DETROIT — Riley Sheahan played in his first game of the season for the Wings, replacing Jordin Tootoo in the lineup.
“He was OK, but he’s going to get a trip to the minors (Monday),” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s going to be a player for us, but he’s got to get quicker and he’s got to have more pace to his game. When you’re ready and you come here, you show you’re ready. When you’re not quite, then you’re going to get caught.”
Sheahan had just under seven minutes of ice time playing on the fourth line.
Babcock also kept intact the six defensemen he employed in Friday’s win at Colorado.
“I don’t know 100 percent for sure why I did it, but we won the game (at Colorado) and I liked it,” Babcock said. “We had seven coming this morning, but when I got here and talked to the coaches again, we decided to go with the same six. I thought they played good and we didn’t give up very much. We’ve got a few days now. We’ll look at it and get retooled to go again.”