DETROIT | Following Friday night’s loss at the Winnipeg Jets, Dale Hunter broke out a new tie for Sunday’s game at the Chicago Blackhawks. That humbling loss might mean another tie gets a turn in the rotation, but much more importantly it means a change to the lineup.
Jeff Halpern gets back in for Monday night’s matchup at the Detroit Red Wings, he confirmed earlier in the day. It was not immediately clear whom Halpern will be replacing.
Joel Ward played 11:57 Sunday, but not the lowest ice time on the team. That belonged to Matt Hendricks at 11:14, though Troy Brouwer saw only 12:16 in his Chicago homecoming.
Halpern has been a healthy scratch for five straight games, with Hunter giving no public explanation for what the 35-year-old forward did wrong. He’s ranked fourth in the NHL in faceoffs (58.3 percent), but in his three most recent games was at 40 percent, 40 percent and 33.3 percent.
On defense, expect to see Roman Hamrlik back in the lineup … but who comes out remains to be seen. Jeff Schultz did not have his best game Sunday at the Blackhawks and could be the odd man out.
“That’s a game-time decision,” Hunter said about whether Hamrlik would be back in.