This will be the third of four meetings between the Red Wings and Bruins. Both teams have split the previous two match-ups as they were both held at TD Garden in Boston.
Boston is red-hot coming into this game while Detroit continues to fall off the map mainly due to injuries. Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, two-thirds of the usual top line, will miss the game with upper-body injuries.
Detroit did pick up a much-needed two points against Buffalo on Sunday but everybody and their mothers are beating Buffalo these days. Despite the injuries the Red Wings aren’t getting much help from goalie Jimmy Howard who signed a six-year contract extension last season. He has not won a game since November 1st against the Calgary Flames. A career high span of seven games. Jonas Gustavsson will start in between the pipes tonight.
The Bruins enter this game off of a big victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins after the Penguins tied the game to force overtime with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
Krug’s seven goals are among the league leaders for defensemen, and he may get some help on the blue line as Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg traveled to Detroit. McQuaid has missed eight games with a lower-body injury, while Seidenberg has been out of action three games for the same reason.
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston’s last 14 games when playing Detroit
Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
Boston has the fewest power play chances in the league with just 2.6 per game.
Boston is the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 1.9 goals per game.
Boston is third in power play goals allowed in the league with 0.4 per game.
Detroit is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
Detroit is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games at home
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit’s last 14 games when playing Boston
Boston Bruins – Tuukka Rask (confirmed)
Detroit Red Wings – Jonas Gustavsson (confirmed)
Boston’s Loui Eriksson snapped a three-game pointless skid with a goal and two assists against the Penguins, and both Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara have scored goals in the past two games.
Daniel Alfredsson returned from a five-game injury absence for Detroit and contributed a goal and assist against Buffalo. Darren Helm scored a goal for the third straight game.
Defensemen Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) are day-to-day for the Bruins.
DeKeyser (upper body) is expected to miss at least a month, Datsyuk is working through concussion protocols and Bertuzzi has an undisclosed upper-body injury that he said isn’t related to the back injury that sidelined him nearly all of last season.
Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction
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