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Game 2 Morning Skate: Red Wings at Bruins

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Red Wings lead series 1-0

Jared Wickerham

3:00p ET, TD Garden

Boston, MA

TV: NBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Bruin Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

The Red Wings earned their split in Game 1. As the underdog, if you can win Game 1 or 2, you put a hell of a lot of pressure on the favorite. The Bruins, while they won't admit it, are probably feeling it a little bit right now. Once that puck drops though… everything is 0-0 all over again.

Detroit needs to play like they're the ones down 1-0 in the series. They need to continue to embrace that underdog role. Boston is going to come out flying and trying to hit everything. The spearing incident is just the beginning. The Bruins want to get under the Red Wings' skin. They want the Wings to retaliate. They want more scrums… more big hits… more bullshit.

The best thing Mike Babcock's squad can do is… nothing.

Don't give the Bruins the emotional boost. They thrive off that. They take their games to a whole 'nother and that's when things will get ugly for Detroit. Just stick with the system and play a clean game. That'll surely frustrate the hell out of them.

The Wings still have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Pressure is on you, Boston.

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)


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 13-5 all-time in Game 2's under Mike Babcock. They're 9-3 after winning Game 1.

  • Boston is 9-5 all-time in Game 2's under Claude Julien. They're 3-3 after losing Game 1.

  • Howard is 5-2 all-time in Game 2's.

Prediction: Cup check.

Let's Go Red Wings.