Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1: Detroit Red Wings (0-0) vs. Boston Bruins (0-0)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will kick-off their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup on Friday night at TD Garden. The Detroit Red Wings will be in town for the first game of a best of seven series. These Original Six foes duked it out once this season at the Garden. Boston defeated Detroit 4-1 in the tilt. The Bruins will look to utilize their home-ice advantage in gaining the upper-hand early on.
Boston had tremendous success on home-ice during the regular season. They went 31-7-3 in front of the hometown faithful.
Detroit is an above average team on the road in comparison to the rest of the NHL, going 21-15-5 away from Joe Louis Arena. They finished 24 points behind Boston in the standings, but did beat them three times in four tries.
Having gone nearly untouchable down the stretch, the Bruins begin this quarterfinal series as heavy favorites. History tells us that does not matter. Boston was forced to a seventh game in their opening playoff series in both of the two years prior.
Boston is a veteran led team. Jarome Iginla will get his first taste of playoff hockey as a member of the black-and-gold in this contest. The 36-year-old is still chasing the elusive piece of hardware that everyone so dearly covets. He’ll look to continue upon a strong regular season during the Bruins’ Cup push.
Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and company understand that nothing is a given in the playoffs. Winning the President’s trophy is a great accomplishment, but the Bruins have their sights set on one thing only. Claude Julien has made sure everyone on the club understands greatness is earned.
”So, again, nothing is guaranteed in the playoffs. You’ve got to work for your goals. Just because you got them during the season doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to get them automatically in the playoffs,” said Julien after Thursday’s practice.
Julien has not ruled out Kelly or Paille.
Bruins projected lines: