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Bruins vs. Red Wings Preview: Please not 5 again

The Bruins head to Detroit to face a hot Red Wings team. Not allowing five goals would be a good start.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: 7 PM

Where: Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI

How to watch/listen: NESN, FoxSports Detroit, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Winging It in Motown

Teams: Red Wings - 6-2-0; Bruins - 3-4-0

Game notes

  • The Wings are on fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire! They’ve won six games in a row, most recently beating the Blues on Thursday night in a shootout. After losing the first two games of the season (and allowing ten goals in the process), the Wings have beaten the Senators, Rangers, Predators, Sharks, Hurricanes and Blues consecutively.
  • As stated above, the Wings allowed ten goals in the first two games. On their six-game win streak, they’ve allowed eight. For a struggling Bruins offense that will be missing a leading sniper, that’s not a great sign.
  • Bruins ULTRA NEMESIS Thomas Vanek leads the Wings in scoring with 4G-4A-8PTS totals. Gustav Nyquist is tied in points but has one fewer goal 3G-5A-8PTS.
  • The Bruins...where to begin? They’ve lost three games in a row, allowing 14 goals in the process. The ugliness continued on Wednesday with their second-straight "five goals-against" performance, this one after blowing an early two-goal lead. Fun stuff!
  • David Pastrnak will miss tonight’s game, serving the first game of his two game suspension for his "illegal check to the head" of Dan Girardi.
  • No word yet (as of Friday night) on whether or not Tuukka Rask will be back between the pipes. He was back on the ice practicing, but per reporters on-site, wasn’t practicing at full speed. The latest, from WEEI’s Ty Anderson, has Rask traveling with the team to Detroit.
  • With Pastrnak out, expect Danton Heinen to draw back in. What will the lines look like? WHO KNOWS? We’ll know more after the morning skate tomorrow.
  • The Bruins went 3-1-0 against Detroit last season.

Never forget

Silly Brendan Smith...