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Gameday Preview: Bruins-Red Wings Game 5

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Brad Marchand and the Bruins look to finish the Red Wings in Game 5. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily

It’s no secret that the Boston Bruins have the Detroit Red Wings number by now. It’s also no secret that the Bruins have had trouble closing out series.

Still, the Black and Gold have the Red Wings right where they want them. Even with the emotional lift of Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi in Game 4, the Bruins weathered the storm and got the overtime victory from Jarome Iginla to go up 3-1 in the series.

The Bruins are 5-9 in non-Game 7 series clinching scenarios under Claude Julien. They’ll look to change that this afternoon as they have a chance to wrap up their series with the Red Wings in five.

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Gameday details:

Series details: Bruins lead, 3-1
Game 5 puck drop: 3 p.m.
Networks: NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: TD Garden

Bruins projected lines:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Justin Florek-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Red Wings projected lines:

Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist-Darren Helm-Daniel Alfredsson
Johan Franzen-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-David Legwand

Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser
Xavier Ouellet-Brian Lashoff

Jonas Gustavsson
Jimmy Howard

Injury updates:

After missing the last two games due to injury, Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredssson returned to practice and will suit up for Game 5. The former Senators captain was out due to back spasms.

While they might have another veteran returning, Jimmy Howard will miss his second straight game. Jonas Gustavsson, who made 37 saves in Game 4, will once again make the start.

Daniel Paille skated again during the Bruins optional practice on Friday, but will be out again with a concussion. Although no timetable has been set for his return, it seems he’ll be back in the lineup sooner, rather than later.

Who to watch for in Game 5: Brad Marchand and Jonas Gustavsson

If it wasn’t for Iginla’s overtime winner, than Brad Marchand would’ve had nightmares in his sleep after Game 4. With Gustavsson out of position, Marchand had a wide open net to shoot at not only once, but twice. His misses in the first and third period could’ve been a hot topic of discussion, but luckily, with the B’s in position to clinch the series, he was able to laugh about it with his teammates, and gave a kiss to Iginla for saving his back. Marchand has had some good looks throughout the series. We’ll see if he gets a few more chances today and if he can bury them.

With Howard out, Gustavsson was very solid in Game 4. The Swedish goalie made 37 saves and gave his team a chance to win even when they were outplayed. Can he carry over that performance into a must-win Game 5? If so, the Red Wings have a chance to steal one and continue the series.

Gameday edge: First period edge

Despite being outplayed in the first period in Game 4, the Bruins were able to overcome some early adversity. With a chance to clinch the series, they'll like to avoid another slow start again. If they play like they did in Games 2 and 3 in the opening 20 minutes, then they can dictate the tempo and make a desperate Red Wings squad play on their heels.

A look back at Game 4:


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