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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins
Venue: TD Garden; Boston, MA
Time: 7:00 PM
Television: Detroit- FSD; Boston- NESN; National- NHL Network
The Detroit Red Wings (2-0-0, 4 points, 1st Place Atlantic Division) are off to a great start in their new conference and division. Thanks to a late comeback in the third period followed by an overtime win of Friday night’s game against Carolina, the Red Wings have won their first two conference games and have one win against a divisional opponent.
The Red Wings could not muster any offense in the first two periods and saw themselves trail 2-0 entering the third but were finally able to get on the board with a goal by Justin Abdelkader. There was no more offense for either team until the Red Wings were forced to pull their goalie in an attempt to score the tying goal. With a mad scramble in front of the net, Henrik Zetterberg was able to corral a loose puck and fire it in for the tying goal with 17 seconds left. The Red Wings were then able to strike early in the overtime period with a goal by newcomer Stephen Weiss, his first as a Red Wing.
Last night’s win was a good win for a team that is on the road for back to back games early in the season. The Red Wings now go into a hostile environment for their biggest division game early this season to take on the defending East champion Boston Bruins (1-0-0, 2 points, 3rd place Atlantic Division).
The last time these two teams met was in the preseason on back to back games. The first game saw the Red Wings trounce Boston by a score of 8-2. Boston then rebounded for the second game and shut out the Red Wings 2-0.
Starting in goal for the Red Wings will be Jimmy Howard who will be looking to improve on his 2-0-0 record. He currently has a 1.48 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Howard is quickly becoming one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL and will look to add to that view by taking on a very good Boston team.
The Bruin’s goaltender is also considered one of the elite goalies in the NHL. After a very solid 2013 season, Tukka Rask cemented himself as Boston’s number one goaltender heading forward. Rask earned the win in Boston’s opening game, stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is sure to be a divisional rivalry that will continue to get heated over the season and the years, this could be a preview of a late playoff series this season and all of the games played between these two teams will be intense and fast paced.