Tomas Tatar is excited about his new role on the Red Wings, even if his coach is cautious.

The Wings spent much of Monday's practice working on their power play, hoping it'll pay off tonight against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Wings won't have top-six forward Johan Franzen available because of a sore hip flexor, but grinder Jan Mursak has been cleared after being sidelined since opening night with a collarbone injury.

Coach Mike Babcock wasn't sure whether he'd make a lineup change. The Wings are frustrated because they have just one point their past three games, most recently letting a lead slip Sunday in Minnesota.

"You have to start on time, you've got to play the whole 60 minutes, and the best team wins," Babcock said. "And we haven't been the best team, because we found a way to not get it done three games in a row now."

They've also not converted on a power play after six road games, which is why Babcock is mulling giving Tatar a look as the net-front guy on a unit with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Tatar isn't big, but he's fearless, fast and eager to please.