Daniel Alfredsson has been dealing with a nagging back injury and won’t play in tonight’s Game 3 for the Detroit Red Wings in their series against the No. 1 seed Boston Bruins.
Alfredsson has logged an average of 15:39 of ice time in the first two games of the series, but the veteran has been a relative non-factor for Mike Babcock’s team.
The longtime Ottawa Senators captain has failed to make an impression in his first postseason with the Red Wings and not only has he yet to record a goal or assist, he has yet to get a shot on goal.
Joakim Andersson replaces his countrymen in the lineup and will be relied on heavily on the penalty kill and in the faceoff circle. IN 14 playoff games last year, Andersson totaled five points, but is making his first playoff appearance this season with Detroit and Boston tied at one game apiece in their best of seven series.
Andersson has eight goals and nine assists this season, but made his biggest contribution on faceoffs where he won 51.4 percent of his draws.
Game 3 is in Detroit with the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m. ET and you can watch it on the NBC Sports Network.