Alfredsson, Ericsson out against Penguins; Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall healthy, but won’t play

DETROIT — Daniel Alfredsson (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (contusion), Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) won’t play tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alfredsson didn’t practice and has played one game this preseason.

Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL and ankle) and Jordin Tootoo (shoulder) are also out.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will also sit.

The team had to bring back Riley Sheahan and Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids to fill the lineup.

“Every year I have this fantasy that this game and the on Friday night was supposed to be a full roster,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously that can’t happen, plus we can’t play guys three games in four nights. That doesn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re a kid. So we’ll have to figure out a way to get a lot of Grand Rapids guys back for a couple of days.”

So the lines will be Stephen Weiss centering Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader; Riley Sheahan centering Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary; Joakim Andersson centering Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar; Cory Emmerton will center Drew Miller and Mikael Samuelsson.

The defensemen pairings will be Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith; Danny DeKeyser and Ouellet; Brian Lashoff and Adam Almquist.

Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall will all return Friday.

“I want to watch guys compete,” Babcock said. “We’ve got to make decisions. We’ve got three games left. Let’s compete, let’s do what we’re supposed to do. Focus on our details and continue to get better as a team. We haven’t scored any goals with the exception of one game. We don’t shoot the puck. We’re averaging 23 shots a game. We got to shoot the puck, we got to get to the net.”

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