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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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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