Pregame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 10/15

For the second time in the first three games of the season, the Boston Bruins are back at Joe Louis Arena for a matchup with the Red Wings.

Detroit is coming off a controversial loss to the Anaheim Ducks last Saturday, with Ryan Getzlaf having scored the game winning goal in the closing seconds after hooking Niklas Kronwall to steal the puck from him.

The Bruins are a disappointing 1-3, having lost their last three games after opening the season with a win. They’ll get center David Krejci back from injury tonight, though.

The Red Wings are still without Pavel Datsyuk and will skate with the same lineup they used in their first two games. The big change is that Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader will start the game having swapped spots, a move head coach Mike Babcock has made in-game in the first two games. Nyquist will skate with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen while Abdelkader joins Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for Detroit while Boston will go with Tuukka Rask.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings haven’t beaten an Original Six opponent on October 15 since a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBCSN.

Pregame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 10/9

The Detroit Red Wings open their 2014-15 campaign tonight at home, hosting the Boston Bruins.

Detroit will be without the services of Pavel Datsyuk, who missed most of the preseason and is expected to be out awhile longer with a shoulder injury.

Boston, meanwhile, will be without David Krejci due to injury.

Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss will be the healthy scratches up front for the Red Wings while Brian Lasoff is out on defense. This means Andrej Nestrasil will make his NHL debut, becoming the 890th all-time player for the Red Wings’ franchise.

Stupid stat of the day: Henrik Zetterberg was born on this date in 1980. In his lifetime, the Red Wings are 6-5-2 on his birthday.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Bruins – Game 2 – 4/20

I thought I had said it in the pregame post but I went into this game expecting a Detroit loss. It would have been absolutely shocking (in a good way) to see the Bruins drop the opening pair of games at home. And if you’d told me on Friday afternoon that it would be 1-1 going to Detroit, I’d have taken it.

If Friday’s win showed how the Red Wings could win this series, today’s loss showed why so many people said Boston would win it. Detroit couldn’t get anything going offensively, their lack of depth on D bit them in the ass (Brian Lashoff), and they spent too much time trying to play Boston’s game (Brendan Smith kind of trying to fight Zdeno Chara, who didn’t look like he really wanted to fight either).

Boston was physical and controlled play and this time Jimmy Howard couldn’t bail his team out. In fact, the Bruins’ first goal falls largely on his awful pass attempt.

There were calls (and non-calls) I really didn’t like but I don’t think that’s what cost Detroit the game. I think the refs letting more things slide benefits the more physical team but I don’t think Detroit played well enough for that to really be the difference. I will say I really hated the roughing call on Kyle Quincey since David Krejci had his glove in Quincey’s face as much as Quincey had his in Krejci’s. That directly led to Boston’s fourth goal, but I already called out Lashoff on that one.

Detroit has plenty of time to turn it around. No one expected them to sweep and I actually think a longer series benefits them as they should get Henrik Zetterberg back.

Red Wings’ Goal-Scoring Back on Track in 6-1 Rout of Bruins

The Detroit Red Wings scored more goals on Friday night than they had in their previous four games combined, ending a goal drought with a 6-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Detroit had been shutout twice in the four games leading up to Friday’s win, with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators giving them only four goals combined over that stretch.

Todd Bertuzzi led the Red Wings with a pair of goals, including the one that opened the game’s scoring just 1:10 into the first. He moved up the right wing on a two-on-one with Brian Rafalski and blasted the puck from the top of the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Boston netminder Tuukka Rask.

Exactly two minutes later, Danny Cleary made it 2-0 when he drove to the net and took a feed from Jiri Hudler, banging it past Rask.

David Krejci cut the lead in half with a power play goal with 2:07 remaining in the first. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard got tangled up with Milan Lucic at the side of the net and Lucic got the puck to Krejci to bang into the open goal.

Hudler restored the two-goal lead at 1:09 of the second, going to one knee to roof a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle past Rask on a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

Zetterberg added a goal of his own with 3:46 remaining in the period, coming from the side of the net to backhand a shot over Rask on a Detroit power play.

Bertuzzi’s second of the night made it 5-1 just 24 seconds later when he got to a loose puck behind the net and banked it in off of Rask.

Tomas Holmstrom wrapped up the game’s scoring, beating Tim Thomas from the top of the crease off a feed from Hudler with 6:09 left in the game and the Red Wings on a five-on-three. Thomas had replaced Rask to start the third period.

The Red Wings scored twice on six power play chances on the night while the Bruins’ lone goal came on one of their three tries with the extra attacker.

Howard finished the night with 25 saves on 26 shots. Rask made 14 saves on 19 shots and Thomas stopped 14 of the 15 chances he faced.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Detroit for the back end of the home-and-home series.

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