Nearly three weeks have passed since New Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson has taken the ice, but that will change tonight as he makes his home debut with the Detroit Red Wings against Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Aflredsson is set to take the ice for the first time since September 17, when he suffered a pulled groin.
Detroit’s revamped second line of Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, and the also newly-acquired Stephen Weiss take the ice for the first time together. Despite their limited time with the team, they hope that they can develop a good chemistry as they both acclimate to Mike Babcock’s system. Per Mlive:
“Weissie and I have been here for a little bit, we know the systems, feel more comfortable overall,” Alfredsson said. “As far as the game goes, we just want to get going where you don’t think too much out there. Just focus on playing.”
The Red Wings hope Alfredsson, who plays right wing, will be the answer they were looking for last season as they didn’t get as much production from the right side. Tonight should serve as a good litmus test for what to expect.