Niklas Kronwall met with reporters on Wednesday, making his first comments since being suspended for Game 7 of the Tampa Bay series for a charge on Bolts forward Nikita Kucherov:
Nik Kronwall said he’s “extremely disappointed” about suspension. “I don’t agree with the decision”
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) April 29, 2015
Kronwall said he disagrees. Didn’t think he traveled distance. Didn’t think both feet left ice at impact.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 29, 2015
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 29, 2015
One guy not interested in talking about the Kronwall suspension was Detroit head coach Mike Babcock, who’d only say “I think if I talk about Game 7, then I won’t get fined.”
As for tonight, Kronwall won’t be the only veteran d-man out of the lineup. Marek Zidlicky has been sidelined by a concussion, forcing Detroit to ice a six-man defensive unit comprised of:
Jonathan Ericsson — Alexey Marchenko
Danny DeKeyser — Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith — Jakub Kindl
Replacing veterans Kronwall and Zidlicky will be tough. The pair combined to play over 41 minutes in Monday’s Game 6 loss in Detroit.