DETROIT — Quick update from the Wings’ optional morning skate.
Wings coach Mike Babacock said he’s going with the same group of forwards and defensemen he’s used over the last three games tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, which means defensemen Ian White and Kent Huskins are healthy scratches.
Jimmy Howard will start in goal.
Justin Abdelkader will continue to play on a line to Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Cleary.
Abdelkader has no goals and just one assist in 22 games this season.
“I’ve just got to keep doing all the small things, keep shooting, putting the puck on net and hope for some breaks,” Abdelkader said after the morning skate. “I haven’t gotten much puck luck. I’ve just go to keep going to the net and all the hard areas and eventually I’ll find the back of the net.”