Babcock sticks with same D for Game 7, but still undecided about fourth line

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Saturday that the same six defensemen will play in Game 7, but he hasn’t made a decision on his fourth line.

“The D is playing,” Babcock said. “We made mistakes on the back end, but (we’re using) the same D, I’m just thinking about what I’m going to do on my fourth line. I haven’t figured that out.

“We didn’t manage the puck good enough on the back (in Game 6),” Babcock continued. “We had too many turnovers, both from our forwards and our D that led to opportunities for them. I don’t mind when they generate them but I hate when we generate for them.”

Babcock could try to get Patrick Eaves back in the lineup for either Mikael Samuelsson or Todd Bertuzzi. If Eaves goes in it’ll probably be to replace Bertuzzi since Samuelsson gets time on the power play.

Babcock admitted he didn’t have a good reason why Eaves was a healthy scratch in Game 6.


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