You know what they say, third time’s the charm. Hopefully that rings true on Saturday when the Bruins and Red Wings will face off for the third time this season. In the first two meetings the Bruins have fallen short, getting out scored 7-3. The Bruins will be looking to win their second in a row after dominating the Canadiens on Wednesday night. Across the ice Detroit will be looking to stop their newest losing streak, having dropped their last two games against New Jersey and Buffalo.
Rask will be looking for his own revenge as he will get the start on Saturday. After Halak was unable to start last Sunday Rask was pressed into action. Rask played well but just didn’t get the offensive support he needed for the victory. The good news for Rask is the game is at home, where he has yet to lose a game in regulation, and will be highly motivated to keep that streak alive. For the Red Wings it looks like Howard will be getting the start. Even with how well Bernier performed last game he was the losing goalie in the last two games, giving up seven goals. Howard is winless in his last 18 games, and has only been on the ice for one of Detroit’s last seven games. Howard has had probably the worst season any goalie has had in recent history, still sitting at just two wins in 25 appearances.
Players to Watch
Well the obvious first player to watch is Pastrnak for the Bruins. With his fourth hat trick of the season on Wednesday, and his recapturing of the league goals lead, he could be preparing to go on another hot streak. Another player to watch for me is Danton Heinen. Heinen returned to his spot on the third line Wednesday and the line was creating chances left and right. With Detroit focusing its defensive energy on stopping our top line the third line could be in for a big afternoon. For Detroit the biggest name to watch is Anthony Mantha. Mantha has just returned from over a month on IR and has already contributed three points in his first two games back. On the season Mantha has scored 27 points in just 31 games, making him the Red Wings biggest offensive threat. Another name the Bruins will need to watch for us Andreas Athanasiou. With three goals in his last three games, including two in the last game against Boston, Athanasiou will be getting some attention for sure.
Last Sunday the Bruins outshot Detroit 40 to 20 but just couldn’t finish their chances. A big key to this game will be to not get frustrated if Howard doesn’t look rusty early. Another key is make sure to test him early, not just with volume but getting bodies to the front of the net. Howard has only played once in the last seven games. Forcing him to work through traffic and being patient with our shots will hopefully pay off with some goals. The Bruins will also need to remain disciplined, not allowing Detroit’s power play which just got its best weapon back to take the ice. On the flip side the Bruins power play needs to cash in on opportunities. A missed 5 on 3 in the last matchup really gave the Red Wings some momentum. If the Bruins just play their game this should be another W for the best team in the league. As always don’t forget to check out our other pages and stay up to date on all things Boston sports.
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