Luke Glendening was promoted from Grand Rapids on Friday. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — You lose as poorly as the Red Wings did Thursday against Phoenix and changes will be made.
Sure enough, the Red Wings quickly made some Friday, bringing up forward Luke Glendening while sending down forward Cory Emmerton to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings also activated goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) while sending down Petr Mrazek to the Griffins.
Coach Mike Babcock will use Glendening (Grand Rapids, University of Michigan) on the fourth line Saturday against Philadelphia, on a line centering Drew Miller and Jordin Tootoo (who will make his season debut).
“Did you watch us?” said coach Mike Babcock, when asked about the changes. “That’s the thing about our business — if you don't do good things, you have to change things.”
Babcock didn’t like the fact Phoenix won 46 faceoffs to the Red Wings’ 24; the Red Wings allowed 21 scoring chances (a typical game is between eight to 12) and the defensive zone coverage wasn’t good.
“Not good enough,” Babcock said, summing up the evening.
Glendening (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) gives the Red Wings a bigger body, a right-hand shot and the ability to be hard on the puck.
“He’s a thick kid,” Babcock said. “When we played Toronto (in the exhibition season) he went up against (Maple Leafs forward Nazem) Kadri and played real well. We’re going to give him an opportunity to find out if he can help us.”
Babcock also shuffled the lines in practice.
In practice Friday, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were skating with Todd Bertuzzi, while Stephen Weiss centered Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader, and the third line consisted of Joakim Andersson playing between Daniel Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary.
“I’m not 100 percent,” said Babcock of the line shuffling. “All I know is I can’t keep going the way I’m going, because it’s not working.”
The line of Franzen, Weiss and Alfredsson bottomed out in Thursday’s loss, going a combined minus-10.
“For sure, our line hasn’t clicked as we would have liked,” Alfredsson said. “We needed to do change something and hopefully this can stabilize and spread out the scoring and get everybody going.
“I have one line playing (the Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Abdelkader line).”
The Red Wings had a minor scare during Friday’s practice, when a shot struck goalie Jimmy Howard near the shoulder area and stunned him.
It happened in the early going of practice, with Howard skating off the ice and not returning until the later stages of the workout.
Howard did face shots and said he would be ready to go Saturday against the Flyers.
“Just a stinger; I’ll be all right,” Howard said. “I’m fine.”
The Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette earlier this week after three losses to open the season and replaced him with Craig Berube.
“They’re a team that’s searching for an identity just like we are right now,” Howard said. “It’s going to be another of those games where you’d better be ready to go from the drop of the puck. I’m expecting them to play us hard.”
…Tootoo, who has recovered from a bruised shoulder, is expected to bring physical play against a tough Flyers team.
“I want him to be Toots,” Babcock said. “I want him to be solid without the puck, make good plays on the wall and be all alover their defense.”
Flyers at Red Wings
Flyers at Red Wings
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: FSN-Detroit/97.1/WXYT 1270 AM.
Records: This will be the only appearance at Joe Louis Arena for the Coyotes…The former Western Conference rivals have allowed 11 goals in three games…G Mike Smith has a .904 save percentage but 3.40 goals-against average.
Outlook: The Flyers made a quick coaching change after losing their first three games, replacing Peter Laviolette with Craig Berube…The Flyers have struggled offensively early, scoring a total of five goals through four games…RW Claude Giroux had no points in four games.