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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80