if you don't do good things, then you have to change things.
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has not seen a lot of good in the last two games, so he is making some lineup changes.
Justin Abdelkader is off of the top line, and now on the second line with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen. Daniel Alfredsson has dropped to the third line with Joakim Andersson and Dan Cleary. Todd Bertuzzi has replaced Abdelkader on the first line.
The fourth line has been revamped, as Cory Emmerton was sent back to Grand Rapids, while Luke Glendening was recalled to center the line. Jordin Tootoo will return to action on the line as well.
"All I know is that I can’t keep going the way I’m going because it isn’t working,” Babcock said. “I’ve got one line to play.”
Defensively, Brian Lashoff will replace Brendan Smith, who has continued to struggle.
In other news, Jonas Gustavsson has been activated off of long term injured reserve, and will back up Jimmy Howard. Petr Mrazek was sent back to Grand Rapids.
Glendening, a former University of Michigan star, will make his NHL debut Saturday. When he made his debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins last year, he scored his first career goal on his first ever shift. He has drawn some comparisons to former Red Wing "grind line" member Kris Draper.
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