#1 Boston Bruins vs. #8 Detroit Red Wings
Season Series: Boston 1-3-0, Detroit 3-1-0
Game 1: 4/18 DET @ BOS 8:30 PM
Game 2: 4/20 DET @ BOS 4PM
Game 3: 4/22 BOS @ DET 8:30 PM
Game 4: 4/24 BOS @ DET 9 PM
Game 5*: 4/26 DET @ BOS 4PM
Game 6*: 4/28 BOS @ DET (time TBD)
Game 7*: 4/30 DET @ BOS (time TBD)
* if necessary
The Boston Bruins looked very determined all season long to get back to the Stanley Cup finals where they let a late 2-1 lead in game six get away from them to let that team from Chicago take the cup. The offseason addition of Jarome Iginla has paid dividends. In 78 games this year, Iginla has scored 30 goals with 31 assists, his best season 2011-2012. He will prove to be very important for the B’s in this series, especially against a Detroit offense that can score with anyone. We can talk about all of the talented forwards and defensemen that returned to the Bruins this year, but the NHL Playoffs are about goaltending and Tukka Rask is still one of the best in the world. He was given a rest in the season finale and will be ready to try and shut down the Detroit offense.
Leading Scorer: David Krejci (19 goals, 50 assists, 69 points)
Backstop: Tukka Rask (36-25-6, 2.30 goals against average, .930 save %)
Ex Blackhawk Factor: No ex Hawks
Difference Maker: Tukka Rask
Detroit Red Wings
Our rivals take on the defending Eastern Conference champs in their first playoff experience under the recent realignment. The Wings were bit by the injury bug this season, only having a handful of players compete in more than 70 games. They have been pretty mediocre this year in a weak conference, and many of the experts are picking the Bruins to win the series in five or six games. However, I think Detroit has a lot to prove, much like the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, (if Tim Duncan were to miss 30 games in a season). Daniel Alfredsson has shown flashes this year, but missed Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. The Wings are going to need him to play against Boston, and not just to play, but at a very high level. Look for Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen to orchestra the offense for Detroit. Keep an eye on their leading goal-scorer Gustav Nyquist, just in his third year in the league. The Bruins are going to have to keep the youngster in check, as any bursts by him can inspire his older teammates.
Leading Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson (18 goals, 31 assists, 49 points)
Backstop: Jimmy Howard (21-19-11, 2.66 goals against average, .910 save %)
Ex Blackhawk Factor: Daniel Cleary, Chris Chelios (still bitter)
Difference Maker: Justin Abdelkader
Prediction Sure to Go Wrong– The Red Wings pull off the huge Original 6 upset and defeats the Bruins in 7 games!
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