Zdeno Chara, Justin Abdelkader

Red Wings focus on staying out of penalty box


The Boston Bruins want to play a physical game against the Red Wings and engage them verbally. Detroit doesn’t want to risk responding in kind.

“We have to remember to skate away,” goaltender Jimmy Howard said. per the Detroit News.

Boston converted on 21.7% of its regular season power-play opportunities, which was good for third place in the NHL. Detroit was just middle-of-the-road when it came to killing penalties and scoring with the man advantage, so the Red Wings realize that they’re unlikely to win this series if it’s decided by special teams.

“Against a team like this, which was so lethal on the power play, you want to stay out of the box,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “We’ll do what we can to try to do that and play five-on-five. That’s where we’re at our best.”

Detroit managed to stay disciplined in Game 1 on Friday. While the Bruins outhit the Red Wings 34-26, Detroit only committed one penalty en route to a 1-0 victory. If the Red Wings can keep that up throughout the series, then one of the Bruins’ biggest advantages will be marginalized.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.