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08:16 AM ET 01.25 | In a short season, a few games of offensive futility is enough. The Detroit Red Wings hope a little line juggling and the return of some healthy bodies Friday against Minnesota will get them headed in the right direction following a sluggish start. Coach Mike Babcock has split up stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who played together for most of the first three games, along with Damien Brunner. "You just can't keep doing things the same," Babcock said. "They played together [Thursday] on the power play, they were apart on regular shifts, and we'll see what happens tomorrow." Johan Franzen skated with Zetterberg and Brunner. Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi joined Datsyuk's line.

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January 25, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Now we shall see what kind of coach Babcock really is...

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January 25, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Put Le Monstair in!!!!!

January 25, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Still one without a defence. And without that it doesn't matter what you do up the ice.

exactly....

January 25, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Still one without a defence. And without that it doesn't matter what you do up the ice.

DING DING DING.... we have a winner....that defense is really bad right now...and I don't see it getting a ton better in the near future

January 25, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Put Le Monstair in!!!!!

Do you really want to lose this bet that badly?

January 25, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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DING DING DING.... we have a winner....that defense is really bad right now...and I don't see it getting a ton better in the near future

Anyone they can bring up that can help?

January 25, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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DING DING DING.... we have a winner....that defense is really bad right now...and I don't see it getting a ton better in the near future

There could be a Subban in your future.

January 25, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Do you really want to lose this bet that badly?

The Red Wings will ride him to glory!!!

January 25, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Anyone they can bring up that can help?

Nothing that's going to be a big help DWI.... they're gonna look to trade someone...I wouldn't be surprised if they made a run at Suban.... not exactly what I'd like but hey...they're desperate right now. Hell they signed Huskins....lol

January 25, 2013  09:54 AM ET

*Subban* sheesh can't spell this morning

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January 25, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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The Red Wings will ride him to glory!!!


I agree. It's Monster time in Motown!

You guys make me laugh.

January 25, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Are the still 0-fer on the PP?

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January 25, 2013  01:43 PM ET
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Are the still 0-fer on the PP?

Yep. 0-15. And amazingly, that's not even the worst in the league. The defending Stanley Cup champs are 0-19.

Their PK is almost as hideous. 6 GA on 14 TSH.

They have also allowed a short handed goal against.

January 25, 2013  01:50 PM ET

Personally, I'd like to see Babcock tweak his offense rather than his lines. Their perimeter offense is obviously not working right now, so why not just fire pucks on net and crash for rebounds every once in a while?

January 25, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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Personally, I'd like to see Babcock tweak his offense rather than his lines. Their perimeter offense is obviously not working right now, so why not just fire pucks on net and crash for rebounds every once in a while?

thinking the same...it's like they are picking shots...hell the other night Franzen gave up 4-6 chances of just shooting ...and passed out to an outside shot instead...I was wanting to hit him over the head with his own stick

January 25, 2013  02:20 PM ET
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*Zetterberg to MTL* sheesh can't spell this morning

ok.

 
January 25, 2013  02:26 PM ET
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Personally, I'd like to see Babcock tweak his offense rather than his lines. Their perimeter offense is obviously not working right now, so why not just fire pucks on net and crash for rebounds every once in a while?

That style has worked for them in the past. Some of their forwards need to get a little more aggresive in close.

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