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Datsyuk and Zetterberg split up for Friday’s game

Jan 24, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

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Mike Babcock is shaking it up.

His lines, that is.

Per mlive.com, Detroit’s head coach has split up star forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg ahead of Friday’s home game against the Wild.

The Red Wings are 1-2-0 in their first three games and have scored just four goals along the way.

“You just can’t keep doing things the same,” Babcock said. “They played together today [at practice] on the power play, they were apart on regular shifts, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Datsyuk joined a line with Todd Bertuzzi (returning from the flu) and Valtteri Filppula; Zetterberg skated with Johan Franzen and Damien Brunner.

The Wings are also expected to have third-line center Darren Helm (back) in the lineup tomorrow.

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  1. wills19 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I think that is the way it should have been from the start. Splitting up Datsyuk and Zetterberg adds more power to the first two lines. I was thinking it should be Brunner-Zetterberg-Filpula, Franzen-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi,samuelsson, or Nyquist. Filpula played great with Zetterberg last year but I guess we’ll see what happens.

  2. sjt999 - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I’m glad to see helmer expected in the lineup. He is a great penalty killer which is one of many things that detroit needs to improve right now.

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I’m just gllad bertuzzi and helm r back

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