career.
Meanwhile, the Wings plucked a young forward from the Canadiens’ waiver list Wednesday, singing Jacob de la Rose, 23, a 6-foot-3, 216-pound, second-round pick, 34th overall in the 2013 draft. De la Rose has played in 119 NHL games, scoring eight goals, tallying 11 assists and collecting a minus-16 rating.
He must pass a physical, after suffering what doctors described as a “cardiac episode,” two weeks ago.
“I feel good,” said Daley, who is part of the banged-up Red Wings defense.
He fell headlong into an approaching opposition player against the Kings on Oct. 7, and said he injured his neck more than his head.
“I jammed my neck, too. So, just a couple of days that were precautionary more than anything.”
Coach Jeff Blashill said Danny DeKeyser is out a week or two, until the pain in his injured hand is tolerable enough to play. It is not an injury that requires surgery, Blashill said.
Mike Green has begun vigorous skating, and will accompany the Wings on their Florida trip, but will not play, the coach said.
Blashill had no update on Jonathan Ericsson.
The Red Wings are off to their worst start, at 0-4-2, since they opened the 1985-86 season at 0-8-1.
Through five games, they have the worst goal differential in the NHL by more than 100 percent, at minus-16, compared to minus-7 for the Coyotes.
Including the playoffs, they have lost 11 straight to Steve Yzerman’s Lightning, and have no points on the road against Tampa since December 2013.
“We need to pick ourselves back up as quick as possible and don’t let it affect or mental state,” Blashill said. “That’s just the decision that each one of us has to make.
“We’ve all been kicked in life and it’s all about getting up. It’s not about getting kicked.
“So, if we get scored on, who cares? Just keep playing.”