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The Detroit Red Wings may have a different lineup heading into Game 3. Head coach Mike Babcock plans to insert veteran forward Kirk Maltby into the lineup, likely replacing Justin Abdelkader. On Thursday, Pavel Datsyuk did not practice and his status is unknown for tonight’s contest. If Datsyuk is unable to play tonight, Valtteri Filppula will take his spot on the line with Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa. Babcock would then likely insert Ville Leino into the lineup on the fourth line. Leino has participated in drills with the team over the past week as well as spent additional time on the ice with his fellow Black Aces.
Game 3 is slated to start at 8 p.m. EDT in Chicago, Ill., and will be televised on Versus (U.S.) and CBC and RDS (Canada). Wings’ fans can also follow a narrative play-by-play of the action at the United Center by checking out WingsLive before and during the game.
The Original Six Rivalry
A lot has been said by the media about the environment at United Center and how electric they expect the atmosphere to be this weekend for Games 3 and 4. Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News talks about the infamous “Detroit sucks!” chant that will surely be heard many times in and around the United Center this weekend.
Red Wings great Gordie Howe remarked on the historic Detroit-Chicago rivalry to David Haugh, a Chicago Tribune reporter.
Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom talked to defenseman Chris Chelios about which of the two cities had better pizza, parking, sports bars, etc. Cheli has spent considerable time living and playing hockey in both cities so he is pretty qualified to give his opinion on these questions. Two Detroit Free Press journalists made the trek from Detroit to Chicago and wrote about the people (and food) they came across on their travels down Michigan Avenue.
In Other News
Detroit News’ columnist Bob Wojnowski talks about the offensive struggles Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa have been facing of late.
The Detroit News has an interesting article about the popularity of the Red Wings in Sweden and the challenges the players face when they have to conduct interviews with both Swedish and English reporters at the same time.
Ansar Khan of MLive.com writes about the Wings’ struggles on the penalty kill as Detroit has allowed a goal in each of their last 11 playoff games while on the PK.