DETROIT -- The Bruins will be facing a very different Detroit Red Wings lineup for Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.
While Detroit coach Mike Babcock wouldn’t definitely pronounce Henrik Zetterberg a “go” after his team's morning skate at the Joe, Zetterberg was a participant in both line rushes and power play practice at morning skate.
The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell reported early Thurday morning that Zetterberg would play 10-12 minutes in Game 4 in limited action for the Wings. One area where Zetterberg can immediately help: a Detroit power play that’s gone 0-for-9 thus far in the series.
“He can help [on special teams],” said Brendan Smith of Zetterberg. “He’s a world-class player, so anytime you can put a world-class player in your lineup it’s going to help with special teams, even strength, and in any situation.”
Babcock also opted to insert Todd Bertuzzi into the Red Wings lineup for Game 4, as well, to give Detroit a little size, strength and surliness around the net. Babcock confirmed that Daniel Alfredsson will be out for Game 4, but should be ready to return t for Game 5 on Saturday. Further it appears that Tomas Jurco is coming out of the lineup to make room for Bertuzzi, and that lessens some of the speed/skill element for the Detroit forward group headed into this game.
Jurco is one of a group of top scorers for the Red Wings that hasn't been able to get untracked offensively in a series where Detroit has managed only two goals in three games against the Bruins.