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Red Wings opponent Zdeno Chara stands tall in leadership as well as stature

Chara is generally considered one of the best conditioned athletes in the league. Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Few players around the NHL attract the level of respect that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara does. For his work on and off the ice, his leadership and character, Chara stands above many players — and not solely because of his 6-foot-9 frame. More

Red Wings’ Riley Sheahan taking in playoff atmosphere

The locker room was filled with media. Radio, television, print, you name it, they were all crammed in the Red Wings' room after Friday's morning skate, prior to Game 1. More

Red Wings-Bruins Game 1 lineups: Players rarin' to go

Goalie Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings get ready for the Bruins on Friday morning in Boston. David Guralnick / Detroit News

At this point, the Red Wings just want to get going. After four days of preparation, it felt good to have a morning skate Friday and get ready for Game 1 against the Boston Bruins. More

Bruins' Torey Krug, a Livonia native, must put aside fond memories of Red Wings

The Bruins' Torey Krug, skating during morning practice Friday in Boston, grew up rooting for the Red Wings David Guralnick / Detroit News

It's tough to pick just one favorite memory growing up in Livonia as a Red Wings fan, but Torey Krug was able to nail it down. The Boston Bruins defenseman picked a Steve Yzerman moment. More

Red Wings, Bruins rekindle playoff rivalry that blazed in 1940s, '50s

Bruins manager Art Ross is pictured with the 'Kraut Line,' from left: Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer during practice at Boston Garden in 1945. Associated Press

It is as if they approach each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs now as strangers. The first meeting in the playoffs since 1957 between two of the Original Six, the Red Wings and Bruins, begins today after four regular-season games and only sporadic play since 1982. More

Bruins coach Claude Julien shuns role of favorite against Red Wings

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes his way out onto the ice for the morning practice Friday. David Guralnick / Detroit News

The Bruins earned the Presidents Trophy for having the best record in the league. But there are just enough analysts expecting the Red Wings to pull an upset that makes you wonder who is under the most pressure. Boston coach Claude Julien believes the days of David vs. Goliath, the little old No. More

Red Wings vs. Bruins: How they match up

Kyle Quincey poke-checks Loui Eriksson during a Red Wings-Bruins preseason game in September. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Who has the edge? Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the Red Wings-Bruins series in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. More

Detroit News predictions: Bruins will bounce Red Wings

Tuukka Rask won 36 games for the Bruins this season, with a 2.04 goals-against average. Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Gregg Krupa, Ted Kulfan, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their expert opinions on how the Red Wings will fare in their first-round series against the Bruins. More

Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser grows quickly into role

Danny DeKeyser, who grew up in Macomb County, has been paired with Kyle Quincey as the Red Wings earned their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Danny DeKeyser, who played in 11 regular-season games and two playoff games (hand injury) a year ago out of Western Michigan, could be a key for the Red Wings as they open the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight against the Bruins. More

Red Wings' Darren Helm relishes another shot at the Stanley Cup playoffs

Darren Helm was sidelined eight games with a concussion in March, but has played the last 13 games, scoring five goals, including a hat trick in a 4-2 win at Toronto March 29. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Wings center Darren Helm feels fortunate to have the opportunity to be playing in the playoffs again. Helm played just one game last season because of a back injury, missing the postseason. He sat out the first 14 games this season (back, groin injuries). More

Thursday's NHL playoffs roundup: Carl Hagelin takes one for team, Rangers take advantage

Jason Akeson of the Flyers takes a four minute penalty for highsticking Carl Hagelin of the Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

Carl Hagelin took a high stick from Philadelphia's Jason Akeson with 7:35 left, and had his mouth cut open. That gave the Rangers a four-minute power play, and they made the most of it. More

Coach Mike Babcock tinkering with Red Wings lines

Pavel Datsyuk will be on the Red Wings' first line in the playoff opener, but his linemates could change. David Guralnick / Detroit News

So will it be the Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader-Johan Franzen line out on the ice in the opener of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday? Or will it be the Datsyuk-Abdelkader-Gustav Nyquist line going against the Bruins in Boston? Or will it be the … well, you get the picture. More

Red Wings need 'Mule' to carry heavier scoring load

Johan Franzen has scored just one goal in his last 18 games. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Franzen has been known for having big playoff series during his career with the Wings, highlighted by his 13 postseason goals during the Wings' Stanley Cup run in 2008, followed by 12 more to spark the Wings' run to the Cup Finals in 2009. More

Henrik Zetterberg skates for 30 minutes at Red Wings practice

Henrik Zetterberg: 'It's basically training camp all over again.' David Guralnick / Detroit News

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was out on the ice Thursday morning during practice. Zetterberg, who had back surgery in late February, was on the ice for 30 minutes, but didn't participate in any contact drills. More

Dale Weise's OT goal stakes Canadiens to early series lead

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39) looks on as the puck bounces out of the net and the Montreal Canadiens' Michael Bournival (49) begins the celebration as the Canadiens score during overtime in a 5-4 victory in Game 1 Wednesday. Dirk Shadd / MCT

Weise scored 18:08 into overtime and Carey Price stopped nine shots in the extra period, giving the Canadiens a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday. More

Seven things to watch in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews scored 28 goals and finished with 68 points in the regular season. Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto / Getty Images

At least two West teams that earned at least 100 points are sure to be gone after the first round because they're playing teams that also had 100 points or more — the Blues (111 points) play the Blackhawks (107) and the Sharks (111) take on the Kings (100). More

Henrik Zetterberg will skate Tuesday but isn't ready to play

Henrik Zetterberg played in 45 regular-season games, with 16 goals and 32 assists. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Henrik Zetterberg isn't ready to play, but he is ready to skate a little. Zetterberg will take part at the beginning of the Red Wings' practice Tuesday, but he won't skate hard, and not for very long. More

NBC analysts Pierre McGuire, Ed Olczyk respect Red Wings

'If Mike Babcock, who I personally believe is the most creative coach in the league right now, can get creative, he can cause the Bruins some problems,' NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

'Detroit can cause some problems.' That's the prevailing opinion of NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, who during a teleconference Monday with alanyst Ed Olczyk, talked about the first-round series that begins Friday in Boston. More

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