Zetterberg Moves to First Line in Franzen's Absence

The Red Wings get a rare look at Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight as the defending Southeast Division Champions visit Joe Louis Arena.

It will be the first match of many this season where Detroit will be without Johan Franzen, who suffered a torn ACL during Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. To compensate, coach Mike Babcock has shuffled the forward lines.

Henrik Zetterberg will be moved up to the first line, at least temporarily.

"I wouldn't count on it staying like that," Babcock said following today's morning skate.

Valtteri Filppula and Ville Leino will move up to the second line, joining Dan Cleary. Todd Bertuzzi shifts down to the third line along with Jason Williams and the recently-recalled Justin Abdelkader. Kris Draper continues to center the fourth line with Brad May. Kirk Maltby and Patrick Eaves will rotate in and out on that line, with Eaves getting the nod tonight for his Detroit debut.

Game time is 7:00 with television coverage by Fox Sports Detroit.

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I better get to see Ken and Mickey.... If not, I am going to fire it off on DirecTV

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/10/2009 at 6:29 PM

 

I'll be stuck listening to Ken and Mickey. I'm painting a bathroom tonight so I'm gonna crank the volume up and try to run in and catch replays when I can.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2009 at 6:37 PM

 

As much as it sucks to lose Franzen for awhile, I'm excited to see Dr. Fil and Leino get more time. Let's just hope they do something with it!

I don't want the Caps to win, but I wouldn't mind seeing a crazy Ovechkin goal celebration.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 7:08 PM

 

Caps get the first goal. Not good.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 7:14 PM

 

Oh dear Osgood.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 7:15 PM

 

That was sorta crazy in front of the net but Leino scores!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 7:37 PM

 

That was all because of Cleary.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 7:38 PM

 

Cleary is badass tonight!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 7:46 PM

 

Williams on the powerplay! 2-1.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 8:33 PM

 

Jesus Christ.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 8:34 PM

 

I could swear Ovechkin left his feet before checking Stuart.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 8:41 PM

 

No kidding, tonight catmandu asked "What's Williams done?" at the start of the game. This is like the third or fourth time in the last couple seasons she's asked about a player only for him to score an important goal shortly afterward.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2009 at 8:48 PM

 

From earlier:

That first power play is one of the worst I have seen in a long time. You can tell that we are missing the mule.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/10/2009 at 8:52 PM

 

Third period, let's go boys! Get that first third period goal this season!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/10/2009 at 8:57 PM

 

What the hell was that?? f*ck!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/10/2009 at 8:59 PM

 

I'm gonna have to look up that rule about the net. I didn't know it was a judgement call.

And Ovechkin totally hauled down Datsyuk on that shorthanded rush.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2009 at 9:10 PM

 

And he wasn't even standing in front of the net!

Holmstrom makes it 3-2. Awesome <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 9:21 PM

 

Pinpoint pass, pinpoint shot. Oh yeah.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 9:21 PM

 

30 seconds to go.....

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 9:31 PM

 

Those last 15 seconds scared me. Red Wings win! Awesome <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

I also must say I like the way Bertuzzi is playing now - he's actually doing stuff!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/10/2009 at 9:33 PM

 

Phew.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 10/10/2009 at 9:33 PM

 

I also must say I like the way Bertuzzi is playing now - he's actually doing stuff!


I was saying the same thing at the end there. He's really, really picked up his defensive play. From the sound of things he's exactly the kind of person (not player) who would realize his game had slipped and come to Detroit to learn the Wings' system and reinvent himself. That's why I was cool with signing him last summer.With about 15 seconds left the puck is sitting in the Detroit crease. I thought I was gonna scream. Solid, solid defense. Looks like it was that way all night. I'll rewatch what I missed before giving any opinions.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/10/2009 at 9:43 PM

 

I agree that Bertuzzi has picked up his game. As I have said before, players find themselves in Detroit. The only complaint I have is that first goal Ozzie let in. Any thoughts as to when Nick will pick up his 1000th point?

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/11/2009 at 12:17 PM

 

We saw both games last week...10/08 and 10/10...picking and choosing this year.

During the game with Chicago, the Joe resounded with organ music...I am old enough to remember when organ music was the media of choice in hockey arenas, but I swear the crowd hardly knew what to make of it!! Kinda funny...I also thought maybe some were still suffering from the aftershock of the Tigers' defeat....

Anyway, my observation from both games is that what the Wings may be lacking in firepower they are overcoming (in those games, anyway) with pure grit. Much as I admire Ovechkin, seeing him go without a goal was sterling!

It's a different Wings team, but a highly entertaining one, nevertheless. They deserve better crowds than they are drawing. I'd like to see the organization do something to sell those empty seats.

Posted by OldBroad on 10/12/2009 at 2:09 PM

 

I'd like to see the organization do something to sell those empty seats.


They think schedule magnets will draw fans better than lowering ticket prices will.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/12/2009 at 3:43 PM

 
Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff

Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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