Defenseman Xavier Ouellet will make his NHL playoff debut today for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (3 p.m., NBC).

Coach Mike Babcock said before the game that Ouellet will replace Jakub Kindl.

Daniel Aldredsson is back in the lineup after missing two games due to lower-back pain. He replaces Todd Bertuzzi.

Jimmy Howard, a late scratch in Game 4 due to the flu, will be able to back-up Jonas Gustavsson in net. The team called up Jake Paterson from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday just in case Howard wasn't able to dress.

Ouellet is more of a stay-at-home defenseman, but he moves the puck well. He has appeared in four games this season (no points, even plus-minus rating).

"I just like that he's a good player and we needed a change on the back, so to be honest with you we haven’t spent enough time watching him play and knowing," Babcock said. "He’s been better when he’s played with us than he has been in the American League.

"He’s a real smart player, he’s played well when he’s been up, we like him. So, we’re making the change because we felt we needed to make the change.”