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Wings didn’t expect NHL verdict on Kronwall … he’s suspended for Game 7 against Tampa Bay

DETROIT >> The worst case scenario has happened to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall for Game 7, Wednesday night at Tampa Bay, after he was suspended for one game by the league for a hit he had on Nikita Kucherov in Game 6.

The league said Kronwall was suspended for “charging.”

“I thought it was a good hit,” Wings coach Mike Babcock prior to finding out what the league decided. “I thought it was, you know he (Kucherov) was leaning back, trying to get out of the way. Kronner’s foot was on the ice when he made contact, elbow tucked in on the side. It went
through him.

“If you go through the series, in Game 2 (Ryan) Callahan did the same to (Danny) DeKeyser. (Monday) night, was it in the second period or the first period, (Ondrej) Palat got (Luke) Glendening exactly the same way.”

Kronwall was not penalized for the hit, during which his elbow made contact with Kucherov’s head as the second period drew to a close. Kucherov, but was back for the start of the third period.

Kronwall is their top defenseman and logs the most ice time of any player and playing in all situations.

“I’ve seen it many times, a lot of slow-motion,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “I think when the contact is made his feet are on the ground. His follow through, I think, hit’s his head, but he has his arms down. His elbow is down when the contact is made, and just got to wait to see what the league thinks.

“He’s a real important for us,” Zetterberg continued. “He plays a lot of minutes, so we just got to wait and see.”

Rookie Alexey Marchenko or Jakub Kindl will be in the lineup.

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Wings do move into first place in Eastern Conference

DETROIT >> The Wings will go to bed Wednesday night and wake up Thursday morning knowing the same thing.

They’re in first place overall in the Eastern Conference.

The point the Wings earned in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena, moved them a point ahead of ideal Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh for first overall in the East.

“Getting points is good when you can get them,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “Obviously we wanted two here at home, but one point is better than no points. If you look how the game ended with a 3-on-4 there for almost a minute I think we’re going to be OK with this tomorrow and move on.”

Niklas Kronwall was sent off for goalie interference with 57 seconds left in overtime.

“I thought we played good,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “It’s over with to me. We got a point. They stole two points but I’ll take it every night. If you play like that you’re going to win.”

Wings still looking for success on the power play; penalty kill still has yet to allow a goal

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ off day at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Babcock felt his team needed a day off after getting home late from Montreal and having a meeting with Pittsburgh on home ice Thursday.

“We never got home till late, late, late,” Babcock said. “I just thought I want energy tomorrow. I didn’t know what was right for sure.

“We wanted to clear a lot up in our game so we had a meeting,” Babcock continued. “We dealt with our power play a little bit and we felt we can score a lot better by being harder, we haven’t been. We’re just trying to evolve our game so we did that.”

The Wings were 0-for-3 with the man advantage in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens, dropping them to just 2-for-24 on the season.

“I think we have to get the puck back more, that’s the biggest thing,” Babcock said. “You have to shoot it more and get it back more. There’s lots of stuff we talked about here today. There are lots of people that know what’s expected. The other thing is you have to get off the schneid, you just have to get one so everyone relaxes and makes plays instead of doing what they’re doing right now. I’m confident that will happen.”

Gustav Nyquist has both of Detroit’s power play goals this year.

“I’ve been real impressed with our look and our opportunities,” Babcock said. “Even last night, Hank (Zetterberg) had the wide open net and hit the post. We had some looks, but it hasn’t gone in for us. Once it goes in you start feeling better about yourself. We need some goals out of it.”

In those 24 power play opportunities the Wings have just 28 shots on goal.

“We keep talking about it, but we have to get some more pucks to the net,” Niklas Kronwall said. “I think that’s the bottom line. How it gets there is not always that important, just gotta make sure that it gets there and we have people there. So we’ve gotta take the shot more often.

“You want to do good out there,” Kronwall continued. “Of course sometimes I think maybe you overanalyze things and you want to do the right thing and that ends up you thinking too much. Just go back to basics and keep it simple out there usually works.”

Darren Helm has a pair of assists on the power play. Kronwall and Johan Franzen have the others.

“The scorers get lots of points on the power play,” Babcock said. “You want the power play to go well because it makes you feel good individually as well.

“I think initially you say, ‘Hey it’s going good’, and it is, but eventually it’s got to go in,” Babcock added. “We have to find a way to be better at it and be harder to play against in that situation.
The other thing is the when you look at the work ethic of our penalty kill and how hard those guys work. The power play has to work just as hard because you have to outwork the guys you’re playing against. If you don’t you have no chance.”

The Wings’ penalty kill has yet to allow a goal against on 18 chances.

Why wasn’t Nyquist on ice in OT Wednesday? “It drove me crazy that I did that,” Babcock sayd

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock still can’t explain why the team’s leading scorer, Gustav Nyquist, watched from the bench most of overtime against the Bruins.

“It drove me crazy that I did that,” Babcock said. “Even though we worked with those other guys, how the heck was I dumb enough to let that happen? We even talked about it and I still did it.”

Nyquist, who has a goal in each game this season, had one shift in OT and wasn’t on the ice during the Wings’ 4-on-3 power play in the final minute. Instead Babcock went with the unit they practiced that scenario with the day before, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Riley Sheahan and Niklas Kronwall.

“We thought that was the best chance to score,” Babcock said. “But then when we scored another goal in that game on the power play wouldn’t you just put him on the ice?

Wings know they’re going to face a desperate Bruins team Wednesday

DETROIT >> Boston is coming in a desperate team after falling to 1-3-0 on a last-second goal allowed against Colorado on Monday.

“They’ll come out flying I’m sure,” Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to play with the same pace we have in the first two games. Stay with the same structure. So far it’s looked pretty good.”

The Bruins have been outscored 9-4 through four games.

“That team has thrived on scoring a lot of goals and I think they’re probably at that point where they’re pretty desperate right now,” Brendan Smith said. “So we definitely in the first little bit have to weather the storm or match it or better it and then get back and keep playing our game and take it to them. For sure they’re going to be coming. They need these points after a few of these losses. They’ll be pressing a little bit and we got to make sure we make good plays.”

Detroit is 8-1-0 in the last nine regular season meetings against Boston.

“The biggest key is just doing it over and over, shift after shift,” Kronwall said. “It might sound like a cliché but especially against Boston, they’re a well-structured team. They do the same things for 60 minutes every game. That’s how you have to play to beat them, and obviously play with a high pace as well.”

The Bruins knocked the Wings’ out of the playoffs last season in five games.

“We don’t think about records,” Nyquist said. “This is the first time I’ve heard we’re 8-1-0 against them in regular season. It’s a new game. They’re going to come in here and have lost a couple now in a row so they’re going to come in hungry. We lost a tough one against Anaheim in the final seconds so we’re hungry as well. I’m expecting a real hard, tough fought match.”

The Bruins also have David Krejci back and signed Simon Gagne to a contract on Tuesday.

“We’re not tricking Boston and they’re not tricking us,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re just going to go out and do what we do and do it the best we can. Because of the way they play we’re going to do things different just like we do every night depending on the opposition.”

Kronwall excited about the Wings’ future

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Detroit Red Wings’ locker cleanout Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings reached the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season, due in large part to a bunch of young players.

“The regular season was a big challenge for us with all the injuries we had, lots of guys coming in and out of the lineup,” Niklas Kronwall said. “We’ve got a chance to see some of the younger guys do really well. I think there’s a very exciting future. Guys that had to grow up maybe sooner than they had to, and without he young guys we couldn’t have made it to the playoffs.”

Gustav Nyquist led the team during the regular season with 28 goals and was tied for third with 48 points. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1 in the five games.

Tomas Tatar was second on the team during the regular season with 19 goals and ranked sixth with 39 points. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-3 in the five games.

Riley Sheahan had nine goals and 15 assists in 42 games during the regular season. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1 in the five games.

Tomas Jurco had eight goals and seven assists in 36 regular season games. He had no goals and no assists and was a minus-1. He found himself out as a healthy scratch in the final two games of the series.

“(They) give us a lot (of optimism),” Kronwall said. “Not only did they come in and play great but they also got a taste of the playoffs, what a different game it is, how tight it is,” Kronwall said. “It’s not a lot of space. Somehow you have to find a way to fight through it. It was a good learning curve.

The Wings lost in five games to the Boston Bruins.

“These guys know what to expect a little bit more,” Kronwall added. “Hopefully all of us in here need a big summer of training and be ready to go when the season starts. The message was pretty clear, have a great summer of training and be ready to go. We need a good start. It was tough when you’re not in a good spot with 15-20 games to go, when you have to fight for every inch out there, it’s a little different than what we’ve had in the past.”

Four players will be heading to Belarus to take part in the World Championships – Justin Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar and Jakub Kindl.

Baby names

DETROIT >> Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall are both new fathers.

Datsyuk welcomed in his second child, a girl, named Vasilisa Datsyuk.

Kronwall greeted his first, a boy, named Douglas Kronwall.