Howard expects to get the nod against Vancouver.
Gustav Nyquist and the Detroit Red Wings pulled out a victory over the New Jersey Devils that seemingly slipped away with a terrible start.
The Red Wings were interested in re-signing Alfredsson, but back problems hampered the 41-year-old forward and prevented him from committing to another NHL season.
Datsyuk scored twice in his return from an injury to lead the Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975.
It was a very special start to the holiday season for some kids at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.
A dispute over historic buildings in downtown Detroit could lead to a delay in moving forward with the new Red Wings arena.
Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for his ninth win.
Toronto topped Detroit for the first time in three games this season, and the Maple Leafs have won back-to-back contests after a three-game skid in which they were outscored 17-5.
Retired Red Wings Hall of Famer defenseman Chris Chelios no longer laces up his skates to play for the Detroit.