Bruins vs. Red Wings Game 4 Preview: The Return of Zetterbeard

Leon Halip

Henrik Zetterberg is back, and will play "limited minutes" tonight.

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 8:00 PM, Joe Lewis Arena. TV Broadcast: NESN, NBCSN, TSN2. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: Winging it in Motown.

Series Record: Bruins 2-1 vs Red Wings 1-2

Wings Lines:

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)
Jonas Gustavsson

Bruins 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
Johnny Boychuk Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask (starting)
Hi I'm Chad Johnson

Game Notes:

  • 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:

NEVER FORGET:

This is how to Douglas.

Extra Skater Stats Preview

Link coming soon

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?

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