Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that he was not going to split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg this season.
But with the goal scoring having gone south in a hurry, he was left with no choice.
“I told them I wasn’t going to split ’em up; I told you guys I wasn’t going to split ’em up,” Babcock said. “Here we are 11 games in, I’m splitting them up.”
Datsyuk has been skating with Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi, while Zetterberg is now with Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar. It's worth noting that Zetterberg is centering that line.
Datsyuk (five goals) and Zetterberg (six goals) have accounted for 11 of the Red Wings' 25 goals. As a team, the Wings have scored only three goals in the last three games.
“Well, obviously, we think we need more going,” Babcock said on why he shook up the lines. “And it’s too easy to shut down one or two guys. You need a team going. And right now, we need Alfie and we need Mule and we need a whole bunch of guys to score.”
The moves don't come as a surprise, as Babcock has split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the past, and seen some success.
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