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Babcock mum about Detroit lineup changes

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 6:01 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Ducks-Red Wings series blog

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Babcock mum about Detroit lineup changes

ANAHEIM -- The Detroit Red Wings had an off-ice workout Wednesday and coach Mike Babcock said he hadn’t decided if he would make lineup changes for Game 2.

Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson are available but Babcock threw cold water on the idea of bringing the forwards in even though they have Stanley Cup Playoff experience.

"I think it’s great to have veterans that are ready to go," Babock said. "I've just been around the game a long time and understand that when a guy misses training camp … why is he not very good? Because he missed training camp.

"I haven’t spent a whole lot of time feeding my family on hope. It’s know. So sleep on it more tonight and decide."

Babcock liked his team's play 5-on-5 Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks and pointed to the two power-play goals the Red Wings allowed in Game 1 as a primary reason for the team's 3-1 loss. Detroit’s defense was exposed, though, with an inability to get through the neutral zone. The Red Wings played three defensemen with no playoff experience, but now they know what it’s like.

"I don’t think you've got to get hit by a car to understand that it hurts," Babcock said. "I think they’re aware of the fact that there’s going to be more intensity but sometimes being involved in it helps you out."

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