Riley Sheahan had two assists in four games with the Wings in December. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
El Segundo, Calif. — The Red Wings have recalled forward Riley Sheahan.
Coach Mike Babcock said after Thursday’s 4-1 loss in San Jose he needed another center in the lineup — primarily to move Justin Abdelkader back to a wing.
Sheahan is the type of 6-foot-2, 212-pound center the Red Wings need right now. Sheahan had two assists in four games with the Red Wings last month.
Babcock is hindered by the fact centers Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and Darren Helm (groin) both continue to be out of the lineup on a day-to-day basis.