Abdelkader finds Sheahan for pretty PPG on Bishop
Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader sets up Riley Sheahan to score a nice power-play goal in the 3rd period on Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Petr Mrazek (22 Saves, Shutout)
2. Justin Abdelkader (1 Assist)
3. Jonathan Ericsson (2 Assists)
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
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|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Gustav Nyquist|
|Darren Helm||Pavel Datsyuk||Tomas Tatar|
|Joakim Andersson||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Jurco|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Landon Ferraro|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Danny DeKeyser||Kyle Quincey|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|
Limit mistakes - Mistakes hurt Detroit in game 2. Limit turnovers and give aways. Protect the puck at all times.
Stay out of the penalty box - Tampa Bay has 11 power-play chances in 2 games. That's too many penalties. The best way to stay out of the box is to be on the attack and dictate the play in their zone.
Need all 4 lines going - Every line has to make an impact in some way. Balanced scoring will take the pressure off the top line. Play as a 5 man unit.
(Photo by John Biever/NHL)
Kirk Maltby’s overtime goal lifts the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over Edmonton in Game 1 of the first-round series.
(Photo by Scott Audette/NHL)
After a tough Game 2 in which the Lightning evened up the series, the Red Wings will look to regain the series lead as home-ice advantage shifts to Detroit.
The Red Wings will get a player back in their lineup for Game 3 as forward Justin Abdelkader returns after missing the past five games due to a hand injury. His return does more than add a big, talented scorer to the lineup; it allows coach Mike Babcock to spread the offense by playing Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on different lines. At practice Monday, Datsyuk centered a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar, while Zetterberg skated between Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
“Putting Z back in the middle and giving him a winger, a guy that can skate and work for them, helps,”Babcock said. “Abby is a big body. He’s an everyday-er. He competes hard like Helm.”
Lightning coach Jon Cooper knows how important Abdelkader is to the Red Wings’attack. “He plays hard,”Cooper said. “If you’ve got to pick their top three players this year I’d be shocked if he wasn’t in it. He’s a big part of their team. …He’s somebody you have to be aware of when he’s on the ice.”
The Red Wings also will insert defenseman Brendan Smith into the lineup in place of rookie Alexey Marchenko. Smith had been a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series, but coach Babcock says he likes Smith's speed and competitiveness that he hopes Smith will bring here tonight.
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