In his first game as a Red Wing, Marek Zidlicky scored a power play goal in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena. Justin Abdelkader also scored for the Wings, while Henrik Zetterberg added two assists.
Michigan State closed out the regular season home schedule on Wednesday with a 72-66 win over Purdue. Travis Trice poured in 27 points, while Denzel Valentine added 17 and Matt Costello 13 for the Spartans. State closes out the regular season on Saturday at Indiana.
The Detroit Pistons suffered their 4th straight loss on Wednesday night, losing 88-85 at New Orleans. Jodie Meeks had 20 for the Pistons, who play in Houston on Friday night.
Northwestern made two improbable come backs at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, to eventually steal a win from Michigan on Tuesday night 82-78. The Wolverines wasted career high efforts from Zak Irvin (28 points) and Aubrey Dawkins (21 points). Michigan will close out the regular season on Saturday against Rutgers.
The Detroit Red Wings added defenseman Marek Zidlicky at the NHL trade deadline on Monday. The 38 year old Zidlicky comes from New Jersey in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2016 draft.
The Detroit Red Wings have acquited forward Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars. the 36 year old Cole is in his 13th NHL season and has scored over 260 goals and won a Stanley Cup. Detroit sends prospects Mattias Janmark and Mattias Backman, along with a 2015 second round draft pick to the Stars. The NHL deadline for trades is set for 3 PM Monday.
No. 5 Wisconsin clinched a least a share of the Big Ten title with a 68-61 win over Michigan State on Sunday. Frank Kaminsky poured in 31 for the Badgers in the win. Michigan State was led by Bryn Forbes' 21 and Travis Trice's 16. The Spartans will host Purdue on Wednesday in their regular season home finale.
The Pistons rallied from 21 points down and briefly took the lead in Washington on Saturday night, but eventually lost 99-95 to the Wizards. Greg Monroe had 21 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 for Detroit. The Pistons play in New Orleans on Wednesday.
The Red Wings finished a brutal six game road trip with a 4-1-1 record, after a 4-3 win in Nashville on Saturday. Brendan Smith, Drew Miller, Alexey Marchenko, and Tomas Tatar scored for the Wings, who finally return home on Wednesday to face the New York Rangers.
Michigan lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling 66-56 on Saturday at Maryland. Spike Albrecht and Zak Irvin each had 15 points to lead the Wolverines, who play at Northwestern on Tuesday.