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Finding A Way To Win

Ansar Khan of Mlive checks in after the Wings' optional skate today...

With Pavel Datsyuk (concussion), Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) and Darren Helm (shoulder) all out against the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), others must step up.

“This is who we got, this is who we’re playing, let’s find a way to win,” coach Mike Babcock said after the optional morning skate at the Prudential Center. “Opportunity knocks right now. With good structure and good work habits we’re going to be just fine.

“So we’re not spending a whole lot of time worrying about the people who aren’t here.”

Todd Bertuzzi returns after missing six games with an upper-body injury. He’ll play on what might be considered the top line, with Johan Franzen at center and Gustav Nyquist at left wing.

“I’m excited to be back,'' Bertuzzi said. "I’m playing with two good players; kind of keep it simple. My job really doesn’t change: Get them the puck, go to the net and get to the hard areas.’’

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For those of you wondering about George, he is ill and will return when his health improves.

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

“I’m going to do what I do each night,’’ Babcock said. “I’m going to watch the players and whoever plays good is playing more.’’

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 12/06/13 at 01:59 PM ET

SnarkinLarkin's avatar

Let’s go Meeces, grab a hunk of cheese!

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 12/06/13 at 02:16 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

so we actually have 4 out right now. Hank,Pav,Darren and George. Hope you are on the short term George and cya soon.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 12/06/13 at 04:39 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

oops, forgot Double D too, so 5.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 12/06/13 at 04:40 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Get well GM !!! we miss ya !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 12/06/13 at 05:31 PM ET

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