Yeah whattup Detroit? Nu-uh, nu-uh nuh-no he didn’t! Ahhh! They didn’t do it again, what-what, what-what? Did you score on these Bruins three times, Hank?
Alright, sorry, weak effort at a Dr. Dre remix, but if you got it, that’d be pretty cool. But for real, in three matchups against Boston this season, Zetterberg has three goals, remember when he was playing?
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I know that’s a bit of a sour subject but it comes with remotely good news, the Wings are 2-1 against Boston this season, cool?
I’m not saying theres any correlation but i feel like I’d be doing the fans an injustice if I didn’t mention that Jonas Gustavsson started both of the wins and Jimmy Howard started the loss against the Bruins, just saying. JUST SAYING! Don’t get your panties in a bunch **Cough Joe Cough**, Jimmy will be getting the start tonight (as he should), by the way.
This is a game the Wings could really use (Duh), they sit at the top of the wild-card standings right now with only seven games left, none of which are necessarily “gimmes”, even if there are two games left against Buffalo and one with Carolina. The other four are tonight against Boston, one showdown with Montreal, one with Pitt and a matchup with former rival STL to wrap up the season. If you believe the talking heads from the bigger TV networks, it’s going to take 93-95 points to get into the playoffs in the East, which means the Red Wings needs to find 9+ in their last seven games.
Boston is riding a 9-0-1 record in their last ten skates and 15-0-1 in their last 16 overall, they’re also currently the number one seed in the entire league and have a 23-10-3 record on the road this year. Woah, I just scared myself a little bit there, Boston is a dangerous team and a team that the Wings will likely meet in the playoffs at some point if they have any Stanley Cup ambitions, so there’s no real point in being scared and I don’t believe the Wings are. The Bruins are led by the ageless Jarome Iginla in the goal category with 30, but they spread it around with nine guys who have 14+ goals. Their call to fame is their defense and goalie, leading the league in GAA and SV% as a team, Tuukka Rask is also top-three in both stats individually and leads the league in shutouts with seven.
The three keys for the Wings tonight
1- Keep Boston out of the zone and don’t give up easy chances. On November 17th, the Wings beat Boston 6-1, but the impressive stat was giving up only 17 shots and holding them to 0-3 on the PP. Their lone goal didn’t come until there were about three minutes left in the third.
2- At least attempt to keep up with their physicality. The Wings aren’t a team to really get dirty and match a team hit for hit these days but they have a couple “pain in the ass” type players that can frustrate an opponent. Boston is one of the bigger more physical team in the league and you’re not going to beat them if you let them push you around, so the Wings are going to need to stay tough and not shy away.
3- Give Jimmy some goal support. The Red Wings on the season score 2.47g per game when Jimmy starts and 3.17g per game when Monster starts. It’s pretty inexplicable at this point, I’d say “small sample size” but Monster has started 23 games, it can’t just be about sample size. He hasn’t been stellar this season but JH35 is the Wings starting goalie and that’s not going to change unless something drastic happens, 2.71 GAA and .909 SV% are by no means what Jimmy Howard really is, he’s better than that, but they’re also not his worst season numbers as a full time starter. In 2010-11 he posted a 2.79 and .908 in the regular season before he turned it around in the playoffs that season posting a 2.50 and .923 in 11 games, so there is still hope and for the Red Wings’ playoff sake, he better do it again.
I’m going to say the Wings win this one.
Wings 4, Bruins 2… Would it be more bold to assume Nyquist doesn’t score? He’ll have 2, how’s that?
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