Babcock goes back to Tuesday’s line combinations as he prepares for anything in series with Bruins

DETROIT >> On Thursday, Wings coach Mike Babcock went back to the forward line combinations he used Tuesday at practice.

Those lines were Pavel Datsyuk centering Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader, while Tomas Jurco was on a line centered by Darren Helm along with Daniel Alfredsson. Gustav Nyquist was back with the Kid Line of Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar.

“In my mind we have three ways we can go,” Babcock said after practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. “I tried to go through those so you’re always prepared. You’re trying to see in advance for adjustments so we’re trying to do that. We think in their building (Patrice) Bergeron is probably going to play against Pav and probably (Zdeno) Chara as well.

On Wednesday, Nyquist was with Datsyuk and Abdelkader and Jurco was with Sheahan and Tatar. Franzen, Helm and Alfredsson made up the other line.

“So we can load up that line or have different kind of lines,” Babcock said. “We want to have a plan for adjustment if it’s not going the way you want.”

The fourth line of Luke Glendening centering David Legwand and Drew Miller remained the same.


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