Last season the four games played between the Bruins and the Red Wings were stopped 7 times because of fighting, they really do not like each other and they have made no effort in hiding that fact. In their first game of this season the Bruins pulled away and took a 4-1 win as they crashed the Red Wings net and really controlled the rebounds off the goalies pads. You can expect the Red Wings to put up a little more of a fight on the ice given that their opening game has as heated as usual with 3 good fights.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins
1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2013
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Detroit knows that this year is a very important time in their franchise as they have given some big contracts out and expect their players to produce all the way into the postseason, anything short of that will be a disappointment. The Red Wings have gone with a more traditional 2-3 offense with their center moving up the ice and getting the late pace for a clean one on one matchup. I see them staying with the same game plan against Boston in this game just maybe keeping the defense back a little more and sitting a guy on the goalie.
Boston has only allowed 1.4 goals against them this season ranking them 4th overall wile their penalty kill percentage is at 90.9 percent. they are moving well with left wing Milan Lucic stepping up and being the physical presence they missed last season around the net. Lucic has come alive and leads the team with 3 points, 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games, he will need to come up big in this one to help his team compete.
What to Expect:
Boston is -130 in the NHL money line for this game against a Red Wings defense that has looked shaky so far, I like the way Detroit is moving the puke but they make too many forced errors in their own area that has lead them to penalties to save the goal option. My opinion is that Boston wins this game behind their defense and takes it 2-1.