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Red Wings tinker with look of power play

by Brian Hedger

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Red Wings might tweak the look of their power play for Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

During their morning skate, the Red Wings practiced the power play using somewhat of an umbrella scheme, with only defenseman Niklas Kronwall at the point. Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen were on the flanks with Justin Abdelkader in front of the net and Henrik Zetterberg roaming.

"We tried it out in practice," Abdelkader said. "We'll see what happens in the game, if it stays or not, but if it does we've just got to shoot pucks and get second chances, second rebounds and break them down. Power plays always start with a shot, so we've got to make sure we're shooting, getting pucks back and taking them to the net."

Detroit is 1-for-22 on the man-advantage in this series (4.5 percent) and got its goal in the second period of Game 4 from Jakub Kindl with one second left in a penalty to Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. That goal wound up being the game-winner in Detroit's 2-0 victory that gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

They haven't scored on the power play in the past two games, and Chicago is a sterling 39-for-39 on the penalty kill in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Our power play retrieval part of it hasn't been good enough," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "So, their four guys are working harder than our power play to get it back. If you're one-and-done, your power play's not very good because there's no skill plays happening. You're just [shooting once] and they break and they fire it down and you work on your breakout. That's a lot of exercise. It's way more fun wearing them out in their zone."

Here's how the Red Wings and Blackhawks looked during their morning-skate line rushes:


Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader

Valtteri FilppulaHenrik ZetterbergDaniel Cleary

Gustav NyquistJoakim AnderssonDamien Brunner

Drew MillerCory EmmertonPatrick Eaves

Niklas KronwallJonathan Ericsson

Kyle QuinceyBrendan Smith

Carlo ColaiacovoJakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Ian White, Todd Bertuzzi, Jordin Tootoo, Jordan Pearce

Injured: Darren Helm (back) and Danny DeKeyser (fractured thumb) are out for the series. Mikael Samuelsson is day-to-day with an upper body injury.


Patrick SharpJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane

Bryan BickellMichal HandzusMarian Hossa

Brandon SaadAndrew ShawViktor Stalberg

Marcus KrugerDave BollandMichael Frolik

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Niklas HjalmarssonJohnny Oduya

Nick LeddyMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Sheldon Brookbank, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Ryan Stanton

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