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 Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader
Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Cleary
Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson – Damien Brunner
Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves
Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith
Carlo Colaiacovo – Jakub Kindl
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 Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Michal Handzus – Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Marcus Kruger – Dave Bolland – Michael Frolik
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy – Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Sheldon Brookbank, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Ryan Stanton