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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

It does not appear as if Justin Abdelkader will be able to suit up for Game 2 of the Red Wings' best of seven series against the Lightning.

He is still dealing with a hand injury and is not ready to suit up.
Apr 18 - 9:14 AM

It should come as no surprise that Petr Mrazek will be back in the Red Wing goal for Game 2 against Tampa Saturday afternoon.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock indicated that he will not be making any lineup changes for Saturday afternoon's matinee. All Mrazek did was steal Game One stopping 44 shots. It will be hard for Mrazek to top that performance but he looks locked in at the moment and his play gives the Wings a chance to go back to Detroit up two games in the best of seven series.
Apr 18 - 9:12 AM

Petr Mrazek will start Game Two on Saturday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mrazek was stellar in Game One, making 44 saves in Detroit's 3-2 victory. It was his first career NHL playoff game, to boot. While it's unlikely that Mrazek will be able to duplicate such a brilliant performance, that'd be true for nearly any goaltender. The highly touted prospect may just be the real deal, so stay tuned.
Apr 17 - 8:52 PM

The Detroit Red Wings' minus-32 shot differential against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night was the worst in 50 years for a team that won in regulation in the playoffs.

Petr Mrazek deserves a lot of credit for that as he stopped 44 of 46 shots in the 3-2 victory. However, it also speaks to how fortunate Detroit was that things ended up the way they did. While certain Red Wings players were great in Game 1 on Thursday, the fact that the team won can also be seen as a gift. Now they have to work hard so that it isn't squandered.
Apr 17 - 2:37 PM

Darren Helm earned a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

He helped set up both goals by Pavel Datsyuk in the match. Helm was also credited with four penalty minutes, three shots and two hits.
Apr 17 - 9:16 AM

Luke Glendening's shorthanded goal was the game winner in Game 1 against Tampa Bay.

His spinning backhander caught Lightning goalie Ben Bishop while he was moving and the puck went right through him. Glendening had a goal in five playoff games last year.
Apr 17 - 9:01 AM

Pavel Datsyuk jumpstarted the Red Wings' post-season with two goals in the first 20:08 of Game 1 on Thursday night which helped Detroit push past Tampa Bay 3-2.

Datsyuk had a nice tip from a point shot to open the scoring, then ripped a nice wrister from the slot early in the second period to give Detroit an early edge. The Wings' captain now has 110 points in 146 playoff games and seven points in his past four games.
Apr 16 - 11:27 PM

Petr Mrazek was sensational in his first career playoff start on Thursday night, making 44 saves on 46 shots to help the Wings snag Game 1 on the road from Tampa Bay.

Mrazek rewarded head coach Mike Babcock with his decision to give the 23-year-old the start over Jimmy Howard, who has been in net the past five years at post-season time. Mrazek went 16-9-2 with a 2.38 goals against average and .918 save percentage in the regular season. The young Czech certainly provided the spark in goal the Wings were looking for.
Apr 16 - 11:09 PM


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