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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Boston Bruins: Game 3 What to Watch For

April 22nd, 2014 at 3:44 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Swing game.

Those are the words that best describe tonight's Game 3 between the Bruins and Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Network). Despite a rough outing on Easter Sunday, the Red Wings would far rather be in a split than down 2-0.

However, the Wings will be down a man tonight (more on that later).

Expected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader
Tomas TatarRiley SheahanGustav Nyquist
Tomas JurcoDarren HelmDavid Legwand
Drew MillerLuke GlendeningJoakim Andersson

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallBrendan Smith
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brian LashoffJakub Kindl

 

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Daniel Alfredsson (back) will not play tonight. Joakim Andersson will be inserted into the lineup on either the third or fourth line. David Legwand might be bumped up to the third line, but we'll let Mike Babcock decide that.

Bruins:

Forwards

Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith
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Detroit Red Wings Vs. Boston Bruins: Game 2 What to Watch For

April 20th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Frank Vajcner

(EDITOR'S NOTE: I normally post these before playoff games, but I was unable to do so due to technical issues yesterday. I apologize for the inconvenience.)

After taking Game 1, the Wings now have to get ready for Game 2 (3 p.m. ET, NBC). 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Bruins

Forwads

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Justin Florek - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Defense:

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton

Johnny Boychuk-Torey Krug 

Corey Potter-Andrej Meszaros

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Red Wings

Forwards

Gustav NyquistPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader
Johan FranzenDarren HelmDaniel Alfredsson
Tomas JurcoRiley SheahanTomas Tatar
Drew MillerDavid LegwandLuke Glendening

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallBrendan Smith
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Brian LashoffJakub Kindl

 

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

  • Getting Defensive: Jimmy Howard did his part by stopping all 25 shots by the Bruins in Game 1, but a lot of credit goes to Niklas Kronwall and Brendan Smith for shutting down the Bruins top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla. They will have to keep that performance up today.
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Milan Lucic Fined for Spearing Danny DeKeyser

April 19th, 2014 at 5:34 PM
By Frank Vajcner

While Friday's Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings appeared clean by looking at the stat sheet, Bruins forward Milan Lucic learned today that he will be lighter in the wallet.

Lucic has been fined $5,000 dollars by the NHL Department of Player Safety for spearing Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The incident occured at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was called on the play, and DeKeyser was not injured.

Lucic has previously been fined once and suspended twice in his career.

This is the first form of supplemental discipline to be issued in these playoffs by new Department of Player Safety head Stephane Quintal.

Chicago Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville was also fined $25,000 for an inappropriate gesture in Thursday's Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues.

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Pavel Datsyuk’s Late Goal Lifts Detroit Red Wings to Game 1 Victory

April 19th, 2014 at 5:04 PM
By Frank Vajcner

For over 55 minutes, the Red Wings and Boston Bruins were locked in a defensive struggle.

Neither team was able to score a goal until Pavel Datsyuk scored with 3:01 left in regulation.

After Jimmy Howard made a save on Milan Lucic, Johan Franzen brought the puck out of the zone and dished to Datsyuk. He then pulled the puck between his legs and skated ahead before firing a snap shot past Tuukka Rask. Datsyuk got some help from Justin Abdelkader, who drew the attention of Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara while creating a screen.

Howard and the rest of the Wings' defense made the goal stand up in a 1-0 victory.

"Obviously, you want to get in and you want to establish yourself in the series, especially when you're the lower seed," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Sometimes when the upper seed gets the upper hand right away, you start questioning whether you're good enough. And we know we're good enough, but it's one thing to know you're good enough and one thing to show you're good enough. I think it was important for us to get started in the series so we can continue to get better as a group."

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News and Notes: Henrik Zetterberg Practices, Danny DeKeyser Hopes to Stay Healthy

April 17th, 2014 at 5:24 PM
By Frank Vajcner

With Game 1 a day away, we'll take a look at some news from around the Red Wings and Bruins camps.

ZETTERBERG PRACTICING: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg practiced with the team for 30 minutes today, and felt good afterward, writes George Sipple of The Detroit Free Press. But he likely won't be back until the second round, should the Wings make it there.

“You just have to take it step by step,” Zetterberg said.

He hopes to skate longer at tomorrow's morning skate at TD Garden.

Zetterberg still has not been cleared for contact drills, as he is still recovering from back surgery in February. He missed the first round of the playoffs in 2011, when the Wings swept the Coyotes in four games, but he returned for the second round against the Sharks.


DEKEYSER HOPING FOR MORE GAMES: Defenseman Danny DeKeyser only got to play two playoff games last season with the Wings.

He broke his hand in Game 2 against the Ducks last season and missed the rest of the playoffs. He did return to action though, as he helped the Grand Rapids Griffins capture the Calder Cup.

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