Game 4 Morning Skate: Bruins at Red Wings

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins lead series 2-1

8:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NESN, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Bruin Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Take a look at the lineup below. Looks pretty damn good, right? Of course, we all know what the $6,083,333 dollar question is: Will the Red Wings captain return to the lineup tonight? At this point it's all up to the doctors. If he's medically cleared, I would bet a good amount of money he plays. Zetterberg knows the situation. He might be not be 100%. No one really knows but him. What we do know is he's the leader of this team and he's going to do everything in his power to get on the ice. If Hanks says he's good to go, that's good enough in my book.

With or without #40, it's no guarantee Detroit can beat the Bruins. Boston has shut down the Wings offense. It's nothing but shots from the outside. There has been zero traffic in front of the net. It's been a suffocating last two games. Tonight will be a lot of the same if Mike Babcock's squad doesn't get it's act together.

Start on time.

Crash the net.

Play a gritty, heavy game.

Make sure this series comes back to the Joe one last time.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Johan Franzen Darren Helm Gustav Nyquist
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: Daniel Alfredsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Joakim Andersson & Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin) & 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
Jordan Caron Gregory Campbell Shawn Thornton


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)


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 13-6 all-time in Game 4's under Mike Babcock. They're 5-1 when trailing 2-1 in a series.

  • Boston is 7-7 all-time in Game 4's under Claude Julien. They're 2-3 when leading 2-1 in a series.

  • Howard is 6-1 all-time in Game 4's.

Prediction: The Red Wing Way.

Let's Go Red Wings.
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