Preview: Boston at Detroit

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Matchup Edge
BOS Edge in: DET
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Detroit Red Wings are aiming for their first three-game winning streak since the first two weeks of the season when they host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday in their second straight matchup against an Original Six rival. Detroit is coming off a 1-0 victory over Montreal to earn back-to-back home wins for the first time since Oct. 22-25.

The Red Wings own the longest playoff run among the four major professional sports with 25 consecutive postseason appearances, a streak that appears to be in jeopardy despite the consecutive wins over reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh and Montreal. Still, Detroit is only seven points behind second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division with three games in hand. The Bruins also have been wildly inconsistent, winning back-to-back games only once since Dec. 7, and are coming off a 4-0 home loss to the Eastern Conference-worst New York Islanders. "As much as you don't want it to happen, maybe we thought that it was going to be an easier game than it actually was against them.," Boston's Patrice Bergeron said.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVAS

ABOUT THE BRUINS (23-19-5): Forward Matt Beleskey, who has been sidelined for the past 22 games due to a knee injury, will accompany the team to the Motor City, although it's uncertain if he's ready to return to the lineup. "I haven't been told he's a go yet, but he's getting pretty close," coach Claude Julien said of Beleskey, who has only two goals in 24 games in a disappointing second season in Boston. The Bruins have scored five power-play goals and allowed four with the extra skater in the past four games.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (19-19-6): Thomas Vanek supplied the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over the Canadiens, giving him seven tallies in his last 10 games and 12 on the season. "He's been a really good fit for us. He's got an unbelievable offensive mind," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's got a really, really high IQ offensively and then he's got a pretty unique skill set for us." Vanek, who is riding a six-game point streak, has tormented the Bruins throughout his career with 31 goals and 64 points in 59 games.

OVERTIME

1. Bruins G Tuukka Rask blanked the Red Wings 1-0 in Detroit on Oct. 29. 

2. Red Wings G Petr Mrazek is 0-5-1 in his last six decisions while rookie G Jared Coreau has two shutouts in his last four starts.

3. Boston has won eight of the last nine matchups between the teams.

PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Red Wings 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Boston 23-19-4-1 L1 10-11-0-0 13-8-4-1 6-1-1-0 17-18-3-1 12-5-0-0
Detroit 19-19-6-0 W2 9-10-3-0 10-9-3-0 1-2-2-0 18-17-4-0 5-8-3-0

Last Meeting

Boston Detroit
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/29/16 BOS 1 DET 0 36 24 0-4 24 35 0-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
BOS D. Moore 1
DET J. Abdelkader 0
Goals Player  
BOS T. Schaller 1
DET J. Abdelkader 0
Assists Player  
BOS D. Moore 1
DET J. Abdelkader 0
Saves Player  
BOS T. Rask 24
DET J. Howard 35
Season
Total Points Player  
BOS B. Marchand 43
DET H. Zetterberg 31
Goals Player  
BOS D. Pastrnak 19
DET T. Vanek 12
Assists Player  
BOS B. Marchand 26
DET H. Zetterberg 22
Saves Player  
BOS T. Rask 835
DET P. Mrazek 602

Quickchart Matchup

Boston Off vs  Detroit Def
2.45 GF
2.89 GA
34 Shots
30.2 Shots
24 PP
23 PK
Detroit Off vs  Boston Def
2.43 GF
2.47 GA
29.1 Shots
26.7 Shots
17 PP
21 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Detroit
23-19-4-1 W/L 19-19-6-0
25-22 ATS 25-19
19-23 O/U 20-18
2.45 Goals For 2.43
2.47 Goals Agnst 2.89
Boston A/H Detroit
13-8-4-1 W/L 9-10-3-0
19-7 ATS 12-10
9-14 O/U 9-10
2.42 Goals For 2.50
2.27 Goals Agnst 2.55