Daily Archives: October 11, 2013

Game time change for Oct. 15

DETROIT — The Wings have announced that Tuesday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets has changed the start time from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Wings coach Mike Babcock: “I’ve never seen it like that, we’ve never been beaten like a drum like that at home ever.”

DETROIT – It all begins in the faceoff circle and the Detroit Red Wings were very poor in that area Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings won just 34-percent of the draws and it helped lead to a 4-2 setback to the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I’ve never seen it like that, we’ve never been beaten like a drum like that at home ever,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Their intensity was much higher than ours and we addressed from the first period on and never were able to anything about it. I know we have good faceoff people, we’re a real good faceoff team and tonight for whatever reason we weren’t.”

Derek Morris, Mikkel Boedker, Michael Stone and Antoine Vermette scored goals for Phoenix, while Mike Smith made 28 saves.

The Wings got goals from Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericsson. Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.

“We were poor as a team,” Babcock said. “We started out, we lost the first seven faceoffs in our own zone and we didn’t skate very good, gave up too many odd-man rushes.”

With the game tied 2-2 heading to the third, the Wings had a golden opportunity to pull ahead on the power play, but could generate nothing offensively.

The Coyotes then got the game winner just two seconds after a tripping penalty to Stephen Weiss expired from Stone. Vermettte added an empty netter to seal things.

Through four games this season Detroit has just eight goals total.

“Lack of goals, I don’t know it’s lack of offense,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “We created a lot of chances. We need to put the puck in the net. I probably should have had two tonight. I’ve got to bear down a little better when I have the chance. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

“I don’t know if it’s a little too early cause for concern but you have to get more than two on most nights to win,” Daniel Cleary said. “But we’re usually a team that plays well defensively. We’ve been too loose last couple losses. I’m not concerned about the offense, I think we’ll be fine.”

A number of odd man rushes also was an issue in the loss.

“We created enough chances, but we gave them way too many chances,” Zetterberg said. “We just need to keep it a little tighter and be more structured. Probably had 10 or 15 odd man rushes. You don’t see that often in this building. There are things we have to work on. We’re happy we don’t have five days (off) now. We practice tomorrow and play again on Saturday.”

Detroit went 0-for-2 on the power play, making them 0-for-10 on the season.

The Coyotes opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game when Morris got a puck from the point through a maze of players to beat Howard blocker side, sneaking it just inside the post. The goal was setup on a draw cleanly won by Vermette right back to Morris on the blue line.

The Wings had the first power play chance of the game, but it lasted all of 15 seconds after Johan Franzen was sent off for hooking in the offensive zone.

In the second period, the teams combined for three goals in less than two minutes to begin the second period.

The Wings got the equalizer and go-ahead goals just 53 seconds apart by the six-minute mark.

Andersson potted his first of the season driving hard to the net to put home a rebound off Smith’s blocker. Jakub Kindl began the rush out of Detroit’s zone and flung a backhand on goal that was directed in front where Andersson found it waiting for him.

Ericsson put the Wings ahead moments later after keeping the puck in the Coyotes’ zone he used a screen from Justin Abdelkader to beat Smith for the unassisted goal.

Boedker evened the game back up, grabbing a loose puck down low and waiting patiently for Howard to commit before firing it top shelf into the open net.

Wings shake up lines; Glendening will center fourth line

DETROIT – Quick update from Detroit Red Wings practice Friday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

Coming off back-to-back losses, Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided to juggle up his top lines and also add rookie center Luke Glendening into the mix.

Justin Abdelkader was taken off the top line and Todd Bertuzzi was added to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Abdelkader was added on a line with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen, which meant Daniel Alfredsson was bumped to the third line with Daniel Cleary and Joakim Andersson.

“That’s the thing about our business, if you don’t do good things you have to change things and that’s the bottom line,” said Babcock, who wasn’t completely sure if that’s how the lines would like for Saturday’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “All I know is I can’t keep going the way we’re going because it isn’t working. I’ve got one line playing, 13-40-8. 8’s playing really well and skating good so I’m going to penalize 13 and 40, take him away and put him somewhere else. He’s got to help somebody else.”

Alfredsson understands why the move may be made.

“I think our line hasn’t clicked as we would have liked,” said Alfredsson, who had been on a linewith Weiss and Franzen. “(He) needed to change something. Hopefully this can stabilize and spread out the scoring and get everybody going.”

Cory Emmerton was sent to Grand Rapids to make room for Glendening.

“He’s a thick kid,” Babcock said. “When we played in Toronto, Cory Emmerton went and he went. He played against (Nazem) Kadri and I thought he played really well. He’s a right-hand shot, ideally he’ll learn to win faceoffs at our level and he’ll learn to be a good penalty killer. He might end up having to play on the wing for us one day because we have Andersson and (Darren) Helm down the middle, but we’re going to give him an opportunity to help us.”

It also appears Jordin Tootoo will see his first action of the season, playing with Drew Miller and Glendening.

“I want him to be Toots,” Babcock said. “I want him to be solid on the puck and make good plays on the wall and get it out and I want him to be all over their D.”

Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson was also activated off the injured reserve.

The Wings were also still talking about how they were dominated in the faceoff circle in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

“When you get beat like we did last the way we did, I’ve been here a long time, but if you can dig up a game when we’ve been that bad at home,” Babcock said. “I understand sometimes in the first period you get fed your lunch and you respond, but it was like that all night long. We lost the first seven draws in own zone, to me that’s intensity and being prepared. As a coach you didn’t do a very good job. It’s up to you to get your team ready to play, we weren’t ready to play, we didn’t play hard enough, we were foolish in the way we played, we weren’t relentless, go through the whole thing and it was a tough day.”

The Wings won just 34-percent of the faceoffs taken against the Coyotes.

“You could just tell the focus wasn’t there from the start, especially in the first,” Jimmy Howard said. “You look at the faceoffs in the first period alone and that pretty much tells the whole story of the night and how it went. From the drop of the puck to the final buzzer they were the better team and they won.”

Howard had to leave practice for some time after getting hit with a puck in his left shoulder. He’s expected to start the game against the Flyers.