DETROIT-- Cory Emmerton showed what kind of player he can be in Saturday night's 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Emmerton had two goals and an assist, one more point than he had in his previous 20 games combined.
While the Red Wings don't expect Emmerton to get three points every game, they do expect him to be a little more consistent. Like all the fourth-line players, Emmerton has to be responsible defensively, use his speed and chip in offensively when the opportunity presents itself, as he did Saturday.
"He's got NHL skills, he's got to decide he's an NHL player," coach Mike Babcock said. "When you don't play for a while and mentally you might start getting closer to the door. You don't want to be closer to the door, you want to be in the middle of the room hanging on. So it's a good sign for him."
Drew Miller, who also had two goals Saturday, was happy to see one of his fellow grinders get on the scoresheet.
"I've been in the same exact position as him in the past,"...