Just the Facts:
Game Time: 8:00 PM, Joe Lewis Arena. TV Broadcast: NESN, NBCSN, TSN2. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub
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|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Jurco|
|Johan Franzen||Darren Helm||Gustav Nyquist|
|Drew Miller||David Legwand||Luke Glendening|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
|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|
|Johnny Boychuk||Matt Bartkowski|
|Torey Krug||Kevan Miller|
|Tuukka Rask (starting)|
|Hi I'm Chad Johnson|
- The Bruins will attempt to go up 3-1 in the series tonight, which would give them the chance to close out the series at home on Saturday. They made the Red Wings look absolutely amateur in game three, limiting their shots in every situation and getting goals from Patrice Bergeron, Dougie Hamilton, and Jordan Caron. (Seriously, Caron.)
- The big story of game 4 will be that Henrik Zetterberg is apparently coming back to play tonight, although he'll be given limited minutes. Just how healthy is he, and is a Zetterberg at not-100% worth the Bruins' concern at this point?
- Sounds like Matt Bartkowski's flu bug was actually really serious:
Matt Bartkowski said he had a fever of 105 at one point this week. So, that sounds fun.— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 23, 2014
This is how to Douglas.
Extra Skater Stats Preview
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So the player usage charts are still ugly (so much red to make up for from the first two games!) but check out this FF% chart. UM, GAME THREE WAS A BIT BETTER I'D SAY HOLY MOLY
Player Usage Charts, playoffs to date
Haha this is still pretty terrible. What it doesn't show, however, is how great the special teams work has been - the bubble colors only take 5v5 play into account. Clearly the key is: draw penalties, score on the power play, rinse, repeat. Can you imagine watching the 2011 team and having to rely on the power play? Nightmare fuel. The current Bruins have the best PP% in the league this playoffs. Small sample sizes, yes, but holy moly.
That high rate of 5v5 ozone starts doesn't really seem to be doing much for Detroit these last two games, eh?