Game 1: Emmerton in, Samuelsson out for Wings vs. ‘Hawks


The Detroit Red Wings will make a change from the lineup that won Game 7 of their first-round series against Anaheim.

Cory Emmerton will draw back in for injured forward Mikael Samuelsson, who aggravated a pectoral muscle injury against the Ducks.

“I’ve just got to play my game, be physical and be hard to play against,” Emmerton told the Macomb Daily. “For our line, we need to play well down low, be in their zone and play hard.

“That’s going to be the keys for us to be successful.”

Emmerton, 24, played in the first six games of the Anaheim series before being dropped in Game 7. He went scoreless and posted a minus-4 rating, averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time per game.

In 48 games this season, Emmerton scored 5G-3A.

Losing Samuelsson will be significant for the Wings. While he barely played during the regular season (four games), he rebounded nicely in the postseason, scoring two points in five games against Anaheim, averaging over 13 minutes a night.

He’s also one of Detroit’s most experienced playoff performers, having appeared in over 100 postseason contests with the Wings, Canucks and Panthers.