DETROIT – Goalie Jimmy Howard is a late scratch for the Red Wings in tonight’s pivotal Game 4 of their best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series with the Boston Bruins.
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GAA: 2.63 | Sv%: .907
Howard will miss Thursday’s game with the flu, the Red Wings announced.
Backup Jonas Gustavsson, who has played in 141 career regular-season games, is making his Stanley Cup playoff debut tonight.
The 29-year-old Swedish netminder faced the Bruins twice during the regular season, leading the Red Wings to victories in both games – 3-2 at Boston on Oct. 14, and 6-1 at Detroit on Nov. 27.
During the season, Gustavsson posted a 16-5-4 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
The Red Wings trail the first-round series 2-1. Game 5 is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Boston’s TD Garden.