B1G, if true
Hockey News is reporting Zetterberg will make a surprise return to the lineup tonight. No one really expected a return until next round and with the beat down Tuesday this should be a big morale boost even if he is rusty as heck.
A source close to the Red Wings said Henrik Zetterberg has been cleared to play tonight, after missing the last 30 games (including playoffs) and all but one game of the Olympics with a back injury. The source said Zetterberg will likely play only “limited minutes,” somewhere in the range of 10 to 12, but even that will be a massive upgrade for a Red Wings team that is reeling with injuries and has been outscored by the Bruins 7-1 in the past two games.
Game 3 Tonight for the Red Wings. First home playoff game for Detroit of the 2014 playoffs.
Puck Drop 7:30 EST
TV: NBCSN or FSD
Daniel Alfredsson is out. In is Jokiam Andersson. This will be his first game played in the 2014 playoffs. Andersson played 14 games last year as a rookie.
Jakub Kindl replaces Alfredsson at the point, along with Danny DeKeyser) on the second power-play unit (joining Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Jurco).
Here are the lines the Red Wings skated with this morning:
Johan Franzen-Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Jurco-Darren Helm-Joakim Andersson
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-David Legwand
LET'S GO RED WINGS!
Surprised nobody created a thread yet. Game 1 vs. Boston one period in. LGRW!
PS: If somebody breaks Marchand's face into pieces, I wouldn't be upset.
If this doesn't get you pumped for the playoffs, I don't know what will. Really hoping for a Red Wings - Avs final for old times sake. Especially since Roy is the coach now, it would be awesome to see some type of rivalry rekindled. Maybe a Varlamov - Howard fight or Roy v Babcock
CollegeHockeyNews just dropped their early Top 10 for 2014-2015 yesterday. Michigan features in at #3 which seems a touch high to me:
early top 10 for 2014-15— College Hockey News (@chnews) April 15, 2014
2. N. Dakota
8. Minnesota St.
Surprising to me is that they have Miami all the way up at #5. They finished at 15-20-3 this year but must have a strong core coming back and/or a strong class coming in to get a bump like that.
I'm hoping with the possible 'addition by subtraction' of some players and a strong class coming in that we'll get back to our first Frozen Four since 2011. CHN seems to agree.
Edit: SBN College Hockey (formerly WesternCollegeHockeyBlog) also has their early list up but has Michigan all the way at #16. Very interesting decision to have Brown and Dartmouth as ranked teams, both of which have been nothing better than average in years and years
Honorable Mention: Michigan, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Harvard, Maine