DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings had two new faces in their lineup, including one who has a big hole to fill in the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Anaheim Ducks.
After the Red Wings lost defenseman Danny DeKeyser for the playoffs because of a broken thumb, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Brian Lashoff would take DeKeyser’s place in the lineup for Saturday’s Game 3 against the Ducks at Joe Louis Arena.
“I’ve been skating a lot, working out a lot, and watching video a lot, so there’s no reason I can’t come in and contribute,” Lashoff said Saturday morning, following the Red Wings’ morning skate.
Lashoff and right wing Mikael Samuelsson — who has played in only four games as he battled injuries during the abbreviated regular season — played Saturday night against the Ducks. Samuelsson replaced Todd Bertuzzi, who was a healthy scratch.
"It has been a little tough, but it’s nothing I really think about now," Samuelsson told Fox Sports Detroit during the first intermission. "You go the hardest you can, but game speed is something different, especially in the playoffs."
Lashoff played in 31 regular-season games with Detroit, scoring a goal and four assists, and had a minus-10 rating. In 37 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, Lashoff scored two goals and four assists and was a plus-6.
“It’s more physical and more competitive out there, which I like,” said Lashoff, who played three games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in 2010-2011. “It’s been fun to watch, but you want to be out there.”
DeKeyser, a defenseman out of Western Michigan University and one of this season’s most sought-after undrafted free agents in college hockey, had an assist and was a plus-four in 11 regular-season games and was scoreless in two playoff games for the Red Wings.
Babcock said after Thursday’s game that DeKeyser will miss the remainder of the playoffs because of the injury, suffered during the second period of Thursday’s 5-4 overtime win in Anaheim.
SOURAY SCRATCHED: Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray was a healthy scratch for Game 3.
Souray took a pair of penalties in Game 2, including a slashing penalty with 38 seconds left in the third period. The infraction helped Detroit capitalize in overtime, as Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winning goal 1:21 into sudden-death overtime.
"[It's] unexpected, but we didn't win," Souray told ESPN.com Saturday morning of his benching.
"Whatever it takes at this point to win, you've got to respect."
GLOW AT THE JOE: Justin Abdelkader said Red Wings center Damien Brunner asked all season about . . . glow sticks.
The fans attending Game 3 received red and white glow sticks, which they waved during pregame introductions, which were emceed by former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty.
A member of the media asked Babcock about Brunner’s preoccupation with the phosphorescent wands.
“I don’t know what he thinks about,” Babcock said, which elicited a chuckle from the media at morning availability.
HOCKEYTOWN HERO: Among the media, team personnel, scratched players, and scouts on the roster was Scotty Bowman, who is the senior adviser for hockey operations with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bowman, a Hall of Famer, coached the Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in 1997 and 1998, and is the NHL’s all-time leading coach with 1,244 regular-season wins and 223 playoff wins.
He coached the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Red Wings to nine Stanley Cups, and won NHL titles in front office positions with Pittsburgh and Chicago.