Todd Bertuzzi to make series debut Thursday for Red Wings

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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