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Game 5 will be 'toughest' of series

Saturday, 04.21.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Game 5 will be \'toughest\' of series
By The Associated Press

DETROIT -- The home team has won every game in the Calgary-Detroit series, and the Red Wings are hoping the trend continues at Joe Louis Arena in Game 5 on Saturday.

"The bottom line is we have to hold serve here," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Friday.

The Western Conference's top-seeded team got off to a blazing start in the first-round series, beating the Flames 4-1 and 3-1 in games that seemed more lopsided than the scores indicated.

Calgary responded by evening the best-of-seven series with two 3-2 victories at home, where it won an NHL-high 30 games during the regular season.

"It feels like we have some momentum," Flames star Jarome Iginla said. "Everyone in our room believes if we stay out of the (penalty) box and play as hard as we can, we can win this."

While the Flames were tough to beat at home during the regular season and in Games 3-4, they were among the worst teams on the road - winning just 13 times - and struggled in the first two games of the series at Detroit.

Iginla said those facts become irrelevant Saturday afternoon.

"At this point of the year, it's not the record we had before," he said. "It's about one game."

Babcock hopes the Wings are resisting here-we-go-again thoughts. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2002, they've had a pair of first-round exits and one in the second round.

"One of the key things for me is, this isn't last year's team - (and) this isn't '04," he said. "Don't carry that baggage around."

Edmonton beat Detroit in Game 5 of the first round last year, taking a 3-2 lead and eventually the series.

Calgary beat the Wings in Game 5 of their second-round series in 2004, moving ahead 3-2 before eliminating them.

Iginla is not counting on that history.

"We know it's going to be the toughest game of the series," he said.

In what has essentially become a three-game series, Calgary wants to cut down on its penalties while the Red Wings are looking for more efficiency on the power play.

"We have to be more physical and stay out of the penalty box. That's the key," Flames coach Jim Playfair said. "I think the thing we learned is that we have to stay consistent with our composure and not get away from what we're trying to accomplish."

The Red Wings have had 25 power plays through four games, but have scored with a one- or two-man advantage only twice.

"There's not much happening," Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi said. "We have to make smarter decisions. The guy with the puck is getting away from the two guys on the other side and being singled out. We got to stay closer together. Keep it simple."

Babcock did not say what lineup changes, if any, he planned to make Saturday. But Mikael Samuelsson or Kyle Calder could be scratched to get Jiri Hudler back on the ice.

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80