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Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins: Game 5 What to Watch For

April 26th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
By Frank Vajcner

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.

Expected Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Henrik ZetterbergPavel DatsyukJustin Abdelkader
Tomas TatarRiley SheahanGustav Nyquist
Johan FranzenDarren HelmDaniel Alfredsson
Drew MillerLuke GlendeningDavid Legwand

 

Defensemen

Niklas KronwallBrendan Smith
Kyle QuinceyDanny DeKeyser
Xavier OuelletBrian Lashoff

 

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson (starting)
Jake Paterson

Bruins

Forwards

Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith
Justin FlorekCarl SoderbergLoui Eriksson
Jordan CaronGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

 

Defensemen

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton
Johnny BoychukMatt Bartkowski
Kevan MillerTorey Krug

 

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask (starting)
Chad Johnson

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."

LGRW

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist, Hockey, Johan Franzen, NHL, Tomas Tatar, Xavier Ouellet

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