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Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 12:00 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog


Do you remember Game 6 of last year’s playoff series against San Jose?

Do you remember how loud it was? How 20,000 people sung ‘Journey’ together? How our club fed off of that energy en route to victory?

That’s what home ice advantage is all about. It’s all about you, our seventh man, creating an atmosphere at Joe Louis Arena that gives our team an edge.

“It’s going to be fun to play in front of the home crowd,” Johan Franzen said of today’s game. “It’s so much energy, so much help for us on the ice. The fans are usually good for an extra chance or two out there, even if they don’t play.”

The Red Wings did exactly what they wanted to do in Nashville, splitting the first two games of this series and stealing home ice. Now, the team is back in the friendly confines of the Joe, where they do a better job of protecting their house than anyone else in the National Hockey League.

“We’ll take the best of five and go back to our building and get at her,” Mike Babcock said after Game 2.

Put on your game face! It’s going to be one heck of a show. 

QUICK STATS:
Cory Emmerton became the tenth Red Wings player to become a Worldwide trending topic on Twitter, doing so after beating Pekka Rinne in the first period of Game 2. Other Wings players to become Worldwide trending topics include Darren Helm, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, Mike Modano, Brad Stuart, Brendan Smith. Chris Osgood and Todd Bertuzzi. Pavel Datsyuk is the only player to become a Worldwide Trending Topic twice.

The Red Wings may have taken six penalties in Game 2, but another solid special teams effort kept that from burning them. Detroit is now 12/12 shorthanded in the series, having killed off 37 consecutive penalties overall, nearly four periods worth.

Tonight marks the 70th consecutive sellout at Joe Louis Arena, a streak dating back to December 19, 2010. The Red Wings were 31-7-3 on home ice this season. Nashville was 22-16-3 on the road.

The Red Wings are 6-8 all-time in playoff series where they’ve split the first two games on the road, though they have won four of their last six. Detroit is also 8-2 over the last 10 series where they have lost Game 1, but won Game 2.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
10:30 AM – Doors open at Joe Louis Arena
11:30 AM – Player warmups
12:00 PM – Pregame Show
Immediately Following – Game 3 on NBC and 97.1 The Ticket.

KEY INJURIES

Hal Gill did not take part in Nashville’s practice on Saturday due to a lower body injury. He is expected to be a game-time decision after missing the first two games of the series.

Darren Helm will miss the remainder of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs after surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm.



GET HERE EARLY
Following the success of last year’s decorated stairs celebrating 20 consecutive years of playoff appearances, Joe Louis Arena will once again be decked out for the big occasion. Vinyl photographs of the Wings’ Stanley Cup championship banners and former Stanley Cup celebrations will don the East Gate, West Gate and box office doors.

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

Thanks to MotorCity Casino Hotel for providing today’s multicolored glow wand giveaway. All fans attending Game 3 can find these on their seats as they enter the seating bowl.

WIN PLAYOFF TICKETS WITH 89X

Forget the worm! Early birds will have the chance to win tickets to Game 4 thanks to a special promotion that 89X is running on Monday morning. Starting at 7:30 AM, fans will have the opportunity to shoot on an octopus outside of Joe Louis Arena, with seats to Tuesday’s game up for grabs. If you aren’t able to make it, listen to 89X to follow along.

GAME SIX TICKETS
Tickets to Game 6 (Round 1, Home Game 3) of the Red Wings-Predators series go on sale to the general public tomorrow at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, by calling 313-396-7575, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

PLAYOFF BEARDS 
That five-o-clock shadow has given way to slow growth. It’s a good look this time of year, because playoff beards are officially in-style.

And if you are growing one, why not do so for a good cause by taking part in the 2012 Red Wings Beard-A-Thon, with all proceeds going directly to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation

For more information, visit the Beard-A-Thon website here: http://bit.ly/IKB1Vm

Thanks to Philips Norelco for supporting the 2012 Red Wings Beard-A-Thon.

VOTE FOR DATSYUK:

Pavel Datsyuk is the Red Wings representative in EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote after besting teammate Jimmy Howard in the first round of balloting. Now grouped with 30 other NHL stars, Datsyuk needs your help to reach the final 16. Vote: http://covervote.nhl.com/:b=firefox9/#/ballot

FOLLOW US

Twitter handles for some pretty important people.
@DetroitRedWings – The team’s official account
@CEmmer48Cory Emmerton
@GNyquistGustav Nyquist
@RSheahan4Riley Sheahan

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