Just another game?

Yet again, the Wings will be facing an opponent tonight that is eager to stack itself up against the defending champs.

“Every night we play in the league, when you read the clips before, it’s a ‘measuring game.’ It’s a ‘measuring-stick game,’ ” said Detroit’s Mike Babcock. “This is our 23d measuring-stick game for the other team. Every night is for us. It’s going to be fun for us.”

“I think,” Babcock continued, “when I watch all the teams in the league right now, the two teams that seem to be the most excited and all playing together are Boston and San Jose. Those are the two teams for me.”

  • Despite their three-loss season so far, Babcock said he doesn’t think his club is firing on all cylinders yet.
  • On the other side, Claude Julien said tonight’s game will be a good test for the Bruins. “Right now, I think it’s a great way to show that we are a good team, but also with the type of talent that team has on the other side, a puck-possession team, it’s going to be a good test for us,” Julien said.
  • The Bruins will wear their third jerseys again tonight.

    Anticipated lineup:

    Milan Lucic
    Marc Savard
    Phil Kessel
    P.J. Axelsson
    Patrice Bergeron
    Chuck Kobasew
    Blake Wheeler
    David Krejci
    Michael Ryder
    Petteri Nokelainen
    Stephane Yelle
    Shawn Thornton
    Zdeno Chara
    Aaron Ward
    Matt Hunwick
    Dennis Wideman
    Mark Stuart
    Shane Hnidy
    Manny Fernandez
    Tim Thomas
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