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Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes for the Red Wings on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

He was yanked in Game 2 after he permitted four goals on 18 shots in 40 minutes of action. Jimmy Howard turned aside 11 of the 12 shots he faced in relief, but he'll return to the bench as Mrazek's understudy. "I thought our goalie was real good in Game 1," coach Mike Babcock explained. "I thought their goalie was real good in Game 2. Here we are going home."
Apr 21 - 10:48 AM

Jonathan Ericsson is nursing a lower-body injury, but he's expected to play Tuesday in Game 3.

He didn't take to the ice on Monday for practice and he didn't skate last Friday before Game 2 either. Ericsson has six hits, one shot and an even plus-minus rating, while averaging 20:04 of ice time in two postseason contests.
Apr 21 - 8:50 AM

Brendan Smith will make his 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Tuesday.

He was a healthy scratch for the first two games in favor of Alexey Marchenko, but that will change in Game 3. Smith was paired with Marek Zidlicky during Monday's practice.
Apr 20 - 2:29 PM

Justin Abdelkader (hand) has confirmed that he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday

He skated with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist during Monday's practice. Abdelkader has missed the last six games, including Detroit's first two playoff matches, with a hand injury.
Apr 20 - 2:17 PM

Alexey Marchenko might be in the press box for Game 3.

He has a minus-3 rating after the first two games of the series and he has struggled with his defensive coverages. Brendan Smith may get to draw back into the lineup or Jakub Kindl could get the nod.
Apr 20 - 10:49 AM

Stephen Weiss may be a healthy scratch Tuesday for the Red Wings.

He played the fewest minutes (8:22) of any Detroit player in Game 1 and he had a minus-1 rating in the second match of the series in 12:34 of playing time. Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco are also candidates to sit in Game 3 when Detroit is hoping to welcome back Justin Abdelkader to the lineup.
Apr 20 - 10:43 AM

Niklas Kronwall believes his team was better in game two than they were in game one.

The Wings won game one and were blown out in game two, but the only reason this series is tied is because of goaltender Petr Mrazek's performance in the first game. "I know it might be hard to believe if you're simply looking at the stat sheet," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, "but I thought we executed overall a lot better in this game than we did in Game 1." Detroit will have to perform better than they did in the first two games of this series or they probably won't be advancing to the next round.
Apr 19 - 10:15 AM

Mike Babcock said he will shuffle his lineup around after Saturday's 5-1 blowout loss to Tampa Bay.

"It is what it is," Babcock said after Saturday's loss. "We'll be fortunate we'll get Abby back next game, so we'll be able to move people around and put us in a little better situation that way, better matchups. Plus we'll have last change at home." The Wings will need to be a whole lot better than they were in game two if they want to advance to the next round. The series now shifts back to Detroit tied at one.
Apr 19 - 10:10 AM

Justin Abdelkader (hand) is likely to return to the Red Wings lineup for Game 3, according to coach Mike Babcock.

Abdelkader has not played since April 4. The 28-year-old had 23 goals and 44 points during the regular season. Pay close attention to the Red Wings' practices leading up to Tuesday's game.
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

Petr Mrazek will remain the Red Wings’ starting goaltender, coach Mike Babcock said after Game 2.

Mrazek was yanked after the second period when he allowed four goals on 18 shots in the 5-1 Game 2 loss. The first-round series shifts to Detroit on Tuesday. Mark posted a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage during the regular season, and he stopped 44 of 46 shots in Game 1.
Apr 18 - 7:53 PM

Tomas Tatar scored the Detroit Red Wings' only goal in a 5-1 defeat against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2.

Tatar was unable to score in five postseason games back in 2013-14, so this represents the first playoff point of his NHL career.
Apr 18 - 5:54 PM

After bailing out the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1, Petr Mrazek's buckled under the Tampa Bay Lightning attack in a 5-1 Game 2 loss.

Mrazek only made it through two periods, giving up four goals on just 18 shots. Jimmy Howard allowed a goal on 12 shots in relief. One would assume that Howard is likely to be the Game 3 starter, but we'll wait and see what Mike Babcock ends up saying.
Apr 18 - 5:50 PM

The Detroit Red Wings won't alter their lineup heading into Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

That means that Justin Abdelkader will indeed be out once again. The Red Wings managed a 1-0 series lead despite a huge SOG disparity in Tampa Bay's favor, but coaches often decide not to rock the boat after a win.
Apr 18 - 1:18 PM

Although Johan Franzen is skating, it is the longest of longshots that he will be able to play again this season.

Franzen is dealing with post-concussion syndrome for the second time in 14 months and his recovery has gone slowly. The Wings will not take any chances with him so inserting him into the playoff lineup even if he is healthy after such a long layoff is not likely in the cards.
Apr 18 - 9:25 AM

Erik Cole (spinal cord contusion) will not play again this season.

Although Cole is skating with the team it is just so that he will feel part of the club. Just in case you were wondering if Cole was making a miracle comeback.
Apr 18 - 9:18 AM

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