STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .970 Save %) vs. Howard (2-0-0, 1.47 GAA, .933 Save %). Rask is 0-1-1 with a 4.00 GAA and .860 save % in two career games against Detroit. Howard is 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .947 save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS DETROIT LIFETIME: The B’s and Wings will meet for the 580th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 235-246-95-3 record and a 1,743 to 1,735 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 155-91-43-2 in their 291 lifetime games against the Red Wings in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 1,015-774 in those contests. In their last four meetings, the Bruins are winless at 0-3-1, with their last win over Detroit coming on November 29, 2009. In their last 13 meetings, the Bruins have 6-4-3 over Detroit.
BRUINS RATINGS ON NESN A HIT: NESN’s coverage of Thursday night’s Bruins season opening win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was the second highest rated regular season game in NESN history with a 9.0 average household rating in the Boston DMA (15 share). NESN’s best regular season game rating ever was last season’s opener against the New York Rangers on January 19, 2013 when NESN garnered 9.4 HH rating (17 share).
KELLY’S PENALTY SHOT MARKS AN NHL FIRST: Forward Chris Kelly was awarded a penalty shot during Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay, which he converted on, giving the B’s their first goal of the 2013-14 season. The goal was Kelly’s first career penalty shot as well as the first successful penalty shot by a Bruin since Brad Marchand scored on Washington’s Braden Holtby on March 5, 2013. Kelly’s goal marked not only the first penalty shot taken by a Bruin in a season-opening game in the club’s history, but according to Elias Sports Bureau, the first time in NHL history that a team has scored their first goal of a season on a penalty shot as well.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The first celebration game will take place on Monday, October 14 vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
THIRD EPISODE OF BEHIND THE B SET FOR MONDAY, 10/21: The third episode of the Bruins all-access television series Behind The B presented by Alex and Ani will air on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN. Episodes two and three as well as exclusive extras can be viewed on the Bruins mobile app and on BostonBruins.com.
166 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins have sold out 166 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: The Detroit Red Wings enter tonight’s matchup 2-0-0 after winning their season opener against Buffalo on October 2 and Carolina on October 4… Johan Frazen (0-2), Niklas Kronwall (0-2) and Henrik (1-1) Zetterberg (1-1) enter tonight leading Detroit with two points apiece… Kronwall leads the NHL coming into tonight with a plus-5 rating… Zetterberg enters this evening’s matchup ranked second in the NHL in shots on goal with 14, including the 10 he recorded in last night’s game vs. Carolina… Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard has recorded three shutouts in his last seven regular season games.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 0-for-3 (0.00%, T-15th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 5-for-5 (100.0%, T-1st NHL)… Red Wings power play: 0-for-3 (0.00%, T-15th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 7-for-7 (100.0%, T-1st NHL).
POSTGAME TRANSCRIPTS: The Bruins Communications Staff will post transcripts from both locker rooms and from the pre and postgame press briefings of both head coaches on the Bruins Media Website. Visit www.bostonbruins.com/media and log in with the following combination (email: email@example.com, password: media).
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