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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.2.2014 / 10:30 AM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

The Red Wings (84 points) swept both ends of a back-to-back set this past weekend to move into the first Stanley Cup playoffs wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, and will go for their third straight win tonight against a sizzling Boston Bruins team.

Detroit might have put a little distance between themselves and those chasing a wild-card spot, but the Red Wings can't afford to breathe easily if they want to secure their 23rd straight playoff appearance.

Helping the cause of late has been the return of injured regulars, such as Tomas Jurco and Justin Abdelkader, back into the lineup. Top-line center Pavel Datsyuk (knee) might also return against Boston. After practicing Tuesday, he hopes to be a game-time decision.

"It’s great to see him out on the ice skating and being part of practices,” forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “We feel that we’re playing pretty consistent hockey right now and getting a guy with his experience and his offensive abilities, among other things, will be a big boost for this team."

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 8:00 PM matchup on NBC-SN, TSN2 or RDS, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on AM1270. 

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 8:40 PM ET








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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 8:20 PM ET



(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Thanks for tuning in today...Our next game's Wednesday, April 2, when we host Boston!

A look ahead:
Apr. 2 vs. Boston
Apr. 4 vs. Buffalo
Apr. 5 @ Montreal

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 8:10 PM ET

Nyquist scores spinning goal from no angle
Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist draws a penalty on the breakaway but sticks with it and beats Lightning goalie Ben Bishop while spinning from no angle.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 8:00 PM ET


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

1. Gustav Nyquist (1 Goal)

2. Darren Helm (1 Assist)

3. David Legwand (1 Goal, 1 Assist)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 7:50 PM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


Detroit got goals from Andersson, Nyquist, and Legwand, and a solid performance from Jonas Gustavsson as they beat Tampa Bay, 3-2!

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Wednesday when we host the Bruins!

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 4:00 PM ET


Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk

Bertuzzi
(Healthy Scratch)

Cleary
(Knee)

Datsyuk
(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 Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 3:00 PM ET



Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Riley Sheahan
Riley Sheahan
Tomas Jurco
Tomas Jurco
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
David Legwand
David Legwand
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
 
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
 
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
 
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
   

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 1:00 PM ET



(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

Gustav Nyquist continues to dazzle, and extended his point streak to eight games after scoring yet another goal last night. Nyquist now has 26 goals this season, and an NHL-best 21 goals since January 20th.

He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 12:30 PM ET



Jonas Gustavsson
Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start in net tonight for the first time in 12 games. Monster is 3-0-4 in his career against the Lightning.

"It’s important (that Howie) gets a game off and (Jonas Gustavsson) comes in just to give him a breather."
- Mike Babcock

Babcock

Justin Abdelkader
Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader is likely to return tonight, playing his first game since suffering a leg laceration in Chicago, March 16th.

Darren Helm dinged up his shoulder a little bit last night,
but should be good to go tonight.

Darren Helm
Helm

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59