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Pregame in Detroit: Bartkowski Taking Warmups, Bruins Want to Carry Momentum from Game 2

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

DETROIT, MI - The Bruins hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday morning for a pregame skate, before facing off against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET (NESN, NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

Daniel Paille did not skate with the team. The Bruins' lineup up front for Game 3 is expected to be the same as Games 1 and 2.

Matt Bartkowski joined the team for pregame skate, and Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he will be taking warmups tonight. Bartkowski didn't play in either of the first two games, as he was still recovering from the flu virus that hit the team hard last week.

With only twelve forwards available, Marquette, Michigan native Justin Florek will continue his role on a line with Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg. The game will mark his first at Joe Louis Arena in the Spoked-B, fresh off scoring his first NHL playoff goal in the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 2 at TD Garden.

"Mom and Dad are here, they're flying back from Boston so they'll get to see this game as well. I heard there were a couple tears shed up in the stands, so it's pretty special to hear that and just know that it's so meaningful to them," Florek said from the visiting team room at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday morning.

"The game of hockey can do that to your parents, make them cry like that and be proud, so it's pretty cool. Hopefully I'll just continue to play that way and make everyone proud."

Jordan Caron continues to slot in on the 'Merlot Line' with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell.

Boston heads into the matchup with the series tied at 1-1. After getting shutout 1-0 in a Game 1 showdown that saw neither team generate many scoring chances offensively, the Bruins were able to get four past Jimmy Howard in the Wings in Game 2, due largely in part to creating space for themselves with their battling and physical presence.

They also won the special teams battle, going 2-for-4 on the power play and staying perfect on the penalty kill.

"I think it’s just trying to play the same way as last game," said blueliner Dougie Hamilton. "I thought our effort was a lot better. Guys were working harder and moving our feet more and being more physical, and I think that kind of helped us get more chances and kind of force them to make mistakes."

"So we’re really going to have to do that again and keep working hard and stay relentless."

It won't get any easier, playing in the Wings' building for the next two games.

"When you win the last game, it seems like the momentum’s on your side," said David Krejci. "But you don’t want to get too high or too low because every game starts from 0-0 and that’s what it is. So, you've just got to make sure you’re ready to play and be better than the game before."

"Tonight is just a game of will," said Julien. "Whoever’s going to have the will to play their game the best -- and that’s all we’ve got to think about."

Boston's Projected Lineup: Game 3

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Justin Florek - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Matt Bartkowski* - Johnny Boychuk

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Starter: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Chad Johnson

*Bartkowski is expected to take warmups. If he's ready to go, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter would likely be the healthy scratches on the back end.

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