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Undermanned Wings Face Playoff Foe at The Joe

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings

(Photo by Debora Robinson/Getty Images)



Detroit has center Pavel Datsyuk back from a seven-game absence following a concussion, but the Red Wings are still without captain Henrik Zetterberg (back), goalie Jimmy Howard (sprained knee), defenseman Danny DeKeyser(shoulder) and three other forwards, including Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader (concussion protocols). Franzen left Detroit's game Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning early in the second period after being hit in the face by defenseman Radko Gudas.

Rookie Tomas Jurco, Detroit's second-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, made his NHL debut against the Lightning and the Red Wings have called up center Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Franzen.

"Normally, and I say this all of the time, someone else gets an opportunity," coach Mike Babcock said. "We’re running out of guys to get opportunities."

Tonight, the banged up boys in red will look to top a rolling Anaheim Ducks team.

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