Winnipeg, Manitoba — The changes were actually singular, a change, and it was minor.
Coach Jeff Blashill talked about lineup changes after Monday’s dismal loss in Minnesota but his hands were tied. There simply aren’t very many available bodies.
So the only tweak to the Red Wings lineup Tuesday in Winnipeg was the likely reinsertion of Luke Glendening — out Monday with the flu but apparently ready to play — who’ll replace Joakim Andersson.
But make no mistake — Blashill wants to see more than he did in Minnesota.
“We have a group that overall has been pretty good for us,” he said. “I wasn’t overly happy with the way we played, I thought it was self-inflicted, and nothing to take away from Minnesota, but I know we can do better.”
After the disappointing loss, Blashill went about his usual preparation.
“My management style is I go to everybody and talk,” he said.
“I have conversations and try to pick perspectives from different people, (general manager) Ken Holland, our assistants, training staff, anybody who has a different perspective, I like to hear from. I do think it’s real important you don’t make decisions out of frustration and I was probably a little frustrated last night.
“We have to make sure we make calculated, sound decisions and that’s kind of what we’ve done here today.”
Rather than one single player or line, Blashill wants to see a bit more from the entire group.
“It’s collectively, being a little bit better,” he said. “You look at the league, it’s so tight. It’s just a little bit better out of everybody, to give us a little bit more consistency. That might be the difference between a couple of wins.”
More on way
More talent in the Red Wings pipeline?
Apparently, there is, judging from the world junior tournament going on currently in Finland.
Take Canada’s 3-2 shootout victory Tuesday over Switzerland.
The best player on either team was a Red Wings prospect.
For Canada, defenseman Joe Hicketts, a captain, scored the game-tying goal and has been a rock on the Canadian defense throughout the tournament.
And, incidentally, Hicketts was signed as an undrafted free agent. He’s a 5-foot-8, 185-pound defenseman about whom scouts rave for his passing, shooting and poise offensively, while the defense continues to come along.
And for Switzerland, goalie Joren van Pottelberghe, a 2015 fourth-round draft pick, stopped 32 shots and almost led the Swiss to a major upset.
Blashill caught glimpses of the game during the afternoon and liked what he saw.
“When you have prospects do well in that tournament, it’s such a good tournament, it speaks of the job the scouting staff continues to do,” Blashill said. “(Scouting director) Tyler Wright has done a real good job the last couple of years of leading that scouting staff.”
Other Red Wings prospects competing at the tournament include forwards Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom (Sweden), defenseman Villi Saarijarvi (Finland) and June’s first-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov (Russia).
Blashill said he’d start the same lines as the Red Wings have had lately, but could shuffle lines in the days ahead.
“We have to continue to evaluate and make tweaks that can accentuate and help guys do their best,” Blashill said. “It’s something we’ll look at.”
Reuniting Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk is a possibility.
… Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) missed his fifth consecutive game.
“Day to day,” Blashill said. “We’re just waiting for him to get over the hump.”
... Big local touch with the Winnipeg Jets. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce/Walled Lake Northern), defenseman Jacob Trouba (Rochester/Michigan) and forward Andrew Copp (Michigan) all have prominent roles with the Jets.