Mattias Ritola will get Ville Leino's spot tonight against Columbus. Uncle Mike is not happy with Leino and with reason. Here's the lines the Wings will roll out tonight, per MLive.com:
Here's what Babcock expects out of Ritola:
"He better shoot the puck and he better not be on the outside,'' coach Mike Babcock said, following the morning skate. "So it's real simple, I had this conversation with him.''
Andreas Lilja voiced his opinion on his friend and former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson being snubbed from the Swedish Olympic team:
"I think it's kind of nice when someone says what they really think instead of saying, 'OK, it was their decision, nothing I can do about it,' '' Lilja said. "Nice that people show emotions because he's (ticked off). I don't blame him.''
Sweden named Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom, and Henrik Zetterberg to the Olympic roster. Johan Franzen would have been a member of the team but because of his knee injury he is off roster.