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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 4:30 PM



B. Smith (DET)
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D. Helm (DET)
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T. Krug (BOS) R. Smith (BOS)

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:00 PM



(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Riley Sheahan continues to roll as he heads into his first NHL playoffs; he's scored a goal in each of his last three games.

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

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 1:30 PM



Darren Helm
Helm
Darren Helm will be playing his first playoff game in over two years tonight, and he's pretty excited about it.

“Now I got the chance again to get into this lineup with this younger team that we have, exciting team, and I’m looking forward to it.”
- Darren Helm

Darren Helm
Helm

Johan Franzen
Franzen
The first PP unit was Mule, Datsyuk, and Legwand up front with Kronwall and Nyquist on the point.

The second PP unity was Tatar, Sheahan, and Jurco up front with DeKeyser and Alfie on the blue line.

Tomas Tatar
Tatar

Jimmy Howard
Howard
Jimmy Howard will get the start.

Todd Bertuzzi and Joakim Andersson are expected
to be healthy scratches.

Todd Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 12:00 PM

Weather the Storm - The Bruins will feed off the emotion of the crowd early on. Detroit needs to hang in there and battle.

Skate - Speed is the best way to beat the Bruins. This means moving the puck quickly to the forwards and getting them on their way.

Solid Goaltending - Howard needs to be better than Rask. The team needs to help him out, as well.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 11:00 AM

(Photo by Detroit Red Wings Archive)



On April 18, 2004


Steve Yzerman and Ray Whitney score, while Curtis Joseph records a shutout and Detroit eliminates Nashville in a 2-0 Game 6 win.
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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 10:15 AM


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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 9:45 AM

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Dwight Eisenhower was president, Jackie Robinson retired from baseball and a 22-year-old Elvis Presley paid $100,000 to buy a place called Graceland. That all happened in 1957, along with the most recent matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Red Wings and Bruins -- until now.

While the Bruins were able to coast into the postseason for the most part and the Red Wings had to scratch and claw to earn one of two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference, the potential exists for a long series if Detroit goalieJimmy Howard and the defense can contain a potent Boston offense.

Detroit wanted to be switched to the Eastern Conference, and the League realignment this season made that happen. Now in the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, the Red Wings will get to see if they have what it takes to advance in their new conference. In the Western Conference, the Red Wings advanced beyond the first round five out of the past six seasons, winning the Stanley Cup as recently as 2008 and returning to the Final in 2009.

There might be a different style for the Red Wings to adjust to, but they're not worried.
"Sure, the Bruins and some of the other teams from the East are physical, but we played Anaheim last year and they're big and physical," forward Gustav Nyquist said. "I think the biggest thing is the travel. You don't have to travel three different time zones, and that affects you more than you know."

The Wings will look to make the most of tonight and strike first in this best-of-seven series.
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 NBC-SN, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 8:00 PM






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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 4:05 PM

Abdelkader deflects Lashoff's shot by Miller
A shot by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff hits Justin Abdelkader in the arm as the puck goes up and over St. Louis Blues goaltender Ryan Miller.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 3:55 PM


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

1. Justin Abdelkader (2 Goals)

2. Petr Mrazek (23 SV)

3. Pavel Datsyuk (2 Assists)

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