Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is considering making a change to his lineup for today's Game 2 against the Sharks, though not to his top line.

Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg will stay together because that's the best scenario to have while Zetterberg works his way back into game shape. He missed the first round because of a sprained left knee suffered April 6, just over three weeks ago.

"If Z was totally healthy, if he'd been back for a while, it'd be a different thing," Babcock said.

Datsyuk's incredible skill can take some of the pressure off Zetterberg while he recovers. The Sharks opted to use their top line of Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi and Patrick Marleau against Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom, along with nearly every defensive pairing. It's the only way to try to contain the two superstars, the Sharks believe.

"They're two dynamic players and when you put them together, they're dangerous all over the ice," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought Pavel himself was maybe the most dangerous player on the ice (Friday), as he is most nights. When they're together it doesn't alleviate the pressure from the other lines, but you have one less guy to worry about."

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle called Datsyuk, "the best one-on-one player in the game. I've played against him enough now and saw him again (Friday) night -- positioning is absolutely the most important thing. You can't go in lunging and try to knock him off the puck, because he's that good. He's not the biggest player in the world, but he's that strong and he's that good. He's earned his respect."

Datsyuk was the only Wing to take the option of not joining Saturday's practice at HP Pavilion, but then he was also one of just two forwards whom Babcock said played well in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss. The other was Jiri Hudler.