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Sharks, Bruins try to complete sweeps of Red Wings, Flyers tonight

May 6, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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If things keep going the way they’ve been, two more series might be complete by the end of Friday. That’s a big change of pace from the four Game 7′s found in the first round, but these playoffs have been as nutty as they’ve been captivating, so you never know.

Let’s take a look at the two Game 4 contests that will dominate tonight’s hockey action. As always, start times are according to Eastern Standard Time (ET).

San Jose @ Detroit (Versus) – 7 p.m.; Sharks lead series 3-0

Both the Red Wings and Sharks are expected to stick with their lineups from Game 3. Some Red Wings fans might be a little upset about that, but honestly, I think most alterations would likely qualify as “change for the sake of change.” After all, it’s not like the Red Wings are getting blow out by the Sharks.

We’ll wait and see if this ends up being the last game for Nicklas Lidstrom and/or Mike Modano. If that’s the case, Modano would do so on the bench.

Check out CSN’s game notes for more on this game.

Philadelphia @ Boston – 8 p.m.; Bruins lead series 3-0

While the Red Wings are wise to stand pat despite a 3-0 deficit, the Flyers are equally justified in making a change in net. As we speculated, Sergei Bobrovsky will start Game 4 after Brian Boucher failed to win a single game in this series.

Naturally, there will be many who wonder if the Flyers can turn it around. Tim Panaccio thinks that Philly will play loose with little to lose while Joe Haggerty points out what makes this year’s Bruins team different.

  1. lionmyth - May 6, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Are the referees paid off or just extremely partial?

    With 4 minutes to go in the second period a Detroit player hits a Shark in the face right in front of the ref. With 3 minutes to go a Shark goes down, a Red Wing jumps on his back and then hits the Shark in the back of the head; no call. These blatantly poor refereeing decisions make one wonder.

    The league needs to do something.

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