Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins - 4/22/14
Boston Bruins (54-19-9) at Detroit Red Wings (39-28-15)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +125 / Boston Bruins -145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Red Wings look to reclaim the series lead as the scene shifts to the Motor City for the next contests including tonight’s game three.
The Bruins responded after a shaky outing in the series opener against Detroit in which they were blanked by a 1-0 final by skating to a 4-1 victory in convincing fashion in game two. The second effort from the B’s is what we have become accustomed to seeing from them over the last couple of years and if they can continue to play like that for the rest of the series then things could be over in a hurry. The Red Wings put up a nice fight in the two games in Boston but it was clear the talent disparity and the depth of the teams was very far off with Boston holding a distinct edge in both categories. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant in both games so far and the favourite to win the Vezina as the league’s top goalie will be a catalyst in Boston’s Cup run as he was a season ago. The Bruins will look to reclaim home ice advantage with a win in game three but they know full well that the Joe is a very tough place to play playoff hockey games even though the Wings had a subpar season on home ice compared to their usual dominance.
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The Red Wings surprised everyone by shutting out the Bruins in a huge game one victory but their momentum was quickly squashed as Boston bounced back nicely and grabbing the momentum heading back to Detroit. Jimmy Howard registered the shutout in the series opener as he and his blue line were spectacular in keeping the well balanced Boston attack at bay but they were exploited in a big way in game two as the Bruins power play took over and that will be a key for the Wings moving forward if they want to have any success in this series. Boston plays a game that forces its opponents to get frustrated and try to replicate their opponents’ physicality and as such it ends up costing the team a trip to the box where the flawless Bruins powerplay takes over. If the Wings can stay out of the box and go shift for shift with the B’s they have a shot at keeping this one close but if the Bruins can generate more odd man opportunities than this could be another tough contest for the red and white. While I don’t like the price as it is a bit ridiculous for a road team to be favoured this highly in the playoffs but it is manageable and I think the Bruins get it done.