The Boston Bruins will square-off with the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins locked up the Presidents’ Trophy with their victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. They’ll have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Detroit will be the first team to battle the NHL’s top seed.
Because the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers on Saturday, Detroit had to settle for the second Eastern Conference wild card spot. Columbus locked up the first.
The Bruins and Red Wings faced one another four times in the regular season. Boston had their fair share of struggles opposite Detroit. They lost three out of the four regular season meetings. Granted the playoffs are an entire different animal, Detroit’s recent success against Boston is worth noting.
Boston lone victory over Detroit came on Oct. 5. They won 4-1. Detroit went on to win the final three meetings.
Pavel Datsyuk is back and playing for the Red Wings. He, along with Patrice Bergeron, is an elite two-way player in the NHL. Datsyuk will be another weapon to pay close attention to, along with the bevy of young talent Detroit rolls out on their forward lines.
Detroit will be without Henrik Zetterberg. He suffered a season-ending injury during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The series will get underway on Thursday, Apr. 17. The opening two games of the series will be played at TD Garden. This original six matchup promises to be great.