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Babcock not buying idea Red Wings have momentum

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings aren't counting on their 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round playoff series to carry over to Game 4 on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports FS-F, FS-D).

The Red Wings lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

"I've reminded [players] for two straight days now and will remind them again: I don't believe in momentum in playoffs, to be honest with you," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate Thursday. "I think it starts with the drop of the puck here tonight."

Babcock said Detroit has to play even better than it did Tuesday in Game 3.

"When there's a series like this and it's tight, I don't believe that [carryover]," Babcock said. "There's a new game tonight and we got to be better than we were the last game if we're going to have success. They want to be better. We know we have to be better."

Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is responsible for each of the two shutouts the Lightning have suffered this season. He shut them out in Detroit during the regular season, making 23 saves in a 4-0 win on March 28, and made 22 saves Tuesday in Game 3.

Tampa Bay was the NHL's highest scoring team during the regular season.

Here are the projected lineups:


Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov - Valtteri Filppula - Cedric Paquette

Brenden Morrow - Brian Boyle - J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman - Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov - Anton Stralman

Matt Carle - Braydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin

Injured: Jason Garrison (upper body)


Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Tatar

Joakim Andersson - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser - Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith - Marek Zidlicky

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Stephen Weiss, Teemu Pulkkinen, Dan Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Alexey Marchenko

Injured: Erik Cole (spinal contusion), Johan Franzen (concussion)

Status report: Centering the third line in Game 3 proved to be a much better matchup for Sheahan. He scored a goal and had an overall strong game. That came after centering the second line in the first two games and going head-to-head against Steven Stamkos and the Lightning's top line.

Who's hot: Fourth-line center Glendening has two goals in the first three games. His line of Miller on left wing and Ferraro on the right side did an outstanding job in Game 3 on Tampa Bay's dangerous second line of Tyler Johnson between left wing Ondrej Palat and right wing Nikita Kucherov.

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