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Michigan homecoming for Bruins' Krug, Florek

by Matt Kalman

DETROIT -- It seems like nearly everyone playing in the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings is either from Michigan or Sweden.

There won't be any games played in Gothenburg in the best-of-7 series, which is tied 1-1, but Game 3 Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, NESN, FS-D) marks a homecoming for two Bruins from the Great Lakes State.

Defenseman Torey Krug, a native of Livonia and Michigan State alum, has played at The Joe in regular season, but will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the building. Forward Justin Florek, who hails from Marquette, hasn't played at The Joe since he was at Northern Michigan University.

"It's going to be exciting," Krug said after the morning skate. "You know you watch a lot of the playoff games growing up and see the octopus thrown on the ice, and as a kid you dream of playing in the playoffs in this building. I probably was thinking I was on the other side. But now I'm excited in the position I'm in, and we can come in and be the bad guys."

Krug should be in his usual spot among the Bruins' top-six defensemen when the puck drops. That group might have one change because Matt Bartkowski took the morning skate and according to coach Claude Julien will be in the warm-up. Bartkowski missed the first two games of the series because of illness.

Florek should be in the lineup because forwards Daniel Paille (head) and Chris Kelly (back) did not take the morning skate and are likely out. Florek has filled in for Kelly on the line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. The rookie scored a goal in the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 2.

"It's going good. I think he's playing really good," Eriksson said. "He's playing with confidence and it's nice to see he scored that goal. Kind of lucky, but he's been doing a good job, and I think we're playing good as a line and we have to keep doing that."

When he was a kid, Florek lived seven hours away from downtown Detroit. But he said he attended several games in the regular season and playoffs while growing up.

"Whenever I made it to a game it was a pretty special trip. We made a weekend out of it and spent the whole weekend here. So it was pretty cool," Florek said. "I've been to a couple playoff games and everything. So just seeing it from the fan perspective and now being able to play, it's going to be pretty special."

Here are the projected lineups:


Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Gustav Nyquist

Joakim Andersson - Darren Helm - Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - David Legwand

Niklas Kronwall - Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Jakub Kindl - Brian Lashoff

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Todd Bertuzzi

Injured: Daniel Alfredsson (upper-body), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Jonathan Ericsson (hand), Daniel Cleary (knee)


Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith

Justin FlorekCarl SoderbergLoui Eriksson

Jordan CaronGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDougie Hamilton

Matt BartkowskiJohnny Boychuk

Torey Krug- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Corey Potter, Andrej Meszaros

Injured: Chris Kelly (back), Daniel Paille (head), Adam McQuaid (quad), Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)

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