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Babcock praises Brunnstrom's contributions

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 1:22 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

DETROIT -- There won't be many changes to either of the lineups for the Red Wings and Avalanche, other than a shift of Tomas Holmstrom to the left wing on the top line for Detroit with Jiri Hudler moving down to the left side of the third line.

Forward Todd Bertuzzi (sick) is still out of action and didn't skate after not practicing on Monday and missing the game against Anaheim last Saturday. Patrick Eaves (back) skated but also remains out of the lineup after missing the previous two games with the injury.

Jakub Kindl re-enters the defense lineup for the Red Wings in place of veteran Mike Commodore, who got his first two games in last week against Minnesota and Anaheim. Fabian Brunnstrom, who picked up an assist in a 5-0 win against the Ducks last weekend, will remain in the lineup on the right wing of the fourth line -- at least until Bertuzzi or Eaves returns.

"Brunnstrom played great last game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He competed, he skated, he was on the puck ... he was good. He earned the right to play again and ideally he'll play well and keep earning confidence and be a player for us."

Meanwhile, Avs coach Joe Sacco said Matt Duchene will remain on the left wing of the top line with Paul Statsny and Milan Hejduk. Sacco likes what he's seen from Duchene on the left side, which he's only done for a few games so far.

"I've definitely seen improvement (from Duchene) the last two games that we put him on the left side with Statsny and Hejduk," Sacco said after Colorado's Tuesday skate at Joe Louis Arena. "The game against Dallas, he scores a hat trick ... but two of those goals are on the power play and he wasn't even on the ice with those two guys. But he just had more jump. He was skating and working."

AVALANCHE


Matt Duchene - Paul Statsny - Milan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Daniel Winnik
Joakim Lindstrom - TJ Galiardi - Chuck Kobasew
David Jones - Jay McClement - Kevin Porter

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Shane O'Brien - Kyle Quincey
Ryan Wilson - Ryan O'Byrne

Semyon Varlamov will start in net for the Avalanche, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere will back him up.

RED WINGS


Tomas Holmstrom - Pavel Datsyuk - Danny Cleary
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen
Jiri Hudler - Darren Helm - Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Fabian Brunnstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings, while Ty Conklin will back him up.




For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory