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Babcock looks forward to scrimmage

Red-White game to simulate game day environment

Monday, 01.14.2013 / 4:48 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Babcock looks forward to scrimmage

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The Red Wings and their AHL-affiliate, Grand Rapids Griffins, will hold a Red-White scrimmage on Tuesday night, which is free to the public, at 3,500-seat Compuware Arena in suburban Detroit.

The scrimmage will feature 38 players – that’s 19 on each squad – from the parent club as well as minor-leaguers, who have played this season in the American Hockey League.

Notable players absent from the preliminary rosters include centers Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm (back) and forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin). Datsyuk is expected to be back in Detroit on Tuesday after spending the NHL lockout in Russia, where he played in the KHL.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the idea of the scrimmage is to duplicate a game day environment.

“We’re going to skate in the morning and practice at night, so we’re doing it right, body clock-wise and we understand what it takes,” Babcock said. “I get a chance to watch them play, so that’s a good thing. I’m not going to be on the bench, so it’s not going to help me that way, but the other coaches will, so they’ll get a chance to be around the players and I think that’s a positive thing for them.”

As for Datsyuk’s availability in the scrimmage, Babcock said, “That’s a Pavel decision and when he gets back, depending on how he’s feeling he doesn’t have to get off the plane and do anything. The fans would love to see him, obviously. So we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Because the Red Wings enter the shortened season not as deep as they’d like to be on the blue line, Babcock hopes to see someone seize some of the ice-time that’s availability the departure of both Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart to this year’s roster.

“Each year, your younger people if they don’t take huge steps you can’t continue,” Babcock said. “We’ve been real fortunate that way. We’ve had great progress. We think (Brendan) Smith can take a chunk. We think (Jonathan) Ericsson can take a big chunk. We think (Niklas) Kronwall the same thing. (Kyle) Quincey when he arrived last year he came at a time when we all got hurt, but his groin and back weren’t as good. He looks great right now. He’s skating real well and we need him to take a chunk.”

As for defensive depth in Grand Rapids, Babcock singled-out one individual.

“Nathan Paetsch is an American League contract, but we can always look after that,” Babcock said. “He’s played a lot of games in the NHL. We’re not as considered with that right there. In this league you’re going to go through bodies and we understand all of that. There’s a big opportunity right here for (Ian) White and (Carlo) Colaiacovo and Smith and (Jakub) Kindl and these guys to grab a huge chunk.”

The 29-year-old Paetsch has played in 167 games with Buffalo and Columbus. His best NHL season came in 2006-07 when he produced two goals and 22 assists with a plus-10 rating with the Sabres. This season, Paetsch has 17 points, is a plus-3 and has stayed out of the penalty box, collecting just three minor penalties in 31 games.

Here are the rosters for Tuesday’s Red-White game at Compuware Arena.

RED White
NO. PLAYER POS. NO. PLAYER POS.
39 Jan Mursak RW 93 Johan Franzen LW
40 Henrik Zetterberg LW 51 Valtteri Filppula C
24 Damien Brunner RW 29 Mike Knuble RW
20 Drew Miller LW 44 Todd Bertuzzi LW
25 Cory Emmerton C 8 Justin Abdelkader C
22 Jordin Tootoo RW 11 Daniel Cleary RW
21 Tomas Tatar LW 17 Patrick Eaves LW
15 Riley Sheahan C 65 Luke Glendening C
14 Gustav Nyquist RW 41 Landon Ferraro RW
26 Tomas Jurco LW 54 Trevor Parkes F
32 Louis-Marc Aubry C 73 Jeff Hoggan LW
57 Mitch Callahan RW 27 Kyle Quincey D
55 Niklas Kronwall D 2 Brendan Smith D
52 Jonathan Ericsson D 4 Jakub Kindl D
71 Nathan Paetsch D 18 Ian White D
23 Brian Lashoff D 53 Adam Almquist D
68 Chad Billins D 28 Carlo Colaiacovo D
3 Brennan Evans D 58 Max Nicastro D
50 Jonas Gustavsson G 35 Jimmy Howard G

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89