It feels like summer here in The D, but it’s actually now officially spring. The Tigers are on a roll, continuing their dominance in the Grapefruit League in Spring Training, the Pistons stood pat at the trade deadline, and injuries continue to hamper the Red Wings.
Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are 13-1-3 (wins-losses-ties) in the Grapefruit League, tearing up Spring Training with the best record of all teams. Most recently, the Tigers have defeated the Washington Nationals twice, the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Baltimore Orioles. Since they tied the New York Mets last week, the Tigers have won six in a row. The Tigers still have some young players vying for the fifth starter position.
Andy Oliver, Duane Below, and Jacob Turner are looking to win that fifth and final starting spot. All are making great cases so far.
The Tigers now only have seven games remaining in Spring Training before they start their season! Their next game will be broadcasted live on ESPN against the Atlanta Braves at 1:00pm. Opening Day for the Tigers is on Thursday, April 5 at 1:05pm against the Boston Red Sox on ESPN2.
Detroit Pistons: Since the last article, the Pistons have only won one game out of three, and are looking to reach 20 wins by the end of the month. They beat the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, 124-112, this past Wednesday. They then dropped two in a row. The Pistons lost to the Phoenix Suns, 109-101 two nights later.
Then on Sunday, the Pistons fell just short to the Los Angeles Clippers, 87-83, in overtime. Rumors were spreading days before the NBA trade deadline that the Pistons wanted to trade small forward Austin Daye. He stayed put, as did every other Piston.
Any moves the Pistons want to make will have to wait until the off-season. Until then, the Pistons still have another month and a half left of regular season games. Their next game is against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at 9:00pm. They return home for one game against the Miami Heat before going back on the road for another four games.
Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have caught the injury bug, and they can’t seem to find a remedy for it. They have lost their past four games, and six of eight since the month started. The Red Wings fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2, the Anaheim Ducks, 4-0, and the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime.
All-Star goaltender Jimmy Howard returned on Wednesday, but backup Joey MacDonald played that night. Unfortunately for the Wings, MacDonald was injured with a strained back. He was sent home to take an MRI to make sure it was nothing serious. The Red Wings recalled goaltender Jordan Pearce from Grand Rapids to offset his injury.
Star player Pavel Datsyuk returned against San Jose, and scored a goal. Third line center Darren Helm left in the third period against San Jose with a leg injury, and could be out indefinitely. Among the injured, Johan Franzen, the team’s leading scorer is out with back spasms, captain Nicklas Lidstrom is out with a bruised ankle, defensemen Jonathon Ericsson is out with a broken wrist, and Jakub Kindl is out with an upper body injury until at least next week.
The Red Wings’ next game, as they look to break their losing ways, is against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden at 7:30pm on the NBC Sports Network. After that, they have eight games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs start.