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Bertuzzi to make series debut for Wings in Game 4

Apr 24, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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Todd Bertuzzi is in and Tomas Jurco is out tonight at the Joe.

That’s what Detroit head coach Mike Babcock confirmed on Thursday morning, saying that Bertuzzi would draw in and make his series debut against Boston at the expense of Jurco, who comes out after going pointless in the first three games of the series.

Bertuzzi, 39, will be the resident greybeard on a line with Tomas Tatar (23 years old) and Riley Sheahan (22).

The Wings are looking to spark an offense that has just two goals through three games and is 0-for-9 on the power play. It’s also expected Henrik Zetterberg will make his comeback tonight and play “limited minutes,” so all signs point to Babcock leaning on his vets to get the club out of its scoring slump.

Bertuzzi had nine goals and 16 points in 59 games this year, but hasn’t scored point in his last 11 playoff appearances.

In other lineup news, Detroit will once again be without Daniel Alfredsson tonight. The 41-year-old is dealing with a back injury — which forced him out of Game 3 — but is expected to be available for selection for Saturday’s Game 5.

  1. madmax80 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Rewritten Headline:

    Update: Bertuzzi is actually still alive. Who knew?

    • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      He’ll play 7 minutes, and 5 of those will involve planting his fat butt in front of Rask. I’m no fan, but wrestle Chara in front of the net and all is forgiven Todd.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        Or drop Lucic. That Dbag doesn’t have the stones to stand toe to toe with Bert.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        It’d be like Lucic’s dad give him a smackdown in the back yard. Hopefully Todd is juicing again.

      • newgod99 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Is Bertuzzi going to punch Lucic from behind???

      • drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        The notion that Lucic couldn’t take anyone in the league is laughable.

        Now, it doesn’t make sense for Lucic to do this, since he’s by far the better player than Bertuzzi.

        Also, it’s hilarious that, in a conversation about Lucic and Bertuzzi, *Lucic* is the “DBag”. Someone has a short memory.

    • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      still a solid nhl hockey player. maybe the world will get lucky and hell hallucinated and mistake nyquist for naslund, and marchand for moore

      • drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Go have the stones to say that to Marchand. He’s on twitter.

      • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        haha..yeah im not sure what i would tihnk of myself if i “twittered” some nhl star like that…

        no jokes?

  2. avfanforlife - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    The day he gets his name etched on the Stanley Cup is the day I stop watching hockey.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Oh man, I can’t wait to see him raise that b!tch

      • 101starmymedic - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM


  3. michiganhockey11 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    He’s in the game to protect Z. Plain and simple.

    • bildomac07 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      If that was the thought process I’d think they’d skate on the same line right? I think he’s in there because the Bruins haven’t allowed the Wings to get to the dirty areas in front of the net and a big body like Bertuzzi could help them in that regard.

  4. pwshrugged - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Love this change. Sucks for Jurco, whom I don’t think has played poorly, but Bertuzzi adds some much needed physical presence on a line that desperately needs it. The Kid Line has been dominated this playoff, so a physical veteran like Bertuzzi might help get them going and be a little less manhandled.

    Also love the report of the 3rd line being Nyquist-Helm-Franzen. I expect both Franzen and Nyquist to take 1st-line shifts to keep Zetterberg’s minutes low.

    Good shake-ups. Here’s hoping they help.

  5. imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    2games too late IMO

  6. crusty14 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I don’t really think lucic will be too concerned about facing a washed up, healthy scratch like bertuzzi !

  7. nosefacekillah - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I find this a little desperate. Most everyone agrees Detroit must beat Boston with speed if they are to make it out of the first round. Boston has done a great job of slowing the Wings attack the past two games and Detroit answers with a player that is a shadow of himself in hopes of matching the B’s physicality.

    Between a recovering Zetterberg and an old tough guy Detroit just shifted into low gear. Odd.

  8. southstands1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    …and if Bertuzzi playing doesn’t help out, Detroit can always have him sucker punch Milan Lucic.

    Of course Lucic isn’t a rookie, so sucker punching him might be too much for Bertuzzi to handle.

    …Todd Bertuzzi…just another reason to hate the Red Wings…

  9. skr213 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Will Steve Moore be playing? Ohhhh, that’s right, his career is over.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      because we all knew he was in for a long, illustrious NHL career
      (and no, this doesn’t justify in any way what Bertuzzi did 10 years ago)

      • drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Moore was quite good in juniors and college, and had played three pro seasons before Bertuzzi’s assault. He was 25 when his career ended. Your eval is a bit off.

      • rbbbaron - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Not sure what eval is, but I’ll roll with it.

        “Moore…had played three pro seasons before Bertuzzi’s assault.” He played parts of 3 seasons, 69 NHL games in total and amounted 12 career points. Admittedly I don’t have the data, but I’m willing to bet that most players that step onto NHL ice don’t have careers lasting 12 seasons or more (as skr213 was tacitly suggesting). Unfortunately we’ll never know for sure, but my money would be that Moore wasn’t going to be an exception to that.

  10. phxyotes - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Isn’t Bertuzzi playing for free anyway? Pretty sure Moore is going to clean his pockets after his lawsuit goes to trial in September.

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