Morning Skate: Bruins at Red Wings

Game 1

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NESN, TVA2

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Bruin Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

It's about damn time.

I'm sick of talking about hockey. I'm sick of complaining about this roster and management's decisions. I'm sick of discussing whether Mike Babcock stays or goes. Enough with all that crap.

I'm ready to watch the Red Wings play a game that matters.

This past summer has been long and, quite frankly, it was damn annoying. Tonight it's about forgetting all that annoying crap and just enjoying the best game on Earth. Whether you're a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person, I think we all know we're in for another roller coaster of a season. Groins and goals, wins and losses, waivers and trades (maybe?) and, of course, more groins are all expected in the next, hopefully, nine months.

The expectations for this team are moderate. We're not expecting the great Red Wings of old. Most people outside this community are expecting much worse. The streak is over! The Wings are done! It all very well could come true. It could FINALLY be the end of a era in Hockeytown. Or this team could sneak up and surprise some folks. Personally, I don't have a freakin' clue what lies ahead… but I'm going to enjoy whatever comes next.

It's game 1 of the marathon known as the NHL season.

Let's poke the damn bear.

The Expected Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Gustav Nyquist Darren Helm Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder)


Opponent Outlook

Key Additions: None

Key Losses: Shawn Thornton

Other Losses: Jarome Iginla & Johnny Boychuk


Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly Carl Soderberg Loui Eriksson
Milan Lucic Ryan Spooner Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille Craig Cunningham Bobby Robins


Zdeno Chara Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug Kevan Miller


Tuukka Rask (starting)
Niklas Svedberg

Scratches: Matt Bartkowski

Injuries: David Krejci (undisclosed), Gregory Campbell (core)

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 252-235-95-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Bruins.
  • Detroit is surprisingly only 5-4-0 in season openers under Mike Babcock.
  • Howard is 4-1-0 with a 2.17 GAA and .934 SV% in 5 career regular season starts against Boston./

Game day Movie Poster (courtesy of Josh Howard)

Let's Go Red Wings.