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.

Red Wings Rebound for 2-1 Win over Bruins in Opener

The Boston Bruins scored on their first shot Thursday night but Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard shut the door the rest of the way and the Red Wings rallied for a 2-1 victory in their season opener.

Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored second period goals to provide Detroit’s offense.

Patrice Bergeron opened the game’s scoring with 7:59 remaining in the first period, capitalizing on a turnover by Jonathan Ericsson in the Detroit zone. Bergeron blocked Ericsson’s outlet attempt at the blue line, then cut to the top of the right faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Howard.

At 3:52 of the second period, a goal eventually credited to Justin Abdelkader got the Red Wings on the board. Danny DeKeyser‘s shot from the point careened through traffic, first being deflected by Johan Franzen and then bouncing off Abdelkader before getting past Boston netminder Tuukka Rask to tie things up.

With 5:14 left in the period, Gustav Nyquist was left all alone in close to take a pass from Darren Helm and whip a shot past Rask.

Howard made sure the one goal lead was enough, stopping the final 16 shots he faced.

Rask finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots.

Nyquist’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had four tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Anaheim Ducks.


Detroit forward Andrej Nestrasil made his NHL debut… Forwards Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss and defenseman Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Detroit was without forward Pavel Datsyuk due to injury.

Red Wings Eliminated in 4-2 Loss to Bruins

Much like in the previous week of games, the Detroit Red Wings had no answer to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, leading to a 4-2 loss in Game Five of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup.

It was the fourth-straight loss for the Red Wings, who were eliminated from the playoffs after only managing to win Game One in Boston.

Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, making his second consecutive start in place of the flu-ridden Jimmy Howard, made 29 saves on 32 shots in the losing effort for Detroit.

The Bruins opened the game’s scoring just 3:27. On a power play, Dougie Hamilton carried the puck down the right wing and threw a pass from the corner into the slot. The puck bounced off Darren Helm and right to Loui Eriksson, who cut to the right faceoff circle and backhanded a chance under Gustavsson’s glove.

Pavel Datsyuk tied things up at 5:19 left in the second period. With Detroit on a power play of their own, Henrik Zetterberg fired a long shot that was knocked down by Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. Johan Franzen was on the doorstep to sweep the puck to Datsyuk, who was driving in from the left wing to snap a shot into the back of the net.

Boston captain Zdeno Chara put the Bruins back out in front with just four seconds left in the period, blasting a shot from the top of the right circle past Gustavsson on another power play.

Milan Lucic made it 3-1 at 4:27 of the third. Torey Krug picked off an attempted outlet pass by Franzen at the Detroit blue line and carried it down low on the left wing before sending it to the front of the net where Lucic was wide open to knock a shot past Gustavsson.

Zetterberg would give the Red Wings hope with 3:52 remaining, fighting off Chara and getting to a loose puck at the bottom of the left faceoff circle, then lifting a no-angle shot into the far corner past Rask to make it 3-2.

With 16 seconds left, Jarome Iginla would close things out with an empty net goal.

Rask finished the night with 31 saves on 33 shots.

The Red Wings scored on one of their seven power play tries while Boston scored with the man advantage on two of six attempts.


Defenseman Xavier Ouellet made his NHL playoff debut, replacing Jakub Kindl in the Detroit lineup… Goaltender Jake Paterson was a healthy scratch as Howard was well enough to back up Gustavsson… Daniel Alfredsson returned after missing two games with a back injury, replacing Todd Bertuzzi.

Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to Game One Win

Pavel Datsyuk scored the game’s only goal in the closing minutes of the third period on Friday night and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins in the opening game of their Atlantic Division Semifinal matchup.

Datsyuk’s highlight-reel goal with 3:01 remaining in regulation broke a scoreless tie. At the Detroit blue line, Datsyuk reached behind himself with one hand on his stick to collect a pass from Johan Franzen, knocking it up between his own legs as he broke through the neutral zone. Gaining the Boston end, he cut to his left, using the Bruins defenders for a screen before snapping a heavy shot past Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins would pull Rask for an extra attacker in the final minute but could not pull even.

The shutout was the third of Howard’s playoff career and came in his first-ever Game One road win.

Rask made 23 saves on 24 shots in taking the loss.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two chances with the man-advantage to the Bruins’ one.

The teams will meet on Sunday afternoon in Boston for Game Two of the series.


Boston forward Milan Lucic speared Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser between the legs at the end of the first period. He was not penalized for the play.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Bruins – Game 1 – 4/18

Every other series has already kicked off and today it’s finally time for the Red Wings to begin their first round matchup with the Bruins.

When I did my first round predictions I deliberately left off this series and I’m not going to change that here.

Jimmy Howard can steal this series. Tuukka Rask can shut the Red Wings down. The Wings have solved the Bruins more often than the Bruins have solved them this season. Boston was the league’s best team in the regular season, though, so there’s no reason to think they can’t turn it around.

Time to get these games going and see how things go.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD and NBCSN.

As Tweeted earlier this week, Detroit is 80-56 all-time in Friday playoff games. That drops to 15-11 when it’s Game One of a series and all the way down to 3-8 when it’s a road game.

Postgame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 4/2

I’ve said a lot of this via Twitter already but I’m going to collect my postgame thoughts here.

Detroit got outplayed for roughly 50 minutes tonight, but pulled it together in the last ten to rally from down 2-1 for a 3-2 win. After skating in circles in their own end for much of the night, as soon as they got the lead they suddenly were stronger on the boards and clogged up the middle better. You shouldn’t be able to win with a ten minute effort. Tonight they did.

They got some help early, though, as the Bruins had an apparent goal waived off for goalie interference where there was none. We’ve seen that enough as Red Wings fans that you had to figure one would eventually go in their favor, but that doesn’t make it the right call.

Gustav Nyquist… What more can be said about this kid. Scores the game-winner, blowing past Zdeno Chara and then snapping a shot past Tuukka Rask. That’s his six GWG in 51 games this season. He’ll play at most 57 games, meaning he’ll finish the year having scored the game-winner in over 10% of his games played.

Not only did Nyquist remain on fire, so did the Kid Line, as Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco scored Detroit’s first two goals. Tatar actually did most of the work on Jurco’s, breaking free of a headlock to kick the puck over to Jurco to knock past Rask.

Not to be lost in celebrating the kids, Jimmy Howard stood on his head tonight, stopping 33 of 35 shots. This win doesn’t happen without him keeping the team in in.

With the win, the Red Wings now have a three point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card playoff spot, with Columbus having a game in hand. Toronto is four back and Washington five with Detroit having a game in hand on the Leafs. Graham from Winging it in Motown says the Wings are projected to need seven more points to clinch a playoff spot. There are two games against last-place Buffalo and one against out-of-the-playoffs Carolina that should yield six points. That means three games to find one more point.

Postgame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 11/27

Delayed postgame thoughts…

Obviously the Bruins weren’t on last night. A certain amount of Detroit’s dominance can be attributed to that and some lucky bounces. Hardly all of it, though, as the Red Wings were clearly clicking and did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunities given to them.

As I said repeatedly, I can’t believe Boston left Tuukka Rask in for all six goals. That makes no sense to me.

My favorite goal of the night was Gustav Nyquist to Henrik Zetterberg just because that was a play that Nyquist could have easily quit on after missing the open net. He didn’t, he helped keep the play going and got the puck to Z for the goal that should have come earlier.

Darren Helm between Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Alfredsson looks like a legitimate second line. How weird is that?

I’ll be shocked if Mikael Samuelsson isn’t waived before Danny DeKeyser returns from injury. He’s got a no-trade clause but not a no-move clause. Sending him to Grand Rapids wouldn’t save the Red Wings any cap space. If a team were to claim him it’d be a huge help to the Wings. For that same reason, a team probably wouldn’t claim him, but it’s worth a shot at this point.

Similarly, it looks a lot like the Wings recognize bringing Daniel Cleary back was a mistake. He’s been buried on the fourth line with Samuelsson and could be on the chopping block when DeKeyser returns.

After his awful year last year, I never thought I’d be saying this: I wouldn’t mind seeing Jonas Gustavsson brought back next year. Buy Petr Mrazek more time in GR. What a great turnaround he’s had.

Gustavsson Leads Red Wings to 3-2 Win over Bruins

Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made his first appearance of the season for the Red Wings on Monday, leading Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a surprise start in the matinee matchup.

Jimmy Howard was scheduled to get the nod in the Detroit crease but the bruised hand he suffered in Saturday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers was aggravated during pre-game warmups, leaving Gustavsson to take over and stop 28 of the 30 shots he faced.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring with 8:27 remaining in the first period. Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck in the neutral zone and broke into the Boston end, skating around Zdeno Chara before backhanding a cross-crease pass through two Bruins to Zetterberg, who hesitated just long enough to catch goalie Tuukka Rask going down before wristing a low-angle shot into the back of the net.

Loui Eriksson tied things up 2:39 later when Johnny Boychuk‘s shot from the right wing boards deflected off of his leg and past Gustavsson.

The Red Wings regained the lead at 8:21 of the second period on a goal by Stephen Weiss. Johan Franzen raced into the Bruins’ zone down the left wing and controlled the puck, feeding Weiss on the right side of the slot for a quick wrister past Rask.

Just 2:20 later it was 3-1 when Daniel Alfredsson fed Daniel Cleary with a pass from behind the net to the front of the goal, where Cleary snapped a chance by Rask.

Milan Lucic made it close, scoring with 1:20 remaining in regulation and Rask on the bench for an extra attacker. The Bruins would be unable to even things up, however.

Boston was held scoreless on five power plays. Detroit did not have a chance with the man-advantage.

Rask faced 24 shots and made 27 saves.

Red Wings Dropped by Bruins in Season’s First Loss

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t get anything going against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins on Saturday night, dropping a 4-1 decision in their first loss of the 2013-14 regular season.

Team captain Henrik Zetterberg scored Detroit’s only goal of the game as the Bruins stifled their offense and – at times – turned their defense inside out.

Livonia-native and former Michigan State Spartan Torey Krug opened the game’s scoring for Boston at 9:11 of the first period. Just 15 seconds into a power play, Krug was left uncovered in the high slot to take a pass from Milan Lucic and blast a shot through a screen by Zdeno Chara and past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Zetterberg would tie things up with 3:11 left in the period. After Pavel Datsyuk gained the puck in the neutral zone, Justin Abdelkader drove to the net with it, putting a shot on Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask. Abdelkader whiffed on his own rebound but Zetterberg got to it and snapped a shot past Rask to make it 1-1.

Brad Marchand would put the Bruins back in front only 36 seconds into the middle frame. Racing down the right wing, Marchand snapped a shot off the far post past Howard and into the net.

At 7:58 of the period Jordan Caron made it 3-1. After a series of giveaways by the Detroit defenders, Adam McQuaid worked the puck down to Reilly Smith in the slot, who passed it off to Caron in the left circle for a wrister past Howard.

Chara rounded out the scoring with 7:43 remaining in the third period, sneaking in behind defenseman Brendan Smith in the slot to take a feed from Krug and put a backhander past Howard to put the score at 4-1.

The Bruins scored twice on four power plays. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker on the night.

Howard finished the night with 33 saves on 37 shots. Rask stopped 25 of 26 Detroit chances.

Having completed three games in four nights to start the season, the Red Wings are now off until next Thursday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.


After sitting for the first two games as a healthy scratch, Tomas Tatar swapped in for Mikael Samuelsson on the Red Wings’ fourth line.

Red Wings End Bruins’ Streak in Shootout

Todd Bertuzzi scored on the final shot of the shootout Friday afternoon, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the NHL’s inaugural Thanksgiving Showdown.

Detroit’s victory ended a ten-game Boston winning streak.

Bertuzzi beat Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask on Detroit’s third shootout shot, swinging out to his right before backing in towards Rask and flipping ther puck past him.

Pavel Datsuyk also scored in the tiebreaker, while Nathan Horton beat Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

The Bruins controlled play for much of the game but it was the Red Wings who scored first. With 7:17 remaining in the opening period, Valtteri Filppula carried the puck into the Boston zone and passed it off to Henrik Zetterberg, who sent it back to Filppula for a tip from the top of the crease past Rask.

Boston’s Daniel Paille tied things up at 4:05 of the second. Attempting to clear the puck from behind his net, Howard sent a pass along the boards right onto the stick of a forechecking Horton. Horton put it out to Paille, who was able to backhand a shot into the net as Howard dove to get back into position.

Datsyuk restored the Red Wings’ lead just 35 seconds later. Bertuzzi sent a pass from the right wing boards between defenseman Zdeno Chara‘s legs to Datsyuk in the right faceoff circle. As he cut to the goal alone, Datsyuk kicked the puck from his skate to his stick and batted it past Rask.

Patrice Bergeron tied the game back up at 7:52 of the third period. Zetterberg bobbled a pass in the left faceoff circle of his own end and Bergeron picked up the loose puck before driving a shot past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 41 saves on 43 Boston chances. Rask stopped 29 of Detroit’s 31 shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Wings had three tries with the extra attacker while the Bruins had two.

The win temporarily put the Red Wings in first place in the Central Division, a spot they relenquished when the Chicago Blackhawks won later in the day.


Patrick Eaves, Fabian Brunnstrom and Mike Commodore were the healthy scratches for Detroit. Brunnstrom did not make the trip to Boston as the team allowed him to stay home with his wife, who is expecting their first child.