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Wings make Samuelsson healthy scratch, Tootoo draws in

Dec 19, 2013, 12:13 PM EST

Mikael Samuelsson

Losers of six straight, the Red Wings are looking for a spark and they’ll get one tonight as Jordin Tootoo — recently recalled from AHL Grand Rapids — will draw into the lineup against Calgary.

His inclusion will come at the expense of veteran Mikael Samuelsson who, according to the Detroit Free Press, will be a healthy scratch this evening.

Samuelsson, 36, has just one goal and three points in 21 games this year, and his lone goal came in a season-opening victory against Buffalo (so, 20 straight games without a tally.)

The veteran winger has played in each of Detroit’s last two games but has been largely ineffective, recording just two shots on goal with a minus-2 rating while playing under 10 minutes both nights.

As for Tootoo, he’ll be playing just his ninth game of the year and first since Nov. 4. The 30-year-old was placed on waivers and spent a brief time in AHL Grand Rapids before yesterday’s recall.

  1. jmcurran28 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    There will be punches.

  2. hockeydon10 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Scratching Sammy is addition by subtraction. He’s been pretty sub-par.

  3. LampyB - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Sammy should never have been brought back into the organization in the first place.

  4. polegojim - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    As it should be… Put up or sit down.

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