Wings' Alfredsson out for Game 3 vs. Bruins

Wings' Alfredsson out for Game 3 vs. Bruins
April 22, 2014, 11:45 am
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DETROIT – The Red Wings will be without one of their key veterans for Game 3 as Daniel Alfredsson will be out for Tuesday night’s game against the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena. Normally it’s a cranky back with the 41-year-old Swedish winger, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock didn’t specify what the ailment was for Alfredsson this time around. In his place the Red Wings will insert Joakim Andersson, who hasn’t yet appeared in the first round series for Detroit.

The former Ottawa Senators captain hadn’t yet cracked the scoresheet in the first two games of the series, and hasn’t even registered a shot on net while averaging almost 15 minutes per game in the first two contests. Andersson will slot in on a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco, and gives the Wings some needed intangibles given the fact he’s a bit healthier than Alfredsson.

“Alfredsson needed another day,” said Babcock. “Andersson can really help our penalty kill. We thought our penalty kill was average. We thought both special teams were average last game. Andersson can help our penalty kill.

“He's a good face off guy, he's a big body, knows how to play. I don't know whether he's going to play the whole game with [Darren] Helm and [Tomas] Jurco, or if we'll move [David] Legwand there and play Andy [Andersson] with Helmer and Millsie [Drew Miller]. We'll just see how it works.”

It’s clearly a blow for the Red Wings despite the improvement on the PK after Alfredsson led the team with 49 points in 68 games during his first season in Detroit, and the Winged Wheels have managed only two goals in two games against Boston.