Andersson in for Alfredsson; Drew hopes to face his brother, Ryan, in St. Louis

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ practice that took place at University Liggett, Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Alfredsson won’t play Sunday in St. Louis.

Joakim Andersson will take his spot after being a healthy scratch the last five games.

“That was my first time ever being a healthy scratch,” Andersson said. “It’s tough, obviously. The guys have been doing good, made the playoffs. It’s going to be fun going into a series.”

Andersson will skate with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco.

“We have a lot of good players,” Andersson said. “A lot of guys from Grand Rapids were playing well. Myself, I haven’t been great.”

Andersson, who missed six games with a broken foot, is a minus-11 in 64 games this season.

“This season has been up and down for me,” said Andersson, who has eight goals and nine assists. “I think I can be a better player. Other players have been doing good.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock said that sitting Andersson had nothing to do with his play on the ice.

“Andy’s been good,” Babcock said. “Andy just got in a situation where I tried something else, it worked. Andy’s a good player, plays hard for us, a smart, important part of our team. It had nothing to do with anything he did.”

Drew Miller may get another chance to face his brother, Ryan, Sunday as well.

“I’m always trying to score goals every game,” said Drew, who has yet to score a goal on his brother in the NHL. “Nothing really changes there. It would be cool to get one on him. Record wise I know I have him. Not sure what it is, but I know I have him pretty good I think. We’ll see if we can continue that.

“I’ve had a few shots, but nothing that I would say was a Grade-A chance,” Drew added. “Every game I just try and do what I do.”

Ryan was dealt from Buffalo to the Blues prior to the trade deadline.

“It went to seeing him maybe once a year, to having him in our division and then he leaves,” Drew said. “Then we play them two more times at the end of the year and he’s already gone from Buffalo. I guess that’s just the way it works sometimes.

“Any chance you get to play against each other it’s fun,” Drew continued. “You try and make the most of it. Most of it is off the ice, just getting a chance to see him.”


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