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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 10:45 PM ET


Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Tuukka Rask (SO)

2. Dougie Hamilton (1 Goal)

3. Patrice Bergeron (1 Goal, 1 Assist)

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 10:40 PM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


The Wings got down early and never recovered as they dropped this one at The Joe, 2-0.

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Thursday for Game 4.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 6:30 PM ET


Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary

Alfredsson

(Back)

Bertuzzi

(Healthy Scratch)

Cleary
(Knee)

Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson
Stephen Weiss
 Stephen Weiss
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg

Ericsson
(Finger)

Weiss
(Groin)

Zetterberg
(Back)


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 5:30 PM ET



Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist
Gus Nyquist
Riley Sheahan
Riley Sheahan
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco
Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
David Legwand
David Legwand
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
 
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
 
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
 
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
   

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 1:30 PM ET



Daniel Alfredsson
Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson will not play tonight; he's out with a back injury.

Mike Babcock said Alfie "needed another day"
and Joakim Andersson will take his place.

Babcock

Joakim Andersson
Andersson
"Right now, and when I first heard about it, it’s just exciting...Just play my game, so be smart in all three zones and get some pucks to the net, be good on the penalty kill, be good in the lanes and be in front of the net when the puck gets there."
- Joakim Andersson

Andersson will likely play alongside Helm and Jurco, but Mike Babcock said that may change throughout the course of the game.

Joakim Andersson
Andersson

Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg skated, but did not take part in line rushes.
The rest of the lines are expected to stay the same.


Jakub Kindl is expected to take Alfie's
spot on the blue line on the Power Play.

Jakub Kindl
Kindl

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 12:30 PM ET

Start Fast - The crowd will be fired up. Use that energy and take it to the Bruins early.

Howard is Key - He needs to be better than Rask. Make the big saves all game.

Power Play Needs to Show Power - It starts with the breakout. Establish pressure in the offensive zone. Get second and third chances. One and done won't work.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 11:30 AM ET

On April 22,

1950: Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay each scored twice in Game 6 of Stanley Cup finals helping Red Wings to 5-4 win over the Rangers. New York had a 2-0 and 3-1 lead, but failed to hold on as Wings came back to force Game 7.

1992: The Wings cut their series deficit to 2-1 against Minnesota when Yves Racine scores at 1:15 of overtime in Game 3.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 10:30 AM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/ Detroit Red Wings)


The Red Wings accomplished what they wanted. The Eastern Conference's second wild card earned a split on the road to open this first-round series against the Boston Bruins, the Presidents' Trophy winners. The Red Wings were unable to hold down the Bruins for two straight games, as Boston bounced back from a shutout loss in Game 1 with a 4-1 win in Game 2. The two games couldn't have been more different in terms of the team that set the tone throughout, and that will be a focal point again in pivotal Game 3.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock liked his team's start in Game 2, but he was disappointed with how the Red Wings played over the last two periods. Most of all, he was frustrated with how his players allowed the Bruins to distract them from the game during post-whistle scrums. Goaltender Jimmy Howard was also disenchanted with his teammates' decision-making in that realm.

"I think we got to stay out of the [nonsense] out there and just play whistle to whistle, and not worry about getting into the scrums or anything like that and proving your manhood out there," Howard said. "Just skate, play our hockey, don't get into their [mode] and get into their scraps playing real physical. Just get back to playing our game."

In addition to staying away from the extracurricular activities, the Red Wings will need to get star forward Pavel Datsyuk free from the matchup with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Being on home ice should make that easier for Detroit with the second change.

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch tonight's 7:30 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit or NBCSN, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 12:00 AM ET
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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 11:00 PM ET






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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89