Red Wings' Daniel Alfredsson to miss Game 3 vs. Bruins

Daniel Alfredsson won't play in Game 3 for the Red Wings. (USATSI)
Daniel Alfredsson won't play in Game 3 for the Red Wings. (USATSI)

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Red Wings veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson won’t play in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. Joakim Andersson will draw into the lineup for the 41-year-old winger.

It sounds like upper-body could be referring to the ailing back Alfredsson has been dealing with throughout the year.

Knowing that, it could explain why Alfredsson has been relatively ineffective through two games in this first-round playoff series. He saw his ice time increase in Game 2 by nearly five minutes, but has yet to register a shot on goal.

Giving Alfredsson a chance to rest his back and try and gear up for what could be a long series may be the best strategy for the Red Wings at this point.

The good news is, they can go to Andersson, who already has some playoff experience under his belt, to take Alfredsson’s spot in the lineup.

Andersson appeared in 65 games this season with Detroit, registering 17 points including eight goals. In 14 postseason contests last year, Andersson registered five points and 19 shots on goal. The 25-year-old Swede offers more size and speed as well.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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