The Red Wings' penalty kill, now back to 17th in the NHL with an 80.9 percent rate after sitting in the top 10 for a stretch earlier in the season, is battered by injuries. When Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm sustaining damage to their lower bodies during the weekend, they joined Luke Glendening as reliable penalty killers on the shelf. Abdelkader and Helm will not play against the Stars Tuesday. Both are considered day-to-day, the Wings said, after a practice Monday that featured a heavy emphasis on special teams, including the power play. “I’m told neither looks long term but will need some time to heal,” GM Ken Holland said. The team will determine later in the week whether Abdelkader or Helm can play against the Hurricanes on Saturday, Holland said. Meanwhile, Glendening will not return until at least Jan 31 after the All-Star break, coach Jeff Blashill said. And so, Dominic Turgeon suddenly becomes an important quantity at forward. Turgeon appeared in his first NHL game Sunday against the Blackhawks, and playing 1:43 on the penalty kill. Turgeon was one of five forwards to play on the penalty kill: Frans Nielsen (2:54), Dylan Larkin (2:01), Andreas Athanasiou (1:56) and Tyler Bertuzzi (1:16). Turgeon, 21, has played 111 games in Grand Rapids the past two seasons and 259 for the Portland Winterhawks in major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, garnering considerable penalty killing experience along the way. “When I talked to Ken and (assistant general manager) Ryan Martin, the number one criterion for the call-up in this particular case was someone who was their best penalty killer, that could still play a four-line role,” Blashill said. That man is Turgeon, the Red Wings 2014 third-round pick, 63rd overall and the son and nephew of former NHL stars.
Dominic Turgeon fills gap on dinged-up Red Wings' penalty kill
Detroit News | Jan 16