With the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, it is now known that the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins will meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Bruins were already locked into the Eastern Conference’s top seed. Columbus’ win means that Detroit can’t move out of the eighth seed, even if the Red Wings defeat the St. Louis Blues in their regular season finale on Sunday.
Detroit went 3-1-0 against the Bruins this season, the only team to earn three regulation wins over the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
The series is expected to start on Thursday, April 17, in Boston. Game Two would be on Saturday, April 19, before the series shifts to Detroit on April 21 and 23.
Detroit is expected to be without captain Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for the series.