Detroit Red Wings presented by AT&T
Stay Connected to the Detroit Red Wings
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds

Homer is back for Game 5

Red Wings' power forward back in lineup tonight

Monday, 06.2.2008 / 6:31 PM ET / Preview
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
Share with your Friends

Homer is back for Game 5
DETROIT -- During Monday’s press conferences, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Tomas Holmstrom would be in the line-up for Game 5 after sitting out Game 4 with a hamstring injury.  Babcock that knowing Holmstrom, there was no way he wouldn’t be playing in Game 5.

“You want all your players,” Babcock said. “I don't know if Homer's leg was broke, he wouldn't be playing anyway. That's just the way it is.”

Holmstrom’s net-front battle with Pittsburgh defenseman Hal Gill during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals ended with Homer being can-opened and sliding into the Pittsburgh goal. Holmstrom did not play in the last six minutes of the game.

He was a game-time decision for Saturday’s Game 4. He participated in the morning practice, but did not dress for the warm-up skate.

In the three Stanley Cup finals games he dressed in, Holmstrom piled up one goal, one assist, eight hits, and three penalties. The left winger has four goals and eight assists in 19 postseason games this year.

“He's playing today,” Babcock said. “And he'll find a way to be a real good contributor for us tonight.”
Babcock hopes that getting Holmstrom back in front of the Pittsburgh net will help jumpstart a struggling Detroit power play. In the 2008 playoffs, the Red Wings are converting at 18.4 percent on the power play, but in the Stanley Cup Final, they have scored only two goals on 22 chances.

“He's a good player for us and helps our power play,” Babcock said. “And our power play hasn't been all-world, by any means, but their penalty kill has been good.  And so it helps out with that and gives us more depth and puts Cleary with Draper and that gives us a better line and a line that hangs on the puck more.”

With a win Monday, the Red Wings will clinch the franchise’s 11th Stanley Cup.


PROMOTIONAL is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | Terms of Use | Site Map