Fast start - Be ready to play from the opening face off. Montreal is well rested. They haven't played since Sunday. Have the jump early.
Score and play with the lead - Montreal has given up the least amount of goals in the NHL. They don't score a lot and their leading point producer Max Pacioretty is out due to injury. Force the Canadiens to play catch up hockey. Imperative to not fall behind early. Uphill battle if that happens.
Take care of business tonight - Win and you're in! The cards are in the Red Wings hands. Time is running out. Avoid all the pressure of needing a victory on the final day of the season. Opportunity is knocking!
|On April 9
1907: Hall of Fame member Ebbie Goodfellow was born on this day in Ottawa, Ontario.
1988: Forward Petr Klima scores the Red Wings’ first-ever playoff goal on a penalty shot, beating Toronto’s Allan Bester, en route to a 6-3 win in Game 3 of their first-round series.
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(Photo by Francois Lacasse /NHL)
The Red Wings control their own destiny when it comes to making a run in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Win tonight, and they'll be on the fast track to their 24th consecutive playoff birth. Tonight Detroit will face-off with Atlantic Division rival/potential first round match-up, the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs have gotten the better of Detroit this season, winning all three games the clubs have played, Detroit did manage to get a point out of an overtime loss back in October.
Tonight, goalie Jimmy Howard will make his second start in a row. Forward Justin Abdelkader could play against Montreal after missing the past two games because of a hand injury, but Erik Cole will miss the rest of the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs, should the Red Wings clinch a berth because of a spinal cord contusion.
Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Gameday Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from the players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings in game day.
You can watch tonight's 7:30 PM match-up on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket or AM 1270.
Zetterberg sets up Datsyuk to take late lead
Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg sets up Pavel Datsyuk in front of the net to give the Wings the 3-2 lead in the 3rd period against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
2. Henrik Zetterberg (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
3. Jimmy Howard (30 Saves)
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Darren Helm|
|Gustav Nyquist||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Tatar|
|Stephen Weiss||Joakim Andersson||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Landon Ferraro|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Niklas Kronwall|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|