DETROIT — There will be one change in the Red Wings’ lineup Tuesday night, when they face the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at Joe Louis Arena.
Forward Daniel Alfredsson has been scratched because of a nagging back issue, leaving the door open for Joakim Andersson, who’ll replace Alfredsson.
"Andersson’s in today and Alfredsson’s out," said Wings coach Mike Babcock, who seemed unconcerned with Alfredsson’s condition. "Alfie needed another day."
When asked about Andersson’s game, Babcock said he believes the Wings will benefit from his penalty-killing abilities. They gave up two power-play goals in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Boston. The series is tied 1-1.
"We thought both specialty teams were average last game," Babcock said. "Andersson can help our penalty kill. He’s a good face-off guy. He’s a big body and knows how to play"
During the morning skate, Andersson was on a line with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco, but Babcock isn’t sure that’s where Andersson will play Tuesday. If Babcock decides to make a change, David Legwand will be moved up to play with Helm and Jurco.
Andersson, who’ll be making his 2014 playoff debut, appeared in 65 games for the Wings this season, notching eight goals and nine assists and was a minus-11.
"There are a lot of games during the regular season, but these are the games you want to play in," Andersson said. "Boston is a very good team, a heavy team that played way better in Game 2 than Game 1. It should be fun."
Since the Wings are the home team in the next two games, they’ll have the last change to match up line combinations and defensive pairings against the Bruins.
Defenseman Nik Kronwall thinks that last change will favor the Wings, but he also feels his team must have the jump right from the start of the game.
"It’s definitely an advantage," Kronwall said. "You always get the right people out there, but if we utilize our speed to our advantage, we’ll give ourselves a good chance.
"Starting on time is very important. The last game we didn’t and we were down two to nothing. Hopefully, it’ll be the other way around tonight."
The Wings on Tuesday continued to stress the importance of staying away from the after-the-whistle scrums.
Although they’ll admit they must show more self control and restraint, many of the players thought the referees also must keep a grip on the situation.
"Hopefully, the refs will get a handle on those things after the whistle," Justin Abdelkader said. "That’s something we don’t need to get involved with. That’s something the refs can handle."
GLENDENING TALKS TO RED
Babcock again elaborated on why he admires Luke Glendening so much. Babcock said that Glendening is "ultra competitive" and his football background makes him "love the contact."
Because of Glendening’s mindset, Babcock has no qualms about putting the young forward into any game situation.
Glendening downplays any praise he receives and said he’s just trying to adjust to the rigors of playoff hockey.
"It’s definitely different than anything I’ve ever experienced," Glendening said. "The other opportunities I had (NCAA Tournament and Calder Cup playoffs) prepared me for this, but you have to be thrown into the fire a little bit.
"The intensity, the physicality and the crowd are all something that you try and take it in and use it to your advantage. It’s been a unique experience."
The Monday before the playoffs began, Glendening took a trip to Ann Arbor to speak with his former college coach, Michigan’s Red Berenson, to get his playoff perspective.
"I just wanted to say hey and see how he’s doing," Glendening said. "We talked about the playoffs and his experiences.
"He’s a great guy to talk to. He’s seen it all. He’s done it all. There’s nothing you can’t ask him that he doesn’t have an answer for."