Wings forward Tomas Tatar is ready for his chance to play. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)
Boston — Is forward Tomas Tatar in the lineup tonight against Boston?
Tatar doesn't know. Coach Mike Babcock said he doesn't know yet, although Babcock may have slipped while doing his pre-game press conference.
"He's going to get in tonight," said Babcock, while ending a thought on how young players like Tatar have to wait their turn.
Babcock later said he was still deciding whether to use Tatar, the lone Red Wings forward yet to play in this opening three-game in four-night stretch.
Tatar is staying patient, either way.
"I'm not sure if I'm in or not," said Tatar, who had four goals in 18 games with the Red Wings last season before starring for Grand Rapids during its Calder Cup championship run. "I've been waiting for a chance. Coach said to be ready tonight, he's still thinking about it.
"We'll see. I'm ready to go. If I get in, I'll try to play my best."
There would be no other changes to the Red Wings lineup.
This will be the first of four games between the two teams who generally are considered the top in the Atlantic Division.
Bruins coach Claude Julien believes the Red Wings team defense doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
"They do a really good job of defending where I think sometimes we don’t give that team enough credit," Julien said. "The reason they have the puck a lot is because they defend well. You’ll watch tonight – they always have their players above ours. And very seldom do you get outnumbered situations and you have to be willing to fight for those pucks and you have to be willing to get it by them and go after it again.
"You’re not going to get a run-and-gun type game against that team because they defend so well."