Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn't making too many changes to a lineup that suffered a humbling road loss Saturday against the Boston Bruins.
Detroit was tied with Boston 1-1 after 20 minutes despite being outshot 14-5 in the opening period. But the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to close out a 4-1 win and hand the Red Wings their first loss of the 2013-14 season.
In response, Babcock is only making one marginal lineup change, sitting 22-year-old Tomas Tatar in favor of veteran forward Mikael Samuelsson on the team's fourth line. Tatar made his season debut Saturday in Boston and his 9:08 of ice time ranked last among Red Wings players.
With a lengthy period of rest between games, Thursday saw a couple of players who had been injured inching their way closer to being back in the Detroit lineup. Forward Jordin Tootoo announced he was ready to play again after nursing a shoulder injury, but he will sit out Thursday's home matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes. Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has been nursing a groin injury since the preseason, but he has been practicing with the team and appears close to being activated from short-term IR.
Here is the projected lineup for Detroit, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com:
Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader
Johan Franzen - Stephen Weiss - Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Cleary - Joakim Andersson - Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Mikael Samuelsson
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl - Danny Dekeyser
Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith
Scratched: Tomas Tatar, Jordin Tootoo
Injured: Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Patrick Eaves (knee), Darren Helm (back)