Fourth line decisions; the goalie

DETROIT — Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he knew what he was going to do with his fourth line for the opener with the Blackhawks, but also said he was going to hold off on it for another day before revealing it.

“I’ve decided. No, you know what. I’ve decided but I’m not going to tell you until (Wednesday),” he said. “Because I’ll wait and see what happens. We’ve got some guys bumped, so we’ll make that decision at our skate.”

Detroit’s fourth line in Game 7 against Anaheim was made up of Patrick Eaves, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi. Samuelsson left practice early.

On Tuesday, Cory Emmerton, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, centered Bertuzzi and Eaves at practice.

Drew Miller could also be available.

Jimmy Howard left midway through practice, but is expected to start Game 1. He’s been bothered by a hamstring and has seen him practice minutes limited by the team.


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