Detroit Red Wings bracing for desperate Boston Bruins, who’ve lost three in a row – MLive.com
“I think playing Boston and Anaheim and back to Boston is a good test for us and gets us going for the season.” — Drew Miller
DETROIT – The best team in the NHL during the 2013-14 regular season might be the most desperate team in the league one week into 2014-15.
The Boston Bruins (1-3-0) have lost three in a row and have scored only four goals in four games. They’ll try to right the ship Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings, in their second trip to Joe Louis Arena in six days (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
“I think they’re probably at that point where they’re pretty desperate, so in the first little bit we have to weather the storm or match it or better it and then get back and keep playing our game and take it to them,” Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith said. “Getting pucks deep and making sure we stay on their D and work their D down low and tire them out that way.”
The Red Wings (1-1) have taken it to Boston in the regular season, going 8-1-0 vs. the Bruins since 2009-10, outscoring them 29-15. Boston, however, won when it mattered most, eliminating the Red Wings in five games in the first round of the playoffs last spring.
“We just try and battle hard and not give up much space,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re a real good team. They’ll have (David) Krejci back in their lineup, so they’re a better team than we played last. They’ve got all the pieces. They’re a team that needs a win badly. We’re a team that needs a win badly.”
The Red Wings beat the Bruins 2-1 last Thursday. This time Boston will have Krejci, its leading scorer last season, back from injury. The Bruins also will …read more