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Bruins vs Red Wings preview: Didn't we just do this?

Is Gagne the hero we get right now?

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 8:00 PM, Joe Louis Arena.

TV Broadcast: NBCSN, TVA, SN1.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: Winging It In Motown

Season Record: Bruins: 1-3-0 | Red Wings 1-1-0

Red Wings Lines:

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Gustav Nyquist - Darren Helm - Andrej Nestrasil

Joakim Andersson - Luke Glendening - Drew Miller

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser - Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey - Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders: (starting) Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Ryan Spooner - Simon Gagne (!)

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

Game Notes:

  • Right now, the Bruins are dealing with a three-game losing streak and an average of one goal a game. It's early in the season and the rookies need to get used to a fast-paced NHL. There's no need to panic, but if the Bs plan on winning this second Red Wings matchup, they have to start producing on offense.
  • Bruins signed Simon Gagne to a one-year contract on Tuesday. I'm optimistic that he'll bring veteran strength and the goal production the Bruins desperately need. "Experience is number one," said Julien of signing Gagne.
  • Last time Detroit beat Boston 2-1 and Howard showed exceptional goaltending. So, yeah. Boston needs to improve on offense. It's Boston's last chance to capitalize on a Red Wings team without Datsyuk. Let's do this.

Last Game in Fancy Stats:

This is....not cute. The Bruins controlled possession HARD at the beginning of the game, had a crappy second period, then had a decent third period - right until the last few minutes, when the Avs hammered away for the last-second goal.


If I keep watching last years highlights, is this season really happening?