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Red Wings shuffle lines for game vs. Sharks

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 12:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Red Wings shuffle lines for game vs. Sharks

In the wake of a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will have a few different line combinations and defense pairings heading into his team's game Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Tomas Tatar will rejoin the lineup and skate at right wing on Stephen Weiss' line, along with Daniel Cleary. Justin Abdelkader will return to the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and Daniel Alfredsson will go back to playing with Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi.

On defense the Wings will be missing Jonathan Ericsson, whose wife went into labor Sunday. Xavier Ouellet, called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, will take his place and make his NHL debut.

The Red Wings also called up center Darren Helm and sent Luke Glendenning to the AHL.

In addition, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who sustained a concussion during a game Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, took part in the morning skate but will not play Monday. The hope is he's ready to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Here is the lineup the Red Wings likely will use against the Sharks on Monday:

Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Daniel Cleary - Stephen Weiss - Tomas Tatar

Todd Bertuzzi - Johan Franzen - Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Jordin Tootoo

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

Xavier Ouellet - Brendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Mikael Samuelsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm

Injured: Patrick Eaves (knee), Niklas Kronwall (concussion)

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