Coach Blashill does not anticipate Dylan Larkin to be available tonight in Boston. #DETvsBOS— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 4, 2021
Jeremy Swayman will make the start between the pipes as the #NHLBruins get back at it tonight against the Red Wings. Catch up on all the pregame headlines with the B:60 News Bundle, pres. by @GEICO ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/MHcq1N3NJU— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 4, 2021
Tyler Bertuzzi – Michael Rasmussen - Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri - Pius Suter - Filip Zadina
Vladislav Namestnikov – Joe Veleno - Adam Erne
Givani Smith - Mitchell Stephens - Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy - Moritz Seider
Marc Staal - Gustav Lindstrom
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Craig Smith
Jake DeBrusk - Erik Haula - Curtis Lazar
Trent Frederic - Tomas Nosek - Karson Kuhlman
Derek Forbort - Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly – Connor Clifton
Keys to the Game
As was pointed out in the Morning Skate, Boston has scored the first goal in five of their first seven games, going 4-1 in those five. It is still super early in the season to where it could be just one of those odd things that happen over a short sample size that means nothing. It could also mean Boston has a hard time getting into a game unless they can get off to a strong start. Either way, getting out of the gate early has not been a strength of the Red Wings this season either, so getting the first goal would be a nice change of pace.
Keep the Events Low
As a fan, low event hockey is super boring. As a player, it can be an effective strategy against a team that looks to get a ton of shots on net (Boston is eighth in the league in shots/game with 33.9) and already does a good job of suppressing their opponents shots (Boston is fourth in the league in shots against/game with 28.7). Unlike some of the previous seasons when the Red Wings would bunker and play low event, they have enough talent up front to pot a few goals in only a handful of quality chances and enough defensemen behind them who can get the puck up to them effectively enough to find those handful of chances.
Recharge the Power Play
The Red Wings power play has looked much better this season than it really ever did under Dan Bylsma. Unfortunately it has not resulted in a lot of goals with the man advantage yet as Detroit sits with the eighth worst PP in the league at 14.3%. Boston early on has been “meh” on the penalty kill (81%, 17th in the league) so if the Wings can get a goal or two with the mana advantage it could really put the pressure on a Boston offense that has struggled to find itself beyond Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle early on.