The coach says it's a game-time decision. Ask Red Wings players and it's a foregone conclusion they'll have their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, back tonight for Game 4.
The challenge is daunting, which is usually the type of challenge Mike Babcock enjoys. There's a fine line between hope and false hope, and the Wings are straddling it right now. If this series is to become a battle instead of a belting, we'll know tonight, when the Wings face the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.
Both Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall didn't practice Wednesday, with Datsyuk celebrating the birth of a daughter, and Kronwall's family expecting the arrival of a new baby at any time.
There's a chance Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg could return to the lineup when Detroit resumes its Eastern Conference playoff series against the Bruins on Thursday night.
If there's any shot to even the best-of-seven series against the Bruins, the Red Wings need to create more chances, make life a little more difficult for goaltender Tuukka Rask — and score.
Brad Marchand has been known as an agitator, playing a physical style despite his size. But it isn't the physical aspect of the forward's game that has driven the Red Wings — and their fans — crazy as the Bruins head into Game 4 of the first-round series tonight with a 2-1 lead.
The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks can clearly see they are in quite a fight now. Cody Eakin scored on Dallas' first shot of the third period, Alex Goligoski scored on the next one 1:22 later and the Stars beat the Ducks 4-2 in Game 4 on Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series.
This was stifling and humbling, a grizzled team stuffing its young foe back in place. The Bruins clamped down and the Red Wings reacted as if they'd wandered into the wrong rink.
The Red Wings were blanked Tuesday night in Game 3 just like they were blanked last spring against the Ducks. And as the fans filed out of Joe Louis Arena, blankety-blanking the home team, there were plenty of easy targets.
The Bruins turned a dominating first period into an early lead and held on for a 3-0 victory over the Red Wings in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Boston leads 2-1 with Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.
Boston mounted a 4-1 shot advantage in the first eight minutes. Then the Wings handed the powerful Bruins a huge present, gift-wrapped: A bench penalty for too many men on the ice and a man advantage for one of the better power plays in the game.
After failing to capitalize on a rare turnover by Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Hamilton came back minutes later to score a power-play goal to help the Bruins win 3-0 and take a 2-1 series lead.
Somehow the Red Wings are going to need to find a way to score goals. What they're doing, or rather not doing, isn't working. Tuesday night's 3-0 shutout loss to Boston was the latest offensive misfire. Detroit has scored two goals the first three games, falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven first-round series.
The Bruins do an excellent job in front of Rask, but he is making some big saves when the puck gets to him. He made 23 in Game 3 and has allowed two goals in three games.
Rask turned aside 16 shots in the first two periods, then was never better than diving to get his glove on Justin Abdelkader's backhand from just right of the crease with 17 minutes left.
The Red Wings won Game 1 with their skill and speed. The Bruins won Game 2 with their physicality. But don't ask Bruins coach Claude Julien is he's worries his team can't match the skill and speed of the Red Wings.
The first team to advance, Montreal won the best-of-seven series with Tampa Bay 4-0 thanks to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night, and now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series.
It's time to kick the Mule. It's time for Brendan Smith to start playing pool, rather than playing the fool. And it's probably time to stop kidding around, too.
Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News identifies five keys for the Red Wings in their Game 3 battle against the Bruins on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
A familiar face was back in the Red Wings' lineup for Game 3, but at the expense of another. Daniel Alfredsson was out, and Joakim Andersson back in as the Red Wings faced the Boston Bruins.
The Red Wings and Bruins play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena (FSD, 97.1-FM). Here's what you need to know.
Justin Florek is back in his home state. And he'll be looking to break the hearts of Red Wings fans on Tuesday night. Florek, who grew up in Marquette, has given the Bruins a young player capable of putting the puck in the net.
Brendan Smith did precisely what he should have done against Zdeno Chara at the 20-minute mark of the first period in Game 2. Smith played it perfectly, and accomplished a good deal.
The Red Wings say they know how to bounce back from the Game 2 loss the Bruins, Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena, and the beauty of it is that the concept is pretty easy.
Even though they began this season in transition and suffered a ton of injuries, the sense watching and talking to the comparatively young Red Wings after the loss to the Bruins in Game 2 is they benefit considerably from institutionalized composure. To a man, the Red Wings were matter of fact.
The Chicago Blackhawks needed a rebound game from their goaltender, and he delivered in a big way. Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.
What the Red Wings knew coming into the series against the best team in the NHL during the regular season is they needed to make few mistakes, get good goaltending, retain their style of game and use their speed in order to prevail. Apparently, after accomplishing that in Game 1, they got a big reminder in Game 2.
The Red Wings earned a split in these first two games, which is probably what they would have wanted heading into this Eastern Conference playoff series. But the momentum is squarely back with the Bruins.
The Red Wings took seven penalties (only one in Game 1), seemed intent on giving back verbally and physically at the Bruins more than necessary, and on top of everything else, didn't do a very good job on special teams once the penalties were doled out.
You wonder what was going through the minds of the Smith family as Brendan Smith approached Boston man-mountain Zdeno Chara as Sunday's first period ended. Smith, to his credit, wasn't backing away. Instead, he was yelling at the 6-foot-9 Chara, seemingly engaging him to fight.