Babcock to split Zetterberg and Datsyuk up … maybe

DETROIT — Wings coach Mike Babcock had Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk split up at practice on Tuesday.

Datsyuk centered a line with Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom, while Zetterberg was between Danny Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi.

The other lines consisted of Mike Modano, Valtteri Filppula and Justin Abdelkader, while Darren Helm, Jiri Hudler and Kris Draper made up the fourth line.

Drew Miller worked in with the Zetterberg line.

Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall look as if they were be reunited on the blue line together.

“We’re kind of picking from where we were playing together regularly,” Stuart said.

“Stewie is Stewie,” Kronwall grinned as he looked down four stalls from him where Stuart was sitting. “We’ve had some good chemistry in the past. It’s good to have him on your side.”

Brian Rafalski and Chris Osgood will return to the lineup against Washington.

Patrick Eaves did not practice and won’t play Wednesday. He was giving a personal day according to Babcock.

Ruslan Salei remains in California with his expectant wife. It looks like he won’t play the next two games.

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One response to “Babcock to split Zetterberg and Datsyuk up … maybe

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