The Detroit Red Wings are back in Boston to take on the Bruins at 1:00 p.m. EDT. If you’re going to be in Beantown, make sure to buy some Wings vs. Bruins tickets to cheer them on the road.
Mike Babcock changed up the lines before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers and it paid off big time. The Red Wings went on to pot three power play goals and added an even strength goal and empty netter to seal the victory. If the Red Wings want to beat the Bruins tonight they will have to play the same way they did against the Flyers and capitalize on the power play.
The Bruins do not have a player who is taking over on offense, but the team as a whole is contributing and because of that they are dominating most teams. The other reason they are winning is because of Tuukka Rask, who leads the NHL in Goals Against Average and is second in Save Percentage. If the Red Wings want to win, they will have to find a way to solve Rask.
Who knew that all the Red Wings needed to do was put Todd Bertuzzi on the first line and first power play unit. Bertuzzi was on the ice for 4 of the 5 goals and score the Wings first power play goal of the season.
Luke Glendening made his presence felt on the ice, he did not play a lot of minutes, but he was money on the penalty kill and at the face-off dot.
Jordin Tootoo did not receive a lot of time on the ice and was invisible until his last shift of the night when he hit Kris Newbury, who then unnecessarily chopped Tootoo down.
Daniel Alfredsson‘s move to the third line did not help him as the Red Wings expected, but he still put up three assists on the top power play unit and helped them become a dominate force against the Flyers.
The defense was much better against the Flyers, Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Quincey looked good together and so did the pairing of Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl. I feel bad for Brendan Smith, but he has not been smart enough with the puck or good enough to warrant a spot on the blue line right now.
Prediction: The Red Wings are in for another tough battle against the Bruins and once again I am selecting the Bruins to take the victory. 2-1 Bruins.