Game #76: Boston Bruins (52-17-6) vs. Detroit Red Wings
Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
Time: 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will conclude their season series with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena. These two teams have not met since Nov. 27, a game in which the Red Wings stomped the Bruins, 6-1. Having already lost two games to the Red Wings this season, the Bruins will be looking to even things up in this fourth and final Atlantic Division showdown.
Boston’s lone victory over Detriot came in the opening week of the season on Oct. 5. They won that meeting 4-1.
The Red Wings, who have amassed 84 points thus far this season, are holding on dearly to playoff life. They currently hold ownership of the Eastern Conference’s first wild card spot. A slew of playoff hopefuls are hot on their heels as the season nears an end.
The Bruins on the other hand possess the NHL’s top overall spot. They currently have 110 points and are 15-0-1 in their last 16 games. They’re battling toward attaining the President’s Trophy.
Not only are the Bruins riding a three game winning streak, they’ve also gone unbeaten in nine straight road games, which is a franchise record. The Red Wings have won two straight games and they’ll be pushing hard to extend that mark as they have little room for error at this juncture.
Claude Julien sat out several of his top guns from Tuesday’s practice, including Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla. The Bruins also recalled Ryan Spooner from Providence. Playing in what will be the first half of a back-to-back, Julien will likely give some of his key players a blow on Wednesday night.
If Bergeron does skate, he’ll put his seven-game goal scoring streak on the line. Bergeron was also named one of the NHL’s three stars of the week on Monday.
Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist will look power his club past the Bruins. Nyquist has been on quite the run in recent games. He’s scored in and eight of his last nine games.