Quick update for tonight’s game against the Canadians:
Babcock confirms that Daniel Alfredsson will be back in the lineup, tonight, after missing 6 games with lower back spasms. The wings will definitely welcome his leadership and offensive ability.
“It’s been really good three days of skating and no issues so I’m ready to go,” Alfredsson said. “It’s always frustrating to be out and now be able to skate like I have and have no issues it feels great actually.”
Babs is excited to get him back. So are we, Mike.
“Good to have him back; we just have to keep him healthy,” said Babcock. “He’s a smart player, knows how to play. Helmer’s line struggled last game, gives him a change. Helmer, Abby and Alfredsson were good together earlier in the year. I’ve got Cleary playing with Helmer and Alfie today and ideally that’ll give us a good line.”
I guess Babs is thinking Cleary and Abby play a similar game. Similar? Yes. Same worth? No
Alfredsson has gone 3 practices real hard and hasn’t had any issues so he looks to be good to go. With Alfie taking that spot on the third line, Bertuzzi will join Samuelsson and Kindl as healthy scratches and Gustavsson is back in net, according to Babcock. The kid line of Jurco, Sheahan and Tatar remain together after having a very good showing against Chicago. Seems Jurco has earned himself some extra time with Detroit.
Here’s the lines:
Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco
Daniel Cleary-Darren Helm-Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Patrick Eaves
Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff-Brendan Smith
Jonas Gustavsson (starting)