The newest Red Wings player to do his Tomas Holmstrom impersonation isn't nearly as big and stocky as Holmstrom, and maybe doesn't quite have Holmstrom's temperament.

But Tomas Tatar is more than willing to try the net-front position on the power play, which is half the battle.

"I'm not the biggest guy, like Mule (6-foot-3, 218 pounds), so I have to be way quicker than the other defensemen," said Tatar, who is 5-10 and 185 pounds. "I have to outplay him with my quickness. I have to retrieve pucks from the corner and hold the puck around the net."

Tatar was spending his fourth season in Grand Rapids before being recalled.

"I'm getting lots of chances this year," said Tatar, who was not called up last season. "I'm trying to prove I belong."

Tatar has four points in seven games.

"He generates offense," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He's not shy. Can he keep doing what he's doing? I don't know. But he sure has so far."

Fine time

Wild forward Devin Setoguchi was fined $8,108.11 for high-sticking Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey last weekend.

Quincey said he needed 20 stitches near his chin after the play, late in the second period.

Not quite ready

Forward Mikael Samuelsson was a late scratch after being hit on his left hand by an Ian White slapshot during a power play drill during the morning skate.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Samuelsson would have tests on the hand today in Detroit.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130219/SPORTS0103/302190433#ixzz2LSIqLdMS