Win or go home.
It's that simple for the Red Wings today when they face the Bruins in Game 5 (3 p.m, NBC).
Win, and you live to play a Game 6 at the Joe.
Lose, and it's off to the golf course.
|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Johan Franzen||Darren Helm||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||David Legwand|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Xavier Ouellet||Brian Lashoff|
|Jonas Gustavsson (starting)|
|Milan Lucic||David Krejci||Jarome Iginla|
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||Reilly Smith|
|Justin Florek||Carl Soderberg||Loui Eriksson|
|Jordan Caron||Gregory Campbell||Shawn Thornton|
|Zdeno Chara||Dougie Hamilton|
|Johnny Boychuk||Matt Bartkowski|
|Kevan Miller||Torey Krug|
|Tuukka Rask (starting)|
What to watch:
- Missing in Action: The Red Wings have scored only four goals in this series, two of which were by Pavel Datsyuk. Mike Babcock needs players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, and Johan Franzen (who has turned in gutless performances) to step up and do something.
- A Monster in Net: Jonas Gustavsson was thrust into action on Thursday, and did his part to keep the Wing in the game with 37 saves. Jimmy Howard is still out with the flu (or a concussion), so it will be up to the man known as Monster to be on his game again. Gustavsson did go 2-0 against the Bruins in the regular season. Jake Paterson was recalled to serve as backup.
- Alfie Returns: Daniel Alfredsson returns after sitting out with back pain. Could he provide an offensive spark for the Wings? And could this also be his final NHL game? Alfredsson, 41, has said that he would like to return to Detroit next season, but a lot could have changed. Yours truly does not want to see Alfie's career end the same way Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom ended theirs.
- "X" marks the blue line: Xavier Ouellet will make his playoff debut, as Jakub Kindl has been benched. Ouellet isn't one to provide a lot of offense, but he has been strong defensively when he has played.
This could very well be the last call for the Red Wings this season. I have often posted this video when they face elimination. Maybe it will help in some way. It's Al Pacino's "Peace by Inches" speech from "Any Given Sunday."
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