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Detroit Red Wings: The Detroit News 

Bruins' Torey Krug, a Livonia native, must put aside fond memories of Red Wings

It's tough to pick just one favorite memory growing up in Livonia as a Red Wings fan, but Torey Krug was able to nail it down.

Red Wings, Bruins rekindle playoff rivalry that blazed in'40s, '50s

It is as if they approach each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs now as strangers. The first meeting in the playoffs since'57 between two of the Original Six, the Red Wings and Bruins, begins today after four regular-season games and only sporadic play since'82.

For Tomas Tatar, and Red Wings, patience pays off

Tomas Tatar was here and then he was gone. And while he was there, he couldn't help but wonder. Not just what he was missing. But what the Red Wings were missing, too, with the feisty goal scorer exiled to Grand Rapids a month before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began last spring.

Red Wings vs. Bruins: How they match up

Who has the edge? Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the Red Wings-Bruins series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Detroit News predictions: Bruins will bounce Red Wings

Gregg Krupa, Ted Kulfan, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their expert opinions on how the Red Wings will fare in their first-round series against the Bruins.

Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser grows quickly into role

Danny DeKeyser, who played in 11 regular-season games and two playoff games (hand injury) a year ago out of Western Michigan, could be a key for the Red Wings as they open the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight against the Bruins.

Red Wings' Darren Helm relishes another shot at the Stanley Cup playoffs

Wings center Darren Helm feels fortunate to have the opportunity to be playing in the playoffs again. Helm played just one game last season because of a back injury, missing the postseason. He sat out the first 14 games this season (back, groin injuries).

Thursday's NHL playoffs roundup: Carl Hagelin takes one for team, Rangers take advantage

Carl Hagelin took a high stick from Philadelphia's Jason Akeson with 7:35 left, and had his mouth cut open. That gave the Rangers a four-minute power play, and they made the most of it. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored 47 seconds apart, and the Rangers beat the Flyers 4-1 on Thursday night to stretch their home-winning streak over rival Philadelphia to nine games.

Speedy Red Wings set to take in big, bad Bruins

Uh, OK. This is different, even a bit awkward, like meeting the guy who took your plush corner office. It's different in more ways than we've ever seen, as the Wings make their first foray into the Eastern Conference playoffs and immediately get to face the East's beasts, the Boston Bruins. Be careful what you wish for, right?

Coach Mike Babcock tinkering with Red Wings lines

So will it be the Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader-Johan Franzen line out on the ice in the opener of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday? Or will it be the Datsyuk-Abdelkader-Gustav Nyquist line going against the Bruins in Boston? Or will it be the well, you get the picture.

Red Wings need 'Mule' to carry heavier scoring load

Franzen has been known for having big playoff series during his career with the Wings, highlighted by his 13 postseason goals during the Wings' Stanley Cup run in 2008, followed by 12 more to spark the Wings' run to the Cup Finals in 2009.

Henrik Zetterberg skates for 30 minutes at Red Wings practice

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was out on the ice Thursday morning during practice. Zetterberg, who had back surgery in late February, was on the ice for 30 minutes, but didn't participate in any contact drills.

Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson skates Thursday for first time since injury

Wednesday it was defenseman Jonathan Ericsson saying he will go on the ice Thursday for the first time since having surgery in late March to stabilize a fracture in his finger and repair a partially-torn tendon.

Smith brothers take family feud out of the basement for Red Wings-Bruins series

In the basement of their family's home in Mimico, Ont., Brendan and Reilly Smith staged some epic Stanley Cup Playoff series as kids, with the help of their older brother, Rory.

Eastern Conference playoff preview: Bruins' depth, size will test Red Wings

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference playoffs, with predictions on each series.

Western Conference playoff preview: Blackhawks draw Blues first in quest to defend Cup

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the first-round matchups in the Western Conference playoffs, with predictions on each series.

Dale Weise's OT goal stakes Canadiens to early series lead

Weise scored':08 into overtime and Carey Price stopped nine shots in the extra period, giving the Canadiens a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday.

Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg hopes for return during Bruins series

Zetterberg would like to play in this first-round series against Boston, and because it doesn't begin until Friday, he essentially has two bonus days to get well.

Niklas Kronwall steps up from role player to team leader for Red Wings

In the past, Niklas Kronwall played well his part for the Red Wings: role player. That was in the past. Now Kronwall has become a leader for a team disappointed by an earlier-than-hoped-for exit from the playoffs in 2013 to a team hungry with excitement for the 2014 postseason, which begins Friday in Boston.

Wings youngsters must get up to speed for rigors of playoffs

The checking is closer, intimidation a more often used weapon. The intensity of the moment is beyond anything else experienced playing the sport.

Seven things to watch in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

At least two West teams that earned at least 100 points are sure to be gone after the first round because they're playing teams that also had 100 points or more — the Blues (111 points) play the Blackhawks (107) and the Sharks (111) take on the Kings (100).

Ted Kulfan breaks down key Bruins players

Who are the Boston Bruins and how did they end up with the best record in the NHL this season? Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News provides a breakdown on six key forwards, four defensemen and goalie Tuukka Rask.

Henrik Zetterberg will skate Tuesday but isn't ready to play

Henrik Zetterberg isn't ready to play, but he is ready to skate a little. Zetterberg will take part at the beginning of the Red Wings' practice Tuesday, but he won't skate hard, and not for very long.

NBC analysts Pierre McGuire, Ed Olczyk respect Red Wings

'Detroit can cause some problems.' That's the prevailing opinion of NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, who during a teleconference Monday with alanyst Ed Olczyk, talked about the first-round series that begins Friday in Boston.

Red Wings playoff preview: 10 things to know about the Bruins

The first-round opponent this time happens to be the Boston Bruins, who won the Presidents Trophy for the league's best record.

Leafs bring on ex-Red Wing Brendan Shanahan to add direction, identity

Former Red Wings star Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office.

Barry Trotz, Predators' only coach, being let go after 15 seasons

Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest tenured head coach with one team and the only coach the Predators have ever known, will not be back for a 16th season with Nashville.

Bring on the Bruins! Red Wings close regular season with shutout win

Facing a quality opponent in need of a victory, the Red Wings were able to rest several key players, yet had enough on hand to defeat the slumping St. Louis Blues 3-0.

Red Wings-Bruins series will begin Friday, not Thursday

The Red Wings vs. Bruins series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs will begin on Friday -- not on Thursday, as the team originally believed.

Canucks' Daniel Sedin injured by hit from behind

Sedin, who scored two goals in the first period in the season finale, was injured in the second period. Sedin crumpled to the ice after getting hit in the numbers by Byron in the Vancouver zone with 2:44 left in the period.

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