Todd Bertuzzi to make series debut Thursday for Red Wings

Marc Weinreich
Thursday April 24th, 2014

Tood Bertuzzi has nine goals and 16 points in 59 games this year. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images) Tood Bertuzzi has nine goals and 16 points in 59 games this year. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Todd Bertuzzi will make his series debut for the Red Wings on Thursday as Detroit looks to even its series against Boston 2-2 at home against the Bruins, according to a tweet from The Windsor Star sports columnist Bob Duff.

The move to activate Bertuzzi, who hasn’t scored a point in his previous 11 playoff appearances, means head coach Mike Babcock will sit Tomas Jurco, who has yet to record a point through the first three games of the series against Boston.

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The Red Wings have struggled so far against Boston, particularly offensively: Detroit has scored just two goals total in the series and has started the series 0-9 on the power play. The veteran Bertuzzi, 39, will join a front line featuring a 23-year-old Tomas Tatar and a 22-year-old Riley Sheahan.

Detroit may receive another boost in the form of 33-year-old captain Henrik Zetterberg, who will also get the start in Game 4 vs. the Bruins according to a report on Thursday from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. ESPN's Craig Custance, however, reported that Zetterberg is a game-time decision.

Detroit's captain has missed the last 30 games, including the postseason, and all but one game in the Olympics because of a back injury.

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