Matchup: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings
Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FSD; National- NBC Sports Network
The Detroit Red Wings were able to draw first blood in this series by stealing game one by a score of 1-0. Boston came out determined in game two and dominated the Red Wings from the beginning to even the series at one game a piece. The series now shifts to Detroit with the Red Wings owning home ice advantage for the rest of this series. All the Red Wings need to do at this point is win their three home games and they will pull the upset and move on to the second round. That is much easier said than done though as Boston showed in game two why they were the best in the NHL in the regular season.
The Red Wings will need to come out and play their game early tonight in order to win. It is important for the Red Wings to score first to set the pace in the game and be able to play their style of hockey. It is also important for the Red Wings to score more than one goal this game. In the first two games, the Red Wings have only been able to muster two goals total. A lot of that is attributed to the play of Tuukka Rask. Rask did a good job in game two of limiting the rebounds that he gave up which led to much fewer chances for the Red Wings.
Jimmy Howard was not at his best in game two after pitching a shutout in game one. Howard did keep the Red Wings in the game though and made some big saves for the Red Wings who were just unable to get any offense going. Howard should benefit from having the home crowd behind him giving him some extra confidence.
One thing the Red Wings need to change in order to be successful in the final games of this series is on the powerplay. The Red Wings are 0-6 in powerplay opportunities and have rarely shown much offensive pressure with the extra skater. The Red Wings need to be able to get some shots on net on the powerplay that could lead to more offensive chances. Get the powerplay going, and the Red Wings will have a much better chance of advancing.