Game 1 Morning Skate: Red Wings at Bruins

Don't be so dramatic, Justin. This is just my sexy pose. - Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1

7:30p ET, TD Bank Garden

Boston, MA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, TSN, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup Of Chowder

And so, it finally begins. The Wings play the first playoff game of the season for their 23rd straight season. Tonight the Wings take on the Presidents Trophy winners in the first game of a race to 4 wins. The Wings are as healthy as they've been in a while and we actually have a legitimate top six, and a very good bottom six. What's happened thus far in the season means very little.

The Wings have beaten the Bruins three out of four times this season so far and they have to prove it wasn't a fluke or luck. Brendan Smith is going to have to be at his best, Franzen needs to put on his lucky playoff undies, and Mike Babcock is going to continue to put his unparalleled coaching skills on display.

If the Wings can win game 1 in Boston, that's will be huge, not only because of the obvious win, but in terms of confidence for the team. On top of being one of the deepest teams in the league, Boson only lost 10 home games this season. It is encouraging however that the Wing won more road games than home games this season, going 21-15-5 on the road and 18-13-10 at home.

Go into Boston tonight and take this game.

The Expected Wings Lineup

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Johan Franzen Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Jurco Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller David Legwand Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Note: Babcock was switching between the above forward lines, and Franzen - Datsyuk - Abdelkader Nyquist - Sheahan - Tatar Jurco - Helm - Alfredsson Miller - Legwand - Glendening.

Scratches: Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (dickfingers)

The Expected Bruins Lineup

Forwards

Milan Lucic David Krejci Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille Gregory Campbell Shawn Thornton

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Johnny Boychuk Matt Bartkowski
Torey Krug Kevan Miller

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask (starting)
Chad Johnsonn

Scratches: Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter, Adam McQuaid


RED WINGS THE MATCH-UP BRUINS
39-28-115(93 pts; 2nd in WC race) Record 54-19-9 (117 pts; 1st in NHL)
2.65 (16th in NHL) Goals Per Game 3.15 (13rd in NHL)
2.70 (16th) Goals Against Per Game 2.08 (2nd)
17.7% (18th) Power Play % 21.7% (3rd)
83.0% (12th) Penalty Kill % 83.6% (8th)
Gustav Nyquist (28 goals) Goal Leader Jarome Iginla (30 goals)
Kronwall & Alfredsson (49 points) Points Leader David Krejci (69)


Top Head-To-Head Performers

  • Loui Eriksson has 13 goals and 23 points in 30 games against the Wings
  • Jarome Iginla has 22 goals and 56 points in 65 games against the Wings
  • Patrice Bergeron (12 games), Zdeno Chara (22games), David Krejci (10 games), and Milan Lucic (9 games) all have 5 points against the Wings.
  • Daniel Alfredsson has 26 goals and 70 points in 89 career games against the Bruins.
  • Pavel Datsyuk has 3 goals and 11 goals in 13 games against the Bruins
  • David Legwand has 5 goals and 10 points in 17 games against the Bruins.


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 252-235-95-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Bruins.


  • Last 10 games: Boston 5-2-3. Wings 6-3-1

  • Rask is 1-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA and .868 SV% in 6 career games against the Wings

  • Howard is 4-1-0 with a 2.17 GAA and .934 SV% in 5 career games against the Bruins

Prediction: Jimmy Howard facewashes someone.

Let's Go Red Wings!!!
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