The Red Wings are trying to make tonight's Red and White game as special as possible. It will be Henrik Zetterberg's official debut as the team's new captain, as the Wings have called an afternoon news conference to announce the passing of the "C" from Nicklas Lidstrom to Zetterberg. "We're going to anoint a new captain," Daniel Cleary said. "That doesn't happen every other year in Detroit. It's a pretty special thing. "I think it's a great choice. He would be a unanimous vote in here. The biggest thing for me, with Hank, is that he's so unselfish. He's such a personable guy. And he's a star. He's got great talent on the ice, but he's very respectful off the ice. He's vocal when he needs to be, and he leads by example." Scrimmages usually are split into halves, but tonight's will have the standard game situation of three 20-minute periods. The Wings also are calling up top prospects Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson and Riley Sheahan to join the game along with the rest of the Griffins. The game starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Doors open at 5. It will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit and can be heard on WXYT-AM (1270). It is unclear whether Pavel Datsyuk will be on hand. He stayed in Russia over the weekend to play in the KHL All-Star Game, was due in Detroit on Monday afternoon and is expected at today's morning skate. Given that his body clock will be 9 hours ahead of Detroit's zone, he might be too sleepy to play. "That's a Pavel decision," coach Mike Babcock said. "He doesn't have to get off the plane and do anything. Fans would love to see him, obviously, and so we'll see what happens."
Henrik Zetterberg becoming captain is 'pretty special;' will Pavel Datsyuk play in scrimmage?
Detroit Free Press | Jan 15