May 4, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) moves the puck while Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen (55) attempts to steal in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings Need Young Guns To Fire


In order for the Detroit Red Wings to beat the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs their young guns are going to have to be locked and loaded.

The Wings front office invest heavily in the their rebuilding strategy this season. Uncharacteristically.Ken Holland did not make any moves at the trade deadline sticking with the Red Wings youth movement:

“There were a couple of players we had some interest in. We didn’t get it done,” Holland said. “From a depth standpoint, we have young kids that have played. We’re going to go with the kids.”

Clearly Holland was focusing on the getting younger all along.  Now that they are in the playoffs, Ken Hollands faith in his young players have paid off twice in the form of two overtime goals.  In Game 2, Gustav Nyquist banged one home in overtime to even the series.  Game 4 Damien Brunner iced it for the Wings in OT with help from a Nyquist assist.

The Younger players have also gotten nervous at time making bad passes, turning over the puck and doing what Ken Holland referred to as puckering up.

Here is the remaining round 1 playoff schedule:

MAY 8 GAME 5 DETROIT IN ANAHEIM AT 10:00 PM ET FSD & FSPLUS
MAY 10 GAME 6 (HOME GAME 3) ANAHEIM IN DETROIT AT  8:00 PM ET FSD
MAY 12 GAME 7 DETROIT IN ANAHEIM AT TBD FSD

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs each game is bigger than the last. If the Wings are able to win and recaptured momentum they can close the series out in games with a win in Detroit.  So will the Red Wings young guns misfire on the road in Game 5?  Find out tonight at 10:oopm on Fox Sports Detroit for Fox Sports Detroit Plus.

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