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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 1:30 PM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard will be in the crease for the Wings tonight.

The EuroTwins have been split up tonight, in hopes of generating more offense for Detroit.

Pavel Datsyuk

Mike Babcock
"Right now we need Alfie, and we need Mule and a whole bunch of guys to score. We haven’t gotten that much with playing with those guys so maybe if we get them playing with (Datsyuk and Zetterberg) as well."
- Mike Babcock

"I’m pretty sure we’ll play together here at some point in time, but when we’ve been losing games like we have, haven’t been scoring much, we have to try something different.”
- Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg

Jonathan Ericsson

Jonathan Ericsson skated before practice (Upper-Body Injury), but did not participate in drills with the team. He's out tonight.

Patrick Eaves is healthy, but will be a healthy scratch tonight.

Patrick Eaves

Mikael Samuelsson

Mikael Samuelsson will also be a healthy scratch tonight.

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:45 PM

Generate More Offense - It looks like Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be on separate lines. With the EuroTwins on separate lines, the Wings need to get the more balanced scoring for which they've been looking.

Limit Turnovers - Detroit's got to be patient and make the safe play. Plus, players need to trust their teammates to cover for them.

Play as a Five-Man Unit - The defensemen and forwards need to interact with each other and play together as a group, especially against a tough New York Rangers team.

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:10 PM

Comerica Bank Game Day Preview - New York
New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 11:30 AM

On October 26, 1984

In a 7-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Wings score three third-period empty-net goals.

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 10:40 AM

(Photo by Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Tonight, the Wings will host Original Six rival, New York Rangers, for the first time as members of the same conference on Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Van Andel Institute's Purple Community. 

Detroit will have a different look tonight, as coach Mike Babcock broke up the pairing of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in hopes of generating more offense against the Rangers. Datsyuk will play on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi, Zetterberg will center a line with Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar.

“It’s not going. I told them and you guys I wasn’t going to split them up and 11 games in I’m splitting them up,” Babcock told the media. “It wasn’t my plan and not necessarily what I wanted to do, but we need to.”

Datsyuk and Zetterberg have accounted for 11 of-Detroit's 25 goals. The hope is that splitting the two will generate more balanced scoring and keep opponents from focusing on stopping one line.

"I think Babs was pretty up front about it, we will be playing together until he needs to switch it up and now it’s time,” Zetterberg told the media after practice. I’m pretty sure we’ll play together here at some point in time, but when we’ve been losing games like we have, haven't been scoring much, we have to try something different."

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch tonight's 7:00 PM matchup on NHL-Network or Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in on 97.1 The Ticket.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 10:55 PM

POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 10:35 PM
(Photo by Scott Levy/Getty Images)
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 10:25 PM

Todd Bertuzzi scores on Craig Anderson
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi scores a power play goal on Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson late in the first.

POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 10:15 PM

Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Jason Spezza (2 Goals)

2. Kyle Turris (2 Assists)

3. Bobby Ryan (2 Goals)

POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 10:05 PM
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

Not much went right for the Red Wings tonight; tough bounces, tough luck, and just a tough game ended up helping the Ottawa Senators take this one, 6-1.

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Saturday when we host the New York Rangers for Hockey Fights Cancer Night by VAI!



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