The Boston Bruins play the Detroit Redwings tonight in "The Joe" in Detroit on NBCSports Channel. It's Wednesday night rivalry game. Last week the Redwings dumped the Bruins in Detroit to start their season and effectively shut us down and rocked Patrice Bergeron to deflate the team in the second period. The difference tonight will be the Bruins adding Simon Gagne to the fourth line and Seth Griffith and David Krejci to the first line. Somehow, I'm not going to be surprised if the same result, a Bruins loss ensues. Since they last played, the Bruins have managed to score one goal on a power play and allowed six of which two were on the power play. My guess is that by adding David Krejci the final score will be Detroit 4, Bruins 2.
I need to see the Bruins ice the most talented group of players tonight and in the spots where they can be most effective. We won't see that. On the other hand I expect a better, hungrier Detroit squad that has been looking forward to the opportunity to get some revenge and make it hurt for the team that bested them in last years playoffs and is now a not as complete a team. The Bruins have one ace in the hole, Tuukka Rask that has had a five day break and should be well rested. He could steal the game and the Bruins would be able to sigh a breath of release if he does. That's not a good game plan!
Keys to the Game: Faceoffs, especially winning them in our defensive end. Scoring on the power play, the first squad needs to crank it up. Staying out of the penalty box, difficult when the opposing team has faster players sprinkled throughout their lineup.
Concerns: The Redwings have a fine power play and create lots of movement on it. The have speed that can kill in close to our net. They have an accountable group of forwards that can and do play well in all three zones.
Special Interest: Do the Bruins believe they got better by signing Simon Gagne? I think they just got poorer and have cramped their ability to make moves later that help the team. When Greg Campbell is healthy enough to return to the team, the Bruins may have to make another big roster move to dump salary again.
Until Next Time!