DETROIT >> Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall missed practice due to the arrival or soon-to-be arrival of newborns.
“I would assume that they’re both playing,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re not giving birth. Their wives are.”
Datsyuk just had a daughter, while Kronwall’s girlfriend is expecting.
Daniel Alfredsson also missed practice.
With those missing Babcock’s top line consisted of Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi. The second line consisted of Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, while Darren Helm centered Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist on the third line. The fourth line had Luke Glendening centering David Legwand and Drew Miller, with Joakim Andersson rotating in.
Xavier Ouellet was recalled from Grand Rapids and was paired with Brendan Smith.