DETROIT >> With Pavel Datsyuk working on a regular line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader that meat Wings coach Mike Babcock had to shake up two other lines.
Gustav Nyquist bumped down to play alongside Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, while Tomas Jurco was on a line with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.
“Just trying to get that line to generate more,” Babcock said of Sheahan’s line. “(Nyquist has) been playing real well, if I’m going to play Pav and Z together they need a bigger body to be at the net for them. I want (Nyquist) to have as many touches as he can so Sheahan’s a big body to be at the net for him and Tatar. Then, I’ll go the way with Helmer, Nesty and Jurco. We need Jurc’s to get going too. It’s an opportunity for those guys.”
The fourth line there was no change to.
“I think having a real good player around is positive,” Babcock said about the possibility of getting Datsyuk in the lineup for the first time this season. “We don’t want to defer to Pav, we’ve been doing fine without him. We just want everyone to play and do their part. It’s going to take Pav a while to get going too.”