Coach Mike Babcock reissued his challenge to the Detroit Red Wings’ bottom six forwards this morning at Jobing.com Arena, where the Wings hope to level their first-round series against the Coyotes in Game 2 tonight.
Babcock has made a small change to the third and fourth lines, putting Dan Cleary with Darren Helm and Drew Miller, and using Justin Abdelkader between Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves.
“What we thought is, our bottom six forwards in the game last game had no physical play,” Babcock said. “They had no grind time, weren’t hard enough on their defense. To me, we’ve got to be harder on their defense. So there’s a number of things we’ve got to do: We’ve got to get through the middle of the ice quicker, but we’ve got to be harder to play against. Abby is a big, heavy guy, and we’d like to bang some bodies, if we possibly can, in their zone.