Emmerton, Brunnstrom out against Sharks; Abdelkader centering fourth line

DETROIT — After being being outscored a combined 11-2 in their last two games, Wings coach Mike Babcock has made his decision on his lineup and line combinations for Friday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks.

“The last two games anyway you look at it we’ve been beaten 11-2, that’s a lot to a little,” Babcock said aftrer practice Thursday. “I thought we were fine in Washington, actually I thought we were really good through two periods. I didn’t think in Columbus we were at all. Any time you get behind the eight ball in this league early you’re in trouble.”

Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom will sit, while Justin Abdelkader will center the fourth line with Drew Miller and Tomas Holmstrom on wing.

“I didn’t like (Patrick) Eaves and Holmstrom together on the fourth line, I didn’t think there was enough skating there,” Babcock said. “I wanted to play those guys more and in order to do that I’ve got Abdelkader there.

“I think Eaves and Miller are real important on our penalty kill and right now Cory Emmerton, he was out last game and out this game, I’m not sure if that’s the right thing to do because he’s a real good player,” Babcock added. “But that’s what I’m doing.”

The Sharks have eliminated Detroit from the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

“We’ve had two good series with San Jose and they’ve eliminated us from the playoffs two years in a row,” Babcock said. “You can’t make up for that by winning a game in the regular season, but it sure makes you feel better. It’s an important game for our team because anytime you lose a game you want to stop it right away.”


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