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Notebook: Datsyuk wants more traffic

Wings' forward says his team needs changes for Game 3

Tuesday, 05.3.2011 / 3:37 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Notebook: Datsyuk wants more traffic
DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk won’t give the Sharks any credit.

The Red Wings’ leading scorer in the playoffs said that the Wings haven’t seen anything new from the Sharks’ defensive schemes, just that his own team needs to execute better.

“It’s no difference,” Datsyuk said. “It’s us. We need to change it.”

Through the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Red Wings have only been able to generate two goals. At the same time, they have been out-shot 81-59.

Datsyuk has set up both of the Wings' goals in the series with passes to Nicklas Lidstrom in Game 1, and Henrik Zetterberg in Game 2. He leads the team in postseason scoring with eight points in six games.

“We need more, make traffic,” Datsyuk said. “They so far have it a little easy to play with us, we need more traffic and more shooting to net - go to net.”

Because of the Wings’ low shooting percentage, Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi has become one of the focal points of the series. Through two games, Niemi has a save percentage of .966, and a clean 1.00 goals-against average.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall says those stats are misleading.

“We’re not testing him enough,” Kronwall said. “He’s a great goaltender, but he hasn’t been tested enough yet. That’s something we have to do better.”

To get more pucks to the goal - and more pucks past Niemi – the Wings will be focused on getting more bodies in red jerseys towards the San Jose goal.

“We’ve had some shots, but we haven’t had any traffic,” captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “We need to be there for the rebounds and second chances and create more traffic in front of him. I think we can do a much better job of getting pucks there, but having people there as well.”

Forward Mike Modano, who has not played since Game 4 of the Wings’ first-round series against Phoenix, credited the Sharks’ team-defense for their success in the first two games.

“These guys are good,” Modano said. “There are five guys back everywhere. Any time you look at the TV, there’s five guys in the neutral zone, there’s five guys around their net and Niemi, so there’s a lot of traffic, a lot of bodies flying around at different times all over the rink. They’re playing in groups of five really well.

“They’re taking time and space away. We’ve always been a team, these guys here, as much talent as there is, if you give them time they’ll make you pay for it. [The Sharks] really good at that area right now.”

Lidstrom said that as the Wings head into a crucial Game 3 on Wednesday, they cannot let their outlook waver.

“You’ve got to play with confidence,” the Wings’ captain said. “You can’t be uptight, you have to continue to play with confidence and make plays when they’re there. When they’re not there, you have to get the puck in deep and you’ve got to work. It’s going to take a lot of hard work for our team.”

LINE-UP CHANGES: Kris Draper told the media that he would be playing for Game 3, but Babcock announced that no official line-up changes have been decided on for Wednesday’s contest.

The Wings’ lines during practice were as follows:

Zetterberg – Cleary – Bertuzzi
Datsyuk – Franzen – Holmstrom - Modano
Abdelkader – Hudler – Filppula
Helm – Draper – Eaves – Miller

Lidstrom – Stuart
Kronwall – Salei
Ericsson – Kindl
Janik – Meech

Defenseman Brian Rafalski did not skate at today’s practice. 

PROBABLY NO FOR MO: Modano said that he does not expect to play in Game 3. During drills, Modano was subbing in on Datsyuk’s line, but not frequently.

“Going off today’s practice, doesn’t look like it,” the veteran forward said.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89