Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/29/11

EDMONTON - May 1: A dejected Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings talks to the media in the locker room after being eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2006 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton defeated Detroit 4-3 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
DETROIT -- It might just be one game of 82 on the schedule but for the Red Wings and their fans, it will be special to have the Tampa Bay Lightning in town. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is still pretty well known around these parts. The Wings are well aware of who will be getting the loudest cheers Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena. "Hell probably get a standing ovation," Justin Abdelkader said. "Hes a legend here in Detroit, and he deserves all of the credit, hes done a tremendous job. And moving into the front office and working his way up, and now being a general manager, which was kind of his goal, and I think hes done a good job in Tampa Bay." None of the Wings mind that for one moment, their fans will be cheering for the opposing team's general manager. "I think it's great for fans, who maybe able to get to see him on the big screen," Danny Cleary said. "It's different, but considering who it is an amazing player. He didn't just have an average career, a great career, what he did for Detroit and the championships he won, his whole legacy, the players are pretty mindful of that." Abdelkader is a Michigan native who, like many, grew up watching Yzerman serve as the Wings captain and had him as one of his favorite players. "For sure, absolutely. Just the leadership and how he carried himself on and off the ice," Abdelkader said. "In the playoffs when you saw him skating almost on one leg, I think that was 02, when he was injured and kept battling out there, he was counted on in all sorts of situations and seemed to always come through." Abdelkader said he even wore No. 19 for a few years. Abdelkader got to chat with Yzerman a few times but didn't get to know him as well as some of the players. "Yzer was a good guy," Cleary said. "We were friendly for sure. We got along real well. He always liked to jab at me and he was fun." Henrik Zetterberg, whose locker was once next to Yzerman's in the dressing room, is still keeping the most important thing in mind heading into the game against Yzerman's team. "Were just happy that hes back and its going to be fun, and hopefully well get to see him for a bit, and that hell leave here with no points," Zetterberg said. Counteracting the Lightning's system The Red Wings are well aware that the Lightning play a trapping 1-3-1 style. But Wings coach Mike Babcock said it's not really drastically different from what most teams do. "What I would tell you is that 90 percent of the teams start in a 1-2-2 and go to a 1-3-1 anyway, as soon as the puck changes sides," Babcock said. "I don't know what difference that is. What they do with their 1-3-1 is they go back, they get the puck, they don't go over, they don't say anything, they just throw it out so the first guy on the forecheck is their stretch guy. They get a lot of quick breaks out of that. "The key to not letting any forecheck hurt you is to get the puck going in a hurry before it gets set up. If you play a slow game, it'll get set up. The last time we played against them, we didn't have to deal with any 1-3-1 because we moved quick. If we play a slow game, we're going to have to get through the 1-3-1." Zetterberg said they can't get sucked into playing the Lightning's game. "You got to have patience." Zetterberg said. "They will not come after you if you have the puck. We don't play them that often. We played them last year once and that's what happened. As soon as we had the puck, they just waited for us at the blue line." Babcock said he's quite impressed with several of the Lightning players, particularly Steven Stamkos, who has 15 goals and 10 assists in 23 games. "Stamkos, for me, is just a riot to watch," Babcock said. "I love to see a guy that fast, that young, that hungry, skates like that, his ability to be that strong as he is and then he pulls away from people. He flat out just wants to shoot the puck every time he gets it. I love that. Watching him and then (Martin) St. Louis, for me is, he's nothing but class. He does everything right. He's a great player and he distributes the puck so well and plays with such tenacity. "For a man his size to be as good as he is, it's been amazing and he does it year after year after year. Obviously Vinny's (Lecavalier) skating better than he has in a number of years and then you throw in the other guys -- (Ryan) Malone's a real good player for them. (Brett) Connelly, the first-round pick, looks like he's going good. And their role players play hard so they've got a good team." St. Louis (6 goals, 13 assists) and Marc-Andre Bergeron (6 goals, 13 assists) are second to Stamkos in team scoring. The Lightning are third in the Southeast Division at 11-10-2. They are only 4-7-2 on the road so far this season. Franzen not on the ice Johan Franzen is still apparently dealing with a lower-body injury. Franzen did not practice with the team Tuesday but said he will play in Wednesday's game. "That's why I try to get three days off skating so hopefully it will be better this time," said Franzen, who received treatment and did off-ice work. Eaves update Patrick Eaves underwent successful surgery to wire his broken jaw shut Monday night. "Patty's doing as well as you can be with a broken jaw," Babcock said. "Time's going to tell and obviously there's pain there. Wired for two weeks, see what happens after that." After a couple of weeks, Eaves might be able to get elastic bands so that he can have a little more movement in his jaw. Eaves will miss six to eight weeks.
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