May 4, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano (7) is checked by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) in the second period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 5 – Red Wings Strive To Take The Series Lead Tonight

The Detroit Red Wings are back in California and will faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

After another overtime win, it seems that the Red Wings are back on track and ready to take the lead in the series tonight. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrk Zetterberg will have to step up because in the odd number games they have not been their best.

Anaheim is back in their building and ready to ride the emotion from their fans to victory, which means the Red Wings need to get on top of them early to take the fans out of the game. Jonas Hiller has been a tough nugget to crack this series for the Wings, but if they learn anything last game it is keep shooting.

Projected Line-up


Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Mikael Samuelsson

Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves – Cory Emmerton – Todd Bertuzzi


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Kyle Quincey

Jakub Kindl  Brian Lashoff


Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard had a great bounce back game after the 4-0 loss and was a game changer in net.

The combination of Smith and Quincey has not been very good this series, they have to pick up their play.

Big bad Todd Bertuzzi had a solid impact in the last game, not only with his play, but he made sure the Ducks knew he was their if they wanted to start anything.

Mike Babcock called out Mikael Samuelsson after the game.

I liked everything about him except the net front presence. I like that he makes good plays, he’s big, he’s strong, he skates. [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] need someone at the net, they could have had more if they had a guy at the net. So we are going to have to talk about that. That’s not his nature, he has never been that guy on any line, but if you are going to play with those guys, you gotta be at the net.

Prediction: No prediction today, the Red Wings just have to win.

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