Game 3 Morning Skate: Bruins at Red Wings

Time to turn these Bruins upside down. - Jared Wickerham

Series Tied 1-1

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, TSN, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup Of Chowder

A split on the road against the best team in the regular season isn't a bad start, what is disappointing is why the Wings lost game two. If the Wings are going to beat Boston, they have to do what they did in game 1, play their skill game, be disciplined, not take mother frking penalties, and not let Boston get them riled up. We've been the better team at even strength in both games, so let's play at even strength. The Wings have to be on the top of game and play a fast, disciplined, skilled game, because Boston is going to try to do exactly what they did in game 2 and that didn't work out too well for the Wings.

The Wings top two lines have done most of the heavy lifting, but we need the 3rd and 4th lines to be bigger difference makers against a deep Boston team. There's no room for freeloaders here, and that goes double for the power play. The Wings are a pitiful 0% on the power play so far in the series and have scored only 1 goal in each game. A power play goal or two in game 2 could have meant some momentum, confidence, and possibly win.

Whatever, that's all behind us now and Detroit has to learn from their mistakes in game 2, remember what they did right in game 1, and put the rest behind them. If we keep our cool, make Boston play OUR game, and stay disciplined and focused, we can win this game. This is your house, boys. Take the victory.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Johan Franzen Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Jurco Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller Luke Glendening David Legwand

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (upper body)

Opponent Outlook

Forwards

Milan Lucic David Krejci Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Justin Florek Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton Gregory Campbell Jordan Caron

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Johnny Boychuk Matt Bartkowski
Kevan Miller Torey Krug

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask (starting)
Chad Johnson

Scratches: Andrej Meszaros & Corey Potter

Injuries: Chris Kelly (upper body), Daniel Paille (concussion)


RED WINGS THE PLAYOFF MATCH-UP BRUINS
1-1 Record 1-1
1 Goals Per Game 2
2 Goals Against Per Game 1
0.00% Power Play % 40%
60% Penalty Kill % 100%
57.6% Corsi For% 5v5 Close 43.1%
54.9% Fenwick For% 5v5 Close 45.9%

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings have the 5th best possession among playoff teams with a Fenwick of 54.9%. Boston has the 12th out of 16 teams with 45.1%


  • The Bruins have not won a game at the Joe since March 11, 2007.


Prediction: Twerking.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!
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