DETROIT — Joakim Andersson saw just over seven minutes of ice time in his first game this season with the Wings, skating on a line with Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader.
“I thought we had some good shifts, I’m pretty happy about it,” said Andersson, who had three shots on goal and two hits. I was hoping to get called up. They told me I’m close to being here.”
Andersson, who has 10 goals and 17 assists in 36 games with the Griffins, replaced Todd Bertuzzi (back) in the lineup.
He has yet to record a point in six games with Detroit dating back to last season.
“I think I’ve been coming closer and closer (to NHL) every year here and last year I got a couple games in (five),” Andersson said. “I felt more comfortable than last year.”