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Wings changes: Alfredsson, Ouellet in — Bertuzzi, Kindl out


The Detroit Red Wings are facing elimination in today’s Game 5 and they’re changing things up a bit.

Forward Daniel Alfredsson will be back in the Detroit lineup after missing the past two games with a back problem. Alfredsson will take Todd Bertuzzi’s spot in the lineup.

Forwards aren’t the only change as Jakub Kindl will take a seat in favor of rookie Xavier Ouellet. Kindl has been paired up with Brian Lashoff on Detroit’s third defensive pairing and they struggled mightily in Game 4. With the Wings facing elimination on the road in Boston, coach Mike Babcock has to try something to help out the blue line.

Detroit already has their hands full with Jimmy Howard taking a seat due to the flu and Jonas Gustavsson getting the start. Gustavsson played admirably in Game 4 in place of Howard but still took the loss on Jarome Iginla’s overtime goal. Howard will back up Gustavsson in Game 5.

Bertuzzi to make series debut for Wings in Game 4

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

Todd Bertuzzi is in and Tomas Jurco is out tonight at the Joe.

That’s what Detroit head coach Mike Babcock confirmed on Thursday morning, saying that Bertuzzi would draw in and make his series debut against Boston at the expense of Jurco, who comes out after going pointless in the first three games of the series.

Bertuzzi, 39, will be the resident greybeard on a line with Tomas Tatar (23 years old) and Riley Sheahan (22).

The Wings are looking to spark an offense that has just two goals through three games and is 0-for-9 on the power play. It’s also expected Henrik Zetterberg will make his comeback tonight and play “limited minutes,” so all signs point to Babcock leaning on his vets to get the club out of its scoring slump.

Bertuzzi had nine goals and 16 points in 59 games this year, but hasn’t scored point in his last 11 playoff appearances.

In other lineup news, Detroit will once again be without Daniel Alfredsson tonight. The 41-year-old is dealing with a back injury — which forced him out of Game 3 — but is expected to be available for selection for Saturday’s Game 5.

Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins - Game Two

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Boston’s Game 2 win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Red Wings this season. The Bruins were 2-4 on the power play Sunday and are now 5-10 in their last four games, dating back to the regular season (50%). The Red Wings failed to score on any of their four power play opportunities Sunday and are now 1-19 in their last six games, dating back to the regular season (5.2%). For the series, the Bruins are 2-5 on the power play and the Red Wings are 0-6.

— Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask picked up his 22nd career playoff victory, stopping 34 of 35 shots Sunday. He led all goaltenders during the regular season with a total of 26 starts in which he allowed no more than one goal. Rask has not allowed more than a goal in either playoff game and has a .966 save%. The Finnish goalie also won his second game against the Red Wings this season and first against them since a 4-1 victory in Boston October 5. In his two wins against the Red Wings this season, Rask faced 30.5 shots/game, while only 24.75 in his four losses.

— Since moving from Olympia Arena to Joe Louis Arena in 1979, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups, while making two other trips to the Stanly Cup Final. During their runs to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and 2009, the Red Wings posted a 20-4 home record (83.3 win % — 9-2 in 2008; 11-2 in 2009). But since then, they have gone 10-8 in the last four postseasons at the Joe (55 win %). During the 2013-14 regular season, Detroit had the fewest wins at home of any of the 16 playoff teams, while Boston was 23-12-6 away from home (63.4 pts%), the NHL’s third-best points percentage.

— When losing Game 1 and winning Game 2, Boston has won 12 of those 20 series. Since the Bruins returned to the playoffs in 2007-08, they have been involved in three such series, winning two and dropping the most recent — last year’s Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

— Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara closed the scoring Sunday with a power-play goal, recording his 55th career postseason point, fourth among all active NHL defensemen.

— Through the first two games of each playoff series, every team except for Boston and Detroit had conceded at least 5 goals. Boston, which allowed the second-fewest goals of any team during the regular season (2.08 goals/game) has only allowed two, while Detroit, 16th in the league in goals against per game (2.70), has allowed 4 goals.

— The two coaches in this series are among the winningest coaches in terms of playoff success since 2003.


— Detroit’s four leading scorers from the regular season — Daniel Alfredsson (49 pts), Niklas Kronwall (49 pts), Gustav Nyquist (48 pts), and Henrik Zetterberg (48 pts), who is out with a back injury — have yet to register a point in this series. While the three veterans have well-established postseason careers, Nyquist has yet to make such an impact in the playoffs. The 24-year-old forward, who closed the season with 24 points in 24 games since the Olympic break, has 5 points in 20 career playoff games.