BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Wings will be without their regular-season leading scorer for Tuesday night’s Game 3 against the Boston Bruins.

Daniel Alfredsson, whose 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games tied him for the team lead in points this season, will not play on Tuesday night due to a back injury, according to reports out of Detroit.

Alfredsson, 41, has been hampered by the injury for the past few weeks, but he was able to play in the first two games of the series. He’s decidedly been a non-factor in those games, failing to even register a shot on net in his 29 total minutes on the ice.

Joakim Andersson will skate in Alfredsson’s place for Game 3. Andersson, 25, played in 14 playoff games last year, scoring a goal and registering four assists. He has 11 goals and 14 assists in 108 regular-season NHL games, including 8-9-17 totals in 65 games this year.

The Red Wings are still without their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, who underwent surgery in February and is working toward a return. That return, however, is not expected to come until the second round, should the Red Wings be able to get that far.

The series is tied 1-1, with the Red Wings winning 1-0 in Game 1 and the Bruins winning 4-1 on Easter Sunday.

This is Alfredsson’s first season with the Red Wings after he spent the first 17 years of his career with the Ottawa Senators.



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