October 5, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Red Wings

 

By Jesse Connolly

Photos: Sharon Bradley/New England Hockey Journal

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

1-0-0 (2 pts) 3rd in Atlantic
4th in East
3.00 (12th) 1.00 (3rd) 0.0% (23rd) 100% (6th)
2-0-0 (2 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.50 (17th) 1.50 (8th) 0.0% (17th) 90.0% (16th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

SHOTS

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Bergeron, two others (1) Krejci (1) Four tied (1) Seven tied (+1) Shawn Thornton (7) Lucic, Hamilton (3) Tuukka Rask (1) Tuukka Rask (1.00) Tuukka Rask (.970)
Zetterberg, three others (1) Kronwall, Franzen (2) Zetterberg, two others (2) Niklas Kronwall (+5) Zetterberg, Ericsson (4) Henrik Zetterberg (14) Jimmy Howard (2) Jimmy Howard (1.48) Jimmy Howard (.933)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 5, 2013: Detroit @ Boston

Oct. 14, 2013: Detroit @ Boston

Nov. 27, 2013: Boston @ Detroit

Apr. 2, 2014: Boston @ Detroit

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson
Caron - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid 

 
Tuukka Rask
C. Soderberg (ankle)

 Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
Franzen - Weiss - Alfredsson 
Cleary - Andersson - Bertuzzi
Miller - Emmerton - Samuelsson

Kronwall-Ericsson
DeKeyser - Kindl
Quincey - Smith 

 
Jimmy Howard
P. Eaves (MCL)
J. Gustavsson (groin)
D. Helm (back)
J. Tootoo (shoulder)


NEWS & NOTES

* Carl Soderberg remains out for the Bruins. The Swedish winger is nursing an ankle injury and did not participate in morning skate.

* B's forward Reilly Smith will be squaring off against his brother, Brendan Smith, tonight. Brendan, a defenseman, won two of their three matchups last season when Reilly was in Dallas.

* Detroit is coming off a win in Carolina last night. Their game against the Bruins is their third tilt in four nights. Tough way to start the season.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

OBSCURE STATS


Patrice Bergeron (1 pt, 59.3 FO% last 1 GP)

Chris Kelly (1 pt, 70.6 FO% last 1 GP) 

Greg Campbell (0 pts, minus-1 last 1 GP)

Shawn Thornton (0 pts, minus-1 last 1 GP)

* Brad Marchand and David Krejci led Boston with five game-winners each last season.

* Dennis Seidenberg led the club with 115 blocked shots in 46 games.

Henrik Zetterberg (2 pts, plus-3 last 2 GP)

Niklas Kronwall (2 pts, plus-5 last 2 GP) 

Todd Bertuzzi (0 pts, minus-2 last 2 GP)

Dan Cleary (0 pts, minus-2 last 2 GP)

* Pavel Datsyuk buried six game-winners to lead Detroit last season.

* Niklas Kronwall led the Wings with 83 blocked shots in 48 games last year.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* After spending the preseason as a punching bag for fans tired of his infinite squandered chances to stick in the NHL, Jordan Caron was impressive in Boston's season-opening, 3-1 victory over the Lightning. The third-line winger had a goal unjustifiably waived off and was robbed on another attempt. Let's see if he can carry some momentum over into this one.

* Boston's PP looked pretty lackluster in its three opportunities on Thursday night against the not-so-defensively-fantastic Lightning. Detroit's a lot better in their own end, but that doesn't change the fact that the Bruins don't want to get in a power-play funk early on in the season. Some better passing and more decisiveness when it comes to firing shots from the point will certainly help, as those seemed to be the weak points of the team's man advantage against the Bolts.

* It might've only been a preseason game with a mixed roster, but the Bruins sure better hope the Wings don't have the kind of night they did last time they were here. Detroit lit up Malcolm Subban, scoring eight times. The good news is Subban's not in goal for Boston. The bad news is tonight's starters have polar opposite track records against the opposition. Tuukka Rask owns a 4.00 goals-against average in two starts against the Wings, while Jimmy Howard is 3-0 lifetime with a 1.62 against Boston. The Wings might be a little tired by night's end, given their busy schedule thus far, but if Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are allowed to work their magic early on, the Bruins will have a tough hill to climb.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com