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Coaches wait for warmups to set lineups

Babcock expected Red Wings to continue to thrive on pressure against Bruins

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 2:44 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Coaches wait for warmups to set lineups

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89