BOSTON – Both Mike Babcock and Claude Julien met briefly with the media prior to Sunday's Game 2 of the Red Wings-Bruins first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Coach Julien said defenseman Matt Barkowski will sit out for the second straight time in this series, though it’s expected that Kevan Miller will skate in the pregame warm-up.
“Bartkowski’s out, and then we’ll have the other seven Ds out for warm-up, and we’ll make a decision after the warm-up,” said Julien about an hour before the 3 p.m. schedule game time.
The Red Wings expect to play with the same lineup that got them a 1-0 win in Game 1 Friday night at TD Garden. Though Babcock said extra players will skate in warm-ups.
“There’s always potential for change,” Babcock said. “We dress extra guys in warm-up, just wait to see who’s healthy or not.”
Babcock would like to see his team maintain the same disciplined they showed in Game 1. They had just one two-minute minor, a third-period interference call against forward Tomas Tatar.
With a win Sunday, the Red Wings could take a 2-0 series lead back to Joe Louis Arena. It would be just the sixth time in franchise history that they've gone up 2-0 by taking the first two games of a series on the road. The last time was in the 1997 Stanley Cup finals when they grabbed a 2-0 series lead with back-to-back wins in Philadelphia.
A series split would still give the Red Wings home-ice, but Babcock isn’t looking at the situation that way.
“I think pressure means you have a chance. We felt pressure coming in because we felt we had a chance,” Babcock said. “We’re going to feel that the whole time, I mean, pressure is something that should motivate you and help you be better. If you don’t have any pressure in your life you’re probably sleepwalking through your job thinking that you’re doing a better job than you are and getting fired soon.”
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