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Gameday Preview: Bruins-Red Wings Game 4

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The Bruins will look to head back to Boston for Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead with a win in Game 4 Thursday night. (Photo by Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)

Thanks to back-to-back wins in Games 2 and 3, the Boston Bruins now have a 2-1 series lead. The Bruins will look to head back to Boston for Game 5 with a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Red Wings may have some added help tonight as they look to even the series up at two games apiece, we will get to that.

Gameday Details:

Series details: Bruins lead series 2-1
Game 4 puck drop: 8:00PM
Networks: NBC Sports, TSN, NESN
Location: Joe Louis Arena

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Bruins projected lines:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Justin Florek-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrej Meszaros-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Red Wings projected lines:

Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader
Johan Franzen-Darren Helm-Gustav Nyquist
Todd Bertuzzi-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-David Legwand

Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl-Brian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Morning skate update:

After claiming he wouldn’t be ready until the second round,—if the Wings got there—it looks like Red Wings Captain Henrik Zetterberg will be back in action Thursday night. Zetterberg took the ice for Detroit’s morning skate, lining up with Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader.

Zetterberg hasn’t played in a game since February 12, where Team Sweden defeated the Czech Republic in the Winter Olympic Games. If Zetterberg is cleared by doctors, head coach Mike Babcock says Zetterberg is in.

“Z told me that when I asked him this morning he said he was going to the doctor,” Babcock said. “But because we were even talking about it I put him on a line, I put him on the power play, and the doctors decide not me. So I’m hopeful. We’ll know at game time after warm-ups.”

The Bruins lineup will be the same as it was in Game 3. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg skated laps around “The Joe” this morning, but the veteran blue-liner is not expected back anytime soon.

Who to watch for in Game 4: Jarome Iginla and Jimmy Howard:

Jarome Iginla’s 30 goals tied Patrice Bergeron for the team lead during the regular season, through three playoff games with the Red Wings; Iginla has failed to find the back of the net. Luckily for the Bruins, they’ve been carried by secondary scoring en route to a 2-1 series lead, but the Bruins will certainly need their top line to get them going. That starts with Iginla.

With the Red Wings desperate to avoid an elimination game Saturday in Boston, the Wings will come out hungry in Game 4 and the Bruins will need to do everything they can to slow down a speedy Red Wings squad. A big night from Iginla and the Bruins first line will do exactly that.

Coming into the series with the Bruins, many eyes were focused on Jimmy Howard. People wondered how he would produce against a Bruins team who can score at will. Through three games, Howard has been solid, but not solid enough, allowing seven goals in two games since shutting the Bruins out in Game 1.

The Wings may get a big energy boost tonight with the potential return of Zetterberg. Howard and the Wings will need to use that energy to get themselves going. After two tough games for Howard, look for him to be on point tonight.

Gameday edge:

A look back at Game 3:

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