Red Wings Updates
#RedWings Blashill said Vanek likely to be in tonight. Hearing Ericsson likely Saturday.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) November 21, 2018
#RedWings Howard in starter’s net for optional morning skate, hosting #NHLBruins tonight at 7:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/GW3K9fTkAy— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) November 21, 2018
#NHLBruins morning rushes:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 21, 2018
Bjork - Krejci - Pastrnak
Marchand - Nordstrom - DeBrusk
Heinen - JFK - Acciari
Wagner - Kuraly - Backes
Grzelcyk - Miller
Krug - Clifton
Lauzon - Kampfer
Per Bruce Cassidy, Kevan Miller is likely to return tonight but remains a game-time decision.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 21, 2018
Jakub Zboril will take warmups in case Miller can’t go. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/DRpay5k741
Three Keys to the Game
First of all, this Pastrnak guy is pretty darn good. He might be the best right wing in the game right now. He has 17 goals and 25 points in 20 games, and he can make you hurt in a number of ways. He has soft hands in front of the net, he’s got a great wrister, he can deflect pucks, and he has a knack for finding the quiet areas of the ice. The Wings are going to have to work hard to take away his space, because he’s good at finding vacant places to camp.
And then there’s the Bruins blue liners. They’re pretty green, despite all the black and yellow. Detroit will do well if they can drive the net, get some odd man breaks, and cut across the ice to generate missed assignments. A lot of this will be on Larkin’s line and its speed, but Athanasiou and Bertuzzi, should they play together, obviously have some wheels on them as well.
But the Wings can’t keep fighting back from the brink. Overcoming 2-goal deficits isn’t a sustainable way to win, so the Wings ought to get out fast and put one in the back of the net, preferably in the first ten minutes. The Wings should be well-rested and the Bruins, like most teams at the same point as the B’s in their development cycle, aren’t the fleetest of foot. Not to say that they’re slow, but the Red Wings can make just about any team look slow, so full throttle.