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Notes: Callahan replaces Glendening in lineup

Defenseman Brian Lashoff called up on emergency basis but won't be needed

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - The Red Wings are making another lineup change.

Anthony Mantha returned to the lineup Wednesday night in Colorado after sitting out two games as a healthy scratch and now Luke Glendening will take a seat.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Mitch Callahan will take Glendening's spot in the lineup.

It will be Callahan's fourth game since he was called up March 2.

Callahan is a California native and his parents still live there, so it's not too far to get to Arizona.

"I got a few family members," Callahan said Wednesday. "My parents are flying in and they're going to fly back out after the game. I got a bunch of cousins that are renting an RV and making a little boys trip out of it. It's going to be exciting."

Callahan said when he was younger, he and his parents would make the 5.5-6.5-hour drive to tournaments in Glendale and Scottsdale.

Callahan's father is the only one who has seen him play in the NHL in person.

"It will be (the first time) for my mom," Callahan said. "My dad came to my debut in Columbus, he was the only one to make it. Everyone besides my dad, it will be the first time them watching me play on NHL ice."

EMERGENCY CALL-UP: After Wednesday night's game in Colorado, the Wings thought they might need another defenseman so they called up Brian Lashoff from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

"There were two question marks after last night, all of which are fine so then the emergency is terminated," Blashill said.

Lashoff played in five games with the Wings earlier this season.

MRAZEK IN: Jimmy Howard played in Colorado, so Petr Mrazek will get the start in Arizona in the second game of the back-to-back.

After early-season struggles, Mrazek has been more consistent in the last couple of months.

"I just think he's done a great job of managing his game," Blashill said. "I think he's been aggressive but still stayed inside his crease, I think the puck's stuck to him, I think he's had good swagger, I think he's looked big in the net. That's when he plays his best."

Early in the season, Mrazek was working on some technical adjustments with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko.

"I think anytime you're working at your game, sometimes that happens that it's a little bit to get used to. I certainly think that he's a better goalie technically in certain areas today than earlier in the year. I think he's in a real good spot. I think it's going to serve him well long-term."

In two career starts against the Coyotes, Mrazek is 2-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.

"They've been playing real good, they play real good at home (16-15-4)," Blashill said. "They play hard. I thought they carried the play against Colorado certainly, a team that we just played so we know it'll be a heck of a challenge tonight."

HELLO, TEEMU: The Wings have seen several of their former players in the last week.

They saw Tomas Jurco when he came to town with the Chicago Blackhawks, Brendan Smith when he came to Detroit with the New York Rangers and now they will see Teemu Pulkkinen.

Pulkkinen was originally claimed on waivers by Minnesota and then later picked up by Arizona.

"I didn't get a chance to see him," Blashill said. "I hope I get a chance to say hi."

Pulkkinen has two goals in 10 games with the Coyotes.

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