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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
... Darren Helm skated in the second-line center spot at Friday’s practice, but Babcock said there is no chance he will play there during the game. Babcock also said he is not splitting up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who have carried the team.
That limits their options.
“Our second line (isn’t) getting it done,’’ Babcock said. “Last night, let’s be honest, Pav and Z and (Todd Bertuzzi) won the game for us. We checked it right back (blowing a 3-2 lead late and losing 4-3 in overtime to Dallas).
“We did tons of great things; I went through it meticulously today. That’s basically what I told the players; let’s keep getting better because we are getting better. But we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. There were just a couple mistakes. The amount of zone time Pav and Z and those guys had alone, they could have had five (goals).’’
The problem is, aside from the top line and Daniel Alfredsson (13 points), nobody else is providing offense. Weiss has just three points in 17 games. Both of Franzen’s goals came in the same game; in his other 12 games he has only three assists.
via Chuck Pleiniess tweet,
Weiss has groin injury. Likely out 10 days.
I will add to this post as more news comes in from practice.
More line shuffling in practice. Helm and Tatar skating with top six. Cleary skating with bottom six.
Franzen is centering a line of Cleary and Eaves. Yesterday, Holland said he was out for Saturday, now, who knows?
George is ill so what you get from me is the highlights from the Wings's loss last night to the Stars.
Hopefully it will bring some response from you because in my opinion the discussion starts with anyone not named Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Bertuzzi.
Daryl Reaugh, the Stars' color analyst, with a unique pre-game report for the Joe...
Also, from an earlier Khan tweet,
Franzen said he's not feeling any better, wouldn't elaborate on whether he's sick or injured and didn't want to comment further.
Also it is my understanding Samuelsson is in the lineup tonight.
added 1:38pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Asked if he’s sick or injured (club is calling it an upper-body injury), Franzen said, “I don’t know.’’
Then he walked away, not wanting to comment further.
Defenseman Brendan Smith skated today for the first time since injuring his shoulder Saturday in Edmonton and said he felt good.
“A lot better; I guess day-by-day it’s going to keep getting better,’’ Smith said. “I was able to pass, shoot and do everything today. It’s obviously a good sign.’’
Smith said he expects to be available for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg, when he’s eligible to come off of short-term injured reserve.
The only lineup change for the Red Wings has Mikael Samuelsson in for Jordin Tootoo...
Now what? Yesterday Holland said TooToo would not be going to Grand Rapids.
added 12:17pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Paul here for George who is without internet access at this point in time.
Wings have an optional skate this morning and according to Ansar Khan, Franzen and Smith are skating but won't play tonight and TooToo is also on the ice.
Then this and we will get the official word on TooToo right after noon today..
The storylines for the next two games and couple of days have already been written ahead of tonight's tilt against the Dallas Stars (7:30 PM EST, FSD/FS Southwest/97.1 FM; tonight is Henrik Zetterberg bobblehead night). The four main storylines read as follows:
1. Tonight, the Red Wings battle Jim Nill's Dallas Stars, who are 7-6-and-2 and are wrapping up a 3-game road trip in which they've posted a pair of shootout wins over Ottawa on Sunday (a 4-3 shootout win) and Boston on Tuesday (a 3-2 shootout win over Tyler Seguin's former employer). Nill told the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan that he still has strong ties to the Wings and Metro Detroit, so this game is one where managerial bragging rights are on the table.
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