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Sheahan out ‘for a bit’; Datsyuk status for Saturday unknown

DETROIT >> The Wings will be without center Riley Sheahan for “for a bit” according to coach Mike Babcock.

Sheahan suffered an upper-body injury during Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“Obviously he brings a lot, but someone else gets an opportunity,” Babcock said of Sheahan. “I made a policy over the last few years, there’s no sense in talking about the guys who aren’t here. We’ll talk about the guys who are.”

Sheahan had played every game this season, totaling 12 goals, 22 assists and a minus-2 rating.

Pavel Datsyuk took part on line drills at practice, centering a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar on wing.

Babcock wasn’t sure if Datsyuk will play Saturday when the Wings host Tampa Bay.

He’s missed the last five games with a lower-body injury.

Erik Cole also didn’t practice. He missed Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury.

“I don’t know,” Babcock said when asked about Cole’s status. “It’s pretty obvious you come here every day and ask me about these guys. When they’re ready to play they tell me. When they’re not … What do I do?”

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Wings lock up one restricted free agent; Sheahan gets $1.9 million

DETROIT >> One down and two to go.

The Wings signed one of their three restricted free agents off last year’s roster, Riley Sheahan, to a two-year worth an average salary cap it of $950,000.

His last three-year deal had an average salary cap hit of $785,000.

Sheahan had nine goals and 15 assists in 42 regular season games last year.

However, like most of the youngsters he struggled in the playoffs. He had no points, was a minus-1 and struggled to win faceoffs.

Sheahan really caught the eye of Wings coach Mike Babcock at last year’s eight-team prospects tournament in Traverse City stating he was the best player throughout the event.

“He’s gotten better and better,” Babcock said last season. “He’s made plays for us and he’s allowed his linemates to play and not worry about the defensive side as much.”

“Your confidence grows when you know your coach feels comfortable with you,” Sheahan said last season.

Because of a rash of injuries at center last season, Sheahan got an opportunity to show how his game had developed and he really impressed.

He was recalled from Grand Rapids in mid-December and was sent back after playing four games. Not even three weeks later he was back with the team and was a fixture in it since Jan. 11.

Sheahan was Detroit’s first round selection (21st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and was projected to be a second-line, two-way center.

“Great player, great shot, big body, smart guy,” Tomas Tatar said last season. “I think he’s one of the guys that’s got the whole package.”

With Grand Rapids the year before, Sheahan had 16 goals and 20 assists in 72 games.

“I think my offensive game maybe is leveled up a bit,” Sheahan said. “I think confidence is the biggest thing. Playing with such good players it’s sort of easy to get confidence because they’re always making plays and you always feel like you’re part of the play and then in the O-zone you’re cycling the puck and you’re always on it.”

Sheahan helped lead the Griffins to winning the Calder Cup two seasons ago.

Glendening: “I think I’m the weak link here.”

DETROIT >> The Wings’ two young centers – Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan – have struggled mightily in the faceoff circle this series.

“I haven’t been very good,” Glendening said. “I’ve got to be better.”

“Yeah obviously winning draws, you get possession of the puck so they’re big for us and they’re something that we definitely have to do better,” Sheahan said. “We just gotta kind of match their intensity and kind of strategize off of what they do.”

In Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 to Boston, Glendening won just one of eight faceoffs (11 percent).

“I think everyone else is doing well on our team,” said Glendening, who’s won just 30 percent of the draws through four games. “I think I’m the weak link here. I’ve struggled in the faceoff circle and that’s hurt our team.”

Sheahan is at 38 percent for the series.

“We try to help them with it every day,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We go over it and over it and over it. We show them tendencies. The problem against Boston is they’ve got some good faceoff guys. If you’re Glendening, the coach is the guy who keeps putting you out there against (Patrice) Bergeron. He’s one of the best players in the world. If Pavel (Datsyuk) goes head-to-head with him it’s 50-50. So I don’t know if that’s a big surprise. In saying all that, though, why would you play him against him? Well, what’s my other option? So what we’re doing is Glennie’s mentally tough. He’ll dig in and find a way. We’re hoping it’s sooner than later. We’re hoping it’s not three years from now.

“The same with Riley Sheahan,” Babcock continued. “They’ve got figure out a way to have the puck instead of chasing it. It’s a lot of D-zone time when you’re chasing it. You saw two power play goals last night. I think one took four seconds and the other one took four and half seconds or something. That means you lost the face-off. Faceoffs are a big deal in the game. They add up.”

Sheahan set to make season debut, centering Bertuzzi and Samuelsson

DETROIT — Riley Sheahan, 22, will make his season debut, centering Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson.

“Riley’s a real good center-man, a two-way player and good defensively, hard on the puck and can score,” Gustav Nyquist said. “He also has a great shot so hopefully he brings that out tonight and helps us win.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock is hoping he gets from Sheahan what he’s gotten from the others that have matured in Grand Rapids, including Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco.

“In exhibition he spent a lot of time thinking instead of just playing,” Babcock said. “We’ve talked to him, he’s played well in the American League, he’s been their best player there the last little bit and we expect him to come in and do what Jurco did and take over. When you look at the kids we’ve called up from the minors, where they didn’t start in the lineup, Tatar wasn’t in the lineup, Gus we called up, Jurco played great the other night. Everyone we’ve called up has played great so why wouldn’t he.”

Sheahan, who was selected in the first round (21st overall) in the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame, has six goals and eight assists in 23 games with the Griffins.

Sheahan, 22, has leapfrogged Cory Emmerton as far as call ups go.

“I think winning helps you, being elite at any level helps you,” Babcock said. “When you win the Calder Cup with a bunch of veteran players it’s one thing, but when you win it with kids like we did, I think that means we have good players. Are they going to be high-end players I don’t know the answer to that. We’re going to watch. We put Jurco the other day with Pav (Datsyuk) and we’re going to give Sheahan an opportunity and if he grabs it’ll he’ll get it and keep it.”

Sheahan has played in two games over his career with Detroit, one in each of the past two seasons and has no points.

“You know you wait for this time throughout the season and just try to play your best at the level you’re at,” Sheahan said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be winning some games and playing with some players in Grand Rapids so yeah I’m really looking forward to starting the game tonight.

“I know there are a lot of guys itching at their chance in Grand Rapids (to get up here),” Sheahan continued. “There are a lot of positions that can be filled easily so you just gotta make the most of it and play your best.”

Sheahan recalled over Emmerton

DETROIT — In need of another center, the Wings recalled Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids and he’ll play Tuesday against Anaheim.

Sheahan, 22, has leapfrogged Cory Emmerton as far as call ups go.

“We’ve seen Emmerton for nine games, we know what he can do,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We haven’t really seen Riley Sheahan. He’s a first-round pick. He had a pretty good rookie year last year and had a good playoff in Grand Rapids. Let’s see what he can do.”

Sheahan, who was selected in the first round (21st overall) in the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame, has six goals and eight assists in 23 games with the Griffins.

He’s played in two games over his career with Detroit, one in each of the past two seasons and has no points.